>> NYSEG urges customers to stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call the company’s electric emergency number (1.800.572.1131) to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations. NYSEG’s natural gas emergency number is 1.800.572.1121.
>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas and away from windows and doors.
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NYSEG MAKING EXCELLENT PROGRESS RESTORING POWER FOLLOWING SEVERE STORMS
Clifton Park, NY, February 27, 2010 (11 a.m.) – Hundreds of NYSEG and contract crews are continuing to make progress in rebuilding portions of NYSEG’s electricity delivery system in the company’s 25-county East Region following this week’s nasty winter storms. At the peak of the interruptions, more than 26,000 NYSEG customers were without power in the company’s Mechanicville, Plattsburgh, Liberty, Oneonta and Brewster divisions.
Here is a wrap up of current power interruptions in NYSEG’s East Region as of 11 a.m.:
• Brewster Division: Approximately 11,500 customers are currently without power; 600 in Dutchess County, 6,000 in Putnam County and 4,900 in Westchester County.
• Liberty Division: Approximately 4,500 customers are currently without power; 50 in Delaware County, 2,250 in Orange County and 2,200 in Ulster County.
• Oneonta Division: Approximately 700 customers are currently without power; 40 in Greene County, 10 in Schoharie County and 650 in Ulster County.
NYSEG offers the following storm tips to customers:
During a power interruption
- Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
- Contact NYSEG (1.800.572.1131) to report a power interruption. Our telephone system lets callers report the problem, helps our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provides customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at nyseg.com.
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.
- Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, stereos) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.
- Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
- Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
- Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
After power is restored
- If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG to have services turned on.
- Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.
- Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.