(BERLIN, Conn. – February 8, 2013) As snow falls quickly across all of Connecticut, Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is prepared to address any storm-related power outages. With record-breaking snowfall and high winds predicted, downed tree limbs pose a significant threat to the company’s electric system. Customers are encouraged to prepare for prolonged outages as a result of the storm.
CL&P is pre-staging employees and materials in locations across the state, and is preparing vehicles by adding tire chains, to travel safely across slippery roads in poor visibility conditions. In addition to CL&P’s approximately 400 line workers, hundreds of outside line workers are arriving to provide assistance, with hundreds more expected tomorrow.
CL&P encourages customers to prepare by assembling or restocking a storm kit and making arrangements to look out for their families, friends and neighbors. In addition, customers who are dependent on electricity for critical medical needs are urged to make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location if necessary.
Safety is always the top priority. Any customer using a generator should make sure it has been installed properly for their own safety, and the safety of line workers working to restore power. For important generator safety tips, check out CL&P’s “Using a Generator Safely” video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/IMD1pZc3EHM.
The Connecticut American Red Cross, one of CL&P’s partners in emergency preparedness, provides helpful information and resources at www.ctredcross.org. For tips and updates from CL&P, follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ctlightandpower.