For Immediate Release: December 29, 1997
CON EDISON OFFERS STORM PREPARATION TIPS
With weather forecasters predicting high winds and rain affecting the
down wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch
them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from
view by tree limbs, leaves, water or snow. Report all downed wires to
Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power
line falls on your car while youíre in it, it is recommended that you stay
inside the vehicle and wait for expert help.
overloaded circuits when power is restored. To report a power
interruption at your home, phone the customer service number on your
Con Edison bill or the Con Edison phone number listed in your local
phone book. When reporting an outage, have your Con Edison
account number handy, if possible, and report whether your neighbors
have also lost power. Meanwhile, leave at least one light switch in the
on position to alert you when power has been restored.
fueled by a combustible liquid, and never use a gas stove for heat. The
misuse of stoves or other gas appliances can lead to dangerous levels
of carbon monoxide. If kerosene or other types of heaters are legal in
your area (they are not legal in New York City), always follow the
manufacturers instructions carefully. Your home will hold heat for a
period of time, which can be extended if doors are kept closed and
windows are sealed tightly.
danger of freezing, turn on faucets slightly. Running water will not
freeze as quickly.
or televisions are in working order, and use candles with care. Also,
make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and
news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local
radio and television stations.
Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds
the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for
36 to 48 hours, half-full freezers will keep food frozen for about 24
hours. This time of year, unheated garages and sheds are good places
to store food when the temperature outside is at or below freezing.