Con Edison Media Relations
October 31, 2012
CON EDISON WARNS TRICK OR TREATERS:
DOWNED WIRES MASK TROUBLE ON HALLOWEEN
NEW YORK – Hurricane Sandy could play dangerous tricks on kids looking for a good time on Halloween night, so Con Edison is offering safety tips to avoid problems.
Here are some suggestions for children to have a safe night:
- Avoid any downed electrical wires or equipment. Treat any wire that's in the street or on lawns as if it's carrying electricity, which can carry painful shocks. They also should avoid any puddles or standing water, which can conduct electricity. More than 5,000 wires fell to Sandy's wicked ride through our area.
- Be careful crossing streets, especially at corners with no red lights. Hold on to younger brothers, sisters and friends when crossing the street. Be sure to look both ways.
- Carry a flashlight when walking even if the street is lighted, but definitely if Hurricane Sandy snuffed out street lights.
- Wear a safety vest. They not only are cool but keep little trick or treaters visible to drivers and others.
- Never go into a stranger's house. Make sure mom or dad, a guardian, or an older sister or brother, is within sight.
- Children should always let their parents know where they are going.
- Children are urged to be careful near Con Edison work sites in their neighborhoods.
Con Edison crews and contractors are working to restore electricity in hundreds of neighborhoods in New York City and Westchester County.
Customers can report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration status online by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com.They can also call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, have your Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether your neighbors have also lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.