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Con Edison Issues Safety Warning With Storms Moving Into NY Area

While Con Edison asks customers to continue conserving electricity during the heat wave, the company reminds the public to be safe as rain and windstorms approach the area.

Most importantly, do not touch downed wires with your hands or any object. They may be live.

If you see downed wires, call 1-800-75CONED or your local police department.

Con Edison has restored electrical service to more than 7,800 customers since Saturday. Only a few heat-related outages have occurred today despite heavy demand for electricity.

Con Edison urges members of the public to take safety precautions if the heavy winds bring down wires, transformers and other overhead equipment.

  • Treat all downed wires as if they are live*. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
  • If a power line falls on your car while you're in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored.
  • Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.
  • For more storm tips and preparation, go to www.conEd.com

Crews will give priority to restoring service lines that will provide power to the most customers as quickly as possible, then move on to restore smaller groups and individual customers who are without power.

With temperatures forecast to hit 90 degrees for several more days, New Yorkers are advised to follow these money-saving conservation tips:

  • Con Edison offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs for this summer. The Smart AC Program connects customers with smart technology to control their room air conditioners from their computer or mobile device. Learn more by visiting: [https://conedsmartac.com];
  • Set your air conditioning to the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree you lower the thermostat drives up your bill by 6 percent; Keep AC filters clean;
  • To reduce heat and moisture in your home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it's cooler outside;
  • When the AC is running, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out;
  • Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows;
  • Turn off ACs, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer or smart technology to turn your AC on about a half-hour before arriving home;
  • If you run a business, keep your door closed while the AC is running.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

Stay on top of outages and power problems by signing up for text notifications. To sign up for text alerts, go to: http://coned.com/mobileapp/

Also, download Con Edison’s new free iPhone and Android app, My conEdison, to report and check the status of a power problem, and view the company’s interactive online outage map.

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