December 3, 2010 10:29 am
RISMEDIA, December 3, 2010--With inevitable freezing temperatures in our near-future, it is important to understand what you can do to keep safe and warm when icy weather decides to strike. Oncor has begun preparations for possible icy conditions by keeping an eye on the weather and alerting crews to be ready to restore power. They recommend that consumers follow these helpful tips to stay safe and speed restoration:
Safety Always avoid downed power lines. Any downed line should be considered energized and, therefore, dangerous. Report downed lines immediately by calling the number on your electric bill and stay out of the immediate area. If you are trapped inside a vehicle, stay inside the car. Call 911 for assistance.
Avoid debris that may conceal downed power lines and make sure there are no downed lines before allowing children out to play.
Steer clear of crew work areas. Equipment and energized lines may be in the area that could create a safety hazard. When driving, watch for crews working along the roadways, and obey all traffic signs and directions around work areas.
Dont attempt to make repairs to any electrical systems or pull limbs off lines.
Be careful when using portable heaters or other supplemental heating. Never place heaters near flammable materials or where they might tip over. Use fire screens to prevent sparks and embers from causing problems.
Exercise extreme caution if using candles during a power outage. Always keep candles away from flammable objects and never leave them burning unattended.
Restoration If your power goes out, dont assume the electric company knows. Call the phone number on your electric bill to alert them of the problem.
Leave porch lights on to show crews where power has been restored.
Be patient. When major outages occur, crews focus on restoring power to transmission lines and distribution lines that feed neighborhoods before working on distribution lines that feed directly to homes and businesses. However, be assured that these crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to customers.
To be prepared, keep flashlights, battery-operated radios, and a supply of food and water close by.
If the weather interrupts electrical service, customers are urged to call the number on their electric bill. This line is answered by an automated system designed to handle power outage calls. The most efficient way for customers to report outages is to leave all information on this system.
If icy conditions knock down power lines in your neighborhood this winter season, contact your electric company as soon as possible. For more information regarding power lines and safety, visit http://www.oncor.com/.