Be Ready for the Next Winter Storm

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By United Illuminating on February 22, 2013, 1:45pm Last modified: February 25, 2013, 11:37am

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In Connecticut, one never knows what to expect during the winter. One day it can be a mild 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the next our region could get hit with an arctic blast from Canada that brings temperatures to below zero.

Winter storms can also cause disruptions in your electrical service when snow, ice and winds bring tree limbs down on wires. Loss of power can be a challenge to manage, and it helps if you are prepared. Here are some storm tips to help you weather the next winter storm. To view the full list visit UI’s Storm Center:

  • Be sure to have flashlights, candles, matches, a disposable lighter, a first-aid kit, a battery-operated radio or TV, and a battery-operated clock. Maintain a supply of extra batteries of various sizes.
  • Fill containers with drinking water (one gallon per person, per day) and keep a three-day supply of canned or dried food. Check expiration dates on canned foods and make sure you have a manual can opener.
  • Charge your mobile phone so you can report outages or emergencies. Store key contacts in your phone’s memory, and keep a paper copy in case your batteries run out. UI’s toll-free line is 800-722-5584 (800-7-CALL-UI).

No matter what the weather, UI’s goal is to provide customers with safe, reliable electricity.

Safety is always our No. 1 priority. UI designs, builds, and operates its electric system in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and UI’s own safety rules. View our electric safety video and get important safety tips for your home.

A general belief is that getting electricity is simple and just happens with the flip of a light switch, but the truth is that a great deal of work goes into providing energy to customers.

Our region’s electric infrastructure consists of lines, poles, substations, towers, meters, transformers and much more – everything it takes to get electricity from generation plants to you. And, like your car or your home, it needs to be maintained, repaired and upgraded to maintain the reliable, safe service our customers have come to expect.

When the next winter storm hits, take time to remember the great deal of effort that goes into providing the energy behind your power. To learn more, visit, .

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