Saturday, August 27, 2011
The National Weather Service has stated that the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area could experience damaging conditions, including high winds, heavy rains, and potential for flooding. Montgomery County, working with its utility companies (Pepco, BGE, Allegheny Power) urges customers to prepare for potential power outages, with the possibility of multi-day outages in some areas.
Precautions and Recommendations:
•Do not approach or attempt to move downed power lines.
•Immediately report damage or an outage to your utility.
o Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
o BG&E: 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
o Potomac Edison (Allegheny Power): 1-800-255-3443
•Never use a candle when fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern, since the candle flame can ignite fumes from the fuel.
•Try to stay in an interior room or away from windows.
•Stay calm and do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
•If flooding occurs, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
•During a power outage, turn off major appliances. This will minimize losing power again through a power surge and protect the equipment when power returns.
•Do not go outside. Flying debris from high winds is a danger. As the eye of the storm passes, there will be a short period of calm followed by rapid wind speed increases to hurricane force that will come from the opposite direction.
• Customers are recommended to go to the websites of their utility companies for status updates regarding service.
•For downed trees on public property, call 3-1-1 (or 240-777-0311 from outside the County or from a cell phone) or go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311 at any time to report the problem. If live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, the tree is on a structure, or if persons are trapped under the fallen tree, call 9-1-1.
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