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PUC Offers Winter Storm Utility Safety Tips

By Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

PUC Offers Winter Storm Utility Safety Tips

Residents Reminded to Report Outages, Use Caution During Severe Weather, and Give Utility Crews Room to Work Safely

HARRISBURG – As much of Pennsylvania braces for the possibility of snow, ice and freezing rain, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds households of the steps they can take to prepare for, and recover safely from, storm-related power outages.

Additionally, the PUC cautions residents to give utility crews ample room to perform their repair work – for your protection as well as theirs – and to use extra care when traveling, watching for utility crews working along streets and roads and slowing down in work areas.

“Time spent on planning and preparing before a storm can go a long way toward keeping yourself and your family safe when severe weather hits,” noted PUC Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille. “Snow, ice and high winds can disrupt utility service, underscoring the importance of storm preparations.”

During storm emergencies, the PUC continuously monitors utility issues and works closely with the Governor’s Office and the other state agencies involved in Pennsylvania’s coordinated storm response. Across the state, there is extensive behind-the-scenes work when storms are forecast, focused on quickly addressing problems and restoring service as rapidly as possible. Utilities are putting their severe weather plans into motion; crews and equipment are being positioned for quick response to outages; and communication with emergency management coordinators is enhanced.

Storm Preparation Tips

The PUC encourages residents to consider the following tips before a storm strikes your community:

Power Outage Tips

Should you lose power during a storm, keep the following points in mind:

Safety While Waiting for Power to be Restored

Households should consider the following tips to help stay safe until power is restored:

Natural Gas Safety Tips

Consumers using natural gas appliances can also be impacted by storms:

About the PUC

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

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