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Keep safety a priority during a New England winter storm

Content courtesy of National Grid

How to keep safety a priority – before, during and after the storm:

  • Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
  • With the increased snow in our area, it is important to remember to avoid blocking any gas vents. Always be sure to clear gas vents of snow and ice. Blocked vents can cause the deadly buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors only. Operating a generator indoors or even in a garage can cause the deadly built up of carbon monoxide. Before operating generators, disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of line crews and the public.

Other safety tips

  • It is a good idea to ensure your mobile devices are charged prior to the storm so that you can stay connected.
  • Receive text message alerts and updates when you text the word STORM to NGRID (64743).
  • Use your mobile device to report outages, track outage information and browse storm-related safety tips through National Grid’s mobile site accessible at www.ngrid.com/mobile.
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