Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP ready for another round of winter weather
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 26, 2008 — Another dose of winter weather is headed toward Maine, and Central Maine Power Co. is ready. The utility’s trucks are fueled up and equipped, and workers are on standby, in case the winter storm forecast to dump significant snow on parts of its service area disrupts power.
“We’re expecting a wide range of conditions across the service area, but the areas of mixed snow, sleet, and ice are the most likely to see problems, so we’ll deploy our crews based on how the storm develops,” says CMP spokesman John Carroll. “It paid off earlier this month when we were able to clean up ice storm damage in just a couple of days.”
CMP encourages customers to take some simple steps to stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.
• Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
• When you use an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly.
• Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
• For customers with generators:
o Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator's owner manual.
o Don't run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
o Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
o Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
o Don't store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it's running.
o Refer to CMP’s web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/default.html
The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“We’ve said it before but it bears repeating — everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines and fallen trees or limbs that may be tangled in the lines,” said Carroll. “These should all be considered live and dangerous, and our crews are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews in the roadway. The working conditions are difficult, and they will appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP's web site at www.cmpco.com.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
About Energy East: Energy East Corporation is a respected, super-regional energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally responsible manner, Energy East will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve.
— CMP —