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CMP Prepared for April Fool’s Day Snowstorm
AUGUSTA, Maine, March 31, 2011 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is getting ready for an early-spring storm due to hit the area Friday. Utility trucks are fueled and equipped, and key CMP personnel participated in a conference call Thursday to discuss staffing levels and finalize storm-response plans.
CMP spokesman John Carroll said the utility’s storm-response team has been watching the forecast closely, and its restoration plan is in place. The utility’s main concern will be the moisture content of the snow.
“We have about 120 tree crews working year round to trim along our lines for reliability, but this type of storm can still bring down trees and limbs,” he said. “Our crews have been told to sharpen their chain saws, come in early tomorrow with their bags packed, and be ready to go to wherever they are needed.”
If outages occur, CMP urges customers to call the toll-free outage hotline: 1-800-696-1000.
CMP offers customers the following tips 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:
- Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s owner manual.
- Don’t run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
- Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
- Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
- Don’t store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.
- 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.
“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines or fallen trees that may be tangled in the lines,” said Carroll. “These lines should be considered live and dangerous. Customers should leave the clean-up to our crews, who are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews on slippery roads or in blowing snow. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers 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.
CMP will also issue storm updates on Twitter. People can follow CMP by going to http://www.twitter.com/@cmpco.
About CMP and Iberdrola USA: CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company, serving more than 600,000 customers. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.
For more information, visit www.cmpco.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.