Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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February 5, 2015
Central Maine Power Urges Caution When Clearing Snow
With an abundance of snow needing removal from dooryards, parking areas, and roofs,
utility urges homeowners and contractors to stay clear of power lines and equipment
AUGUSTA, Maine — As Maine continues its recovery from a series of winter storms, Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is urging homeowners and contractors working on snow removal to be mindful of overhead power lines.
“Ladders, roof rakes, bucket loaders, dump trucks, and other equipment can all conduct electricity, and contacting a power line with any of these items could be deadly,” said Gail Rice, CMP spokesperson. “We have had several incidents this week where snow removal mishaps disrupted service to customers, and the people doing this work were lucky not to have been hurt.”
The utility points out that the coating on some power lines — particularly service cables to homes — is not designed to protect workers from a serious electrical contact. And because electricity is always seeking a path to ground, a worker, equipment, or tools could become part of that path and risk serious injury, or even death, by accidentally touching a conductor.
Central Maine Power offers the following tips for staying safe while removing snow:
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About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.
About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA is the U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast, providing electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, and energy services. For more information, please visit our website: www.iberdrolausa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @IberdrolaUSA