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UI says outages down to 184

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United Illuminating said Friday night’s blizzard did limited damage to its system and it has reduced outages to 184.
The utility said crews were in the field during the storm and restored power to 1,900 customers.
Here are some tips and numbers to call for outages.
Report electric service outages and service emergencies to UI at 800-722-5584 (800-7-CALL-UI). If there is an immediate threat to safety, call 911.
* Avoid using candles indoors during an outage – they may present a fire hazard.
* Never use your natural gas stove or oven as a space heater. If you lose heat, put on warm clothing. If necessary, relocated somewhere with functioning heat, or dial 211 for a referral to a shelter or other emergency services.
* If your home has generator for use during a power outage, read and follow the instructions carefully. Make sure the generator operates outdoors away from your home so the byproducts of combustion don’t enter your living space.
* Assume downed wires or damaged electrical equipment is live and dangerous, as well as anything they may be touching. Stay at least 20 feet away, and keep children and pets indoors.
* Storm debris can hide fallen power lines. Live electrical lines may also be touching trees, fences, and other objects. The ground immediately around a downed electric line may be energized. Keep your distance.
* Take note of overhead lines before cleaning gutters, removing snow from the roof or performing other outdoor work at home. Assume overhead lines are energized, even if you’ve lost power, unless your utility or a licensed electrician informs you otherwise.
* When carrying ladders and long-handled tools, check your path to make sure you won’t cross overhead lines. Always keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead lines, including lines from the pole to your home.
* Use only non-conductive ladders when working near overhead power lines.
* If you are a natural gas customer, keep any outdoor gas equipment, such as a meter, regulator or piping, clear of any accumulation of snow and ice. Use a broom rather than a shovel to avoid damaging the gas equipment. Also, when conditions are safe, check your roof and gutters to make sure there is no snow or ice buildup that can fall on your gas meter or piping, or block vents.
* Check your carbon monoxide detector to make sure the batteries are in proper working order.
Report Outages and Other Problems:

* The United Illuminating Company: 800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584)
* Southern Connecticut Gas Company: 800-513-8898
* Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation: 866-924-5325

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Rob Varnon

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