With heavy rain and strong winds in the forecast later today and into tomorrow, National Grid is warning its customers there is potential for power outages due to the storm. With this, National Grid says it has activated their comprehensive emergency response plan.
The comprehensive emergency response plan includes adding additional external line crews, pro-staging crews and materials in areas expected to be most impacted by the storm, and more. National Grid says it also encourages their customers to keep safety as a top priority with reminders on electricity and generator safety and safety near downed power lines.
National Grid says if a power outage does occur, customers can report it via the Report/Check an Outage page found HERE. Additionally, customers are being reminded that if they need to use a generator to power their home, the generator must be operated outdoors to prevent a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. Before operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker, located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could endanger our crews and your neighbors. Residents should also have working flashlights or other battery powered lights ready.
When it comes to a downed power line, always assume the downed power lines and wires are carrying live electricity and to never touch a person or an object that is in contact with a downed line. National Grid also reminds water can conduct electricity and if a downed line is in a puddle or flooded area, avoid contact with the water to prevent risk of shock.
Customers can learn more and have the option to stay connected with National Grid with updates by clicking HERE.