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UIL on Watch for Storms

UIL on Watch for Storms

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UIL Holdings Corporation157 Church Street P.O. Box 1564 New Haven, CT 06506-0901203.499.2812 Fax: 203.499.3626 
July 18, 2011
Media Contact:
Michael A. West Jr. – 203-499-3858
UIL Holdings’ Companies “On Watch”For Possible Inclement Weather
Company Offers Preparation Tips
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- July 18, 2011 -- UIL Holdings Corporation and its operatingcompanies are encouraging customers to take extra precautions during the severe weatherpredicted for later today. The National Weather Service is predicting scatteredthunderstorms during the afternoon and into the evening hours that may be severe;producing large hail and strong winds.UIL’s electric utility, The United Illuminating Company (UI), is currently monitoring theweather and will continue to monitor it throughout the day. UI is also executing its plansfor responding to outages expected as a result of the severe weather.Management is meeting to evaluate crew and equipment resource availability, initiatecoordination efforts with local and state emergency management centers and verify extrastaff to support the restoration activities.UIL and its operating companies have prepared some tips to help keep you and yourfamilies safe and prepared should power outages occur:
Report problems:
Always assume downed power lines are live and dangerous, and be mindful of naturalgas odors. If you see a downed power line, need to report an electrical power outage, orsmell natural gas, please call your utility toll-free with the location and any specifics.
The United Illuminating Company
: 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584)
Southern Connecticut Gas Company
: 1-800-513-8898
Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation
: at 1-866-924-5325
Berkshire Gas Corporation
: 1-800-292-5012
 If you have a home generator it must be connected to your home’s wiring through aspecial transfer switch to ensure that the house wires are isolated from the utility wires.This will ensure that your home and equipment are safely operated.-- MORE --
Medical equipment
:If you or someone in your home uses electronic life-support or medical-monitoringequipment, you should have a back-up plan in case you lose power in a storm. UI alsohas a program to register “life support” customers. Call 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584) to find out more.
Other household equipment
:Make sure you have a household phone that doesn’t need to be plugged in to an electricaloutlet to work. Most cordless telephones don’t work when the power is off. Also, if youhave an electric garage door, be sure you know how to operate it manually.
Perform a Storm Inventory:
Take an inventory of your home and stock up on any supplies you might need.
Be sure to have flashlights, candles, matches, a first-aid kit, a battery-operatedradio or TV, and a battery-operated clock. Maintain a supply of extra batteries of various sizes.
Fill containers with drinking water and keep a supply of canned or dried food.Check the expiration dates on canned foods and make sure you have a manual canopener.
Charge your mobile phone so you can report outages or emergencies. Store keycontacts in your phone’s memory, and keep a paper copy in case your batteriesrun out.
Storm Cleanup:
Take note of any overhead lines before cleaning gutters or performing otheroutdoor work at home.
When carrying ladders and long-handled tools, check your path to make sure youwon’t cross overhead lines.
Always keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from overheadlines, including lines from the pole to your home.
Assume that all downed overhead lines are energized, even if you’ve lost power,unless your utility informs you otherwise.
Use only non-conductive ladders when working near any overhead power lines.
Natural gas customers should keep sidewall vents clear of debris, leaves andvegetation.
 Lightning Safety:
If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Take shelterimmediately.
If possible, remain indoors. Keep windows and doors shut, and stay away fromthem.
Do not use corded phones, computers or other equipment that puts you in directcontact with electricity. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
If you are outdoors, take shelter in your car if possible. Keep the windows anddoors closed.-- MORE --
Source: National Weather Service:http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ 

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