PSEG Long Island Is Prepared for First Winter Storm

Utility offers information and safety tips for customers

(Uniondale, NY – November 14, 2018) — PSEG Long Island is closely monitoring and ready for the season’s first forecast of snow, sleet and rain expected to hit the service area Thursday. In preparation, PSEG Long Island has performed system checks on critical transmission & distribution equipment and ensured the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies.
“If the weather conditions cause interruptions to service, we are prepared and will respond and restore outages safely and quickly,” said John O’Connell, vice president of transmission & distribution at PSEG Long Island. “Whether it’s the first storm of the season or three consecutive storms at the end of the season, like we had last March, we are committed to providing safe, reliable service to our customers.”

Heavy snow and icing on lines and trees and windy conditions can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages. Snowy roads and poor visibility make drivers more likely to lose control and strike utility poles, which can also cause wires to come down.

A full complement of personnel will be on hand to deal with any outages caused by the wintry weather. Contractors, including tree crews, will also be available to assist the utility’s own skilled workforce if necessary.

PSEG Long Island works throughout the year to prepare for extreme weather and to make sure the energy grid is reliable. That includes continually trimming tree limbs away from power lines, enhancing technology to detect and restore outages and advancing FEMA reliability projects across the service territory—all in order to provide greater reliability and to help prevent outages during storms.

Stay connected:
• To report and receive status updates on an outage Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or to report an outage online visit www.psegliny.com.
• To report an outage or downed wire call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 800-490-0075.
• Follow PSEG Long Island on Facebook and Twitter to report an outage and for updates before, during and after the storm• Visit PSEG Long Island’s outage map to view outage information across Long Island and the Rockaways at https://outagemap.psegliny.com/

Stay safe:
• Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything contacting the wire. To report a downed wire call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 800-490-0075
• High winds may cause flying debris, and bring down trees and power lines. Be cautious and stay alert to surroundings during and after storms.
• To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in a garage or any other enclosed space.
• Make sure everyone in the family is prepared and knows what to do if there is an emergency. Visit https://www.psegliny.com/safetyandreliability/stormsafety/beforeastorm to learn about safety tips from Sesame Street, YouTube safety videos and more.

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