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Public Service Announcement – Potential Power Outages

28 Oct 2011

Wilkes-Barre, PA (October 28, 2011) – Weather predictions for this weekend call for the possibility of heavy, wet snow. Snow is expected to begin early Saturday and continue throughout the day. Combined with already wet ground and trees still full of leaves, this storm could result in downed power lines and potential electric power outages.

To report a power outage or in the event of an electrical emergency, customers are advised to contact UGI Electric’s 24-hour emergency number, (800) 276-2722. We remind customers and community members to always avoid downed power lines.

If you depend on medical equipment for life-support, we recommend that you purchase a back-up power supply or arrange to stay with family or friends. In a major outage, we may not be able to restore power quickly enough to meet your priority needs.

If you use a generator during an outage, please make sure it is used safely. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, generators, grills and similar items should only be used outdoors.

UGI, as well as public health and emergency response organizations, recommend that all households assemble an emergency storm kit that should include the following items:

  • Flashlights and fresh batteries (use battery powered flashlights and lanterns rather than candles to minimize the risk of fire)
  • Battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
  • Land line phone with cord (Cordless phones require electricity to operate)
  • Battery-powered or windup alarm clock
  • A supply of bottled water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable foods that require no heating
  • Hand-operated can opener
  • Blankets, bedding, or sleeping bags and a change of clothes
  • First Aid Kit and prescription medications
  • Special items for infants, the elderly or family members with special needs
  • Pet supplies
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Emergency Services and UGI telephone numbers

UGI is preparing for a significant winter storm. UGI will deploy additional field resources as needed to restore power as quickly as possible if a large number of outages occur due to the storm.

UGI Utilities – Electric Division serves 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com.