• Atlantic City Electric Prepared for Hazardous Weather

    Feb 05, 2016

    MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Atlantic City Electric is closely monitoring a weather forecast that calls for the chance of accumulating snow and wind which could potentially affect the company’s service territory early next week.

    Atlantic City Electric will work around the clock to restore any power outages that may occur, but customers should be prepared for the possibility of service interruptions.

    Snow and ice can weigh down tree limbs and bring them into contact with power lines causing service interruptions. Such conditions can adversely affect saturated soil and cause trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment, leading to power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along icy and snow-covered roads.

    Atlantic City Electric is in contact with local emergency management officials.

    Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and downed wires, call 1-800-833-7476. Follow the prompts and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.atlanticcityelectric.com or our mobile app, available for download at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

     

    Preparedness tips for Atlantic City Electric customers:

    • Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
    • Keep at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.
    • Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
    • Make sure you have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate and won’t work if there is an outage.
    • Identify a safe alternate location in case of an extended outage.
    • Tune to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
    • Follow the advice of local emergency management officials.

     

    General Safety Tips:

    • Protect electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors and consider an uninterruptible power supply for temporary battery backup power.
    • If a portable generator is needed, follow the manufacturer's instructions and use only when necessary. Never run a generator indoors or inside an attached garage. Be sure to place the generator outside where deadly exhaust fumes will not enter into the home.
    • Do not connect a generator directly to the home's wiring. If a generator is plugged into the electrical circuits of a home, power can back-feed into Atlantic City Electric’s lines, which can injure or kill utility workers fixing downed power lines. It also can cause downed lines to re-energize.
    • Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if using an electrically operated sump pump, the customer should not turn off the power.

    For more information about Atlantic City Electric, visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acelecconnect.