ComEd Makes Preparations in Advance of Highly Severe Winter Storm
Up to 10 inches of snow and high winds expected to cause significant damage to
CHICAGO, Dec. 20, 2012
CHICAGO, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --As northern Illinois awaits what is
anticipated to be a severe and damaging winter storm, ComEd is preparing
additional crews and equipment to respond quickly to expected power outages.
In addition to ComEd crews, the utility's efforts include the mobilization of
close to 200 contractor and mutual assistance crews in anticipation of up to
10 inches of snow and winds as high as 50 miles per hour that could
potentially disrupt electric service for customers.
"This winter storm is expected to be especially damaging to our system as we
face a potential combination of wind, snow and ice," said Terence Donnelly,
executive vice president and chief operating officer, ComEd. "We have
increased staffing levels and proactively requested assistance from other
utilities to ensure we are ready to quickly and safely begin power restoration
ComEd urges customers to contact the utility immediately if they are
experiencing a power outage. To report an outage,customers can call 1-800
EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report it through the website at ComEd.com or at
Facebook.com/ComEd.Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES
Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report their outage and receive
restoration information. Customers also can follow us on Twitter @ComEd or on
Facebook at Facebook.com/ComEd to stay up to date on the latest ComEd storm
restoration information. ComEd has also introduced a mobile app for iPhone and
Android® smart phones that gives customers the ability to report power outages
and manage their accounts.
Public safety is paramount during storms, and ComEd encourages the public to
remember to take the following precautions:
oIf you encounter a downed power line, immediately call ComEd at
1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) or access our website at ComEd.com and
report the location. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES
oNever approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is
energized and extremely dangerous.
oCheck on elderly and other sensitive family members and neighbors to
ensure their safety and make alternate arrangements, if necessary.
ComEd also offers the following tips to help customers safely prepare their
homes for winter weather, manage their energy usage and reduce electricity
+Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors and
openings for utility services, replacing as necessary. Making these
improvements could result in savings of up to 20 percent on annual heating
+Have home heating systems cleaned and inspected by a professional each
year to ensure safety and optimum efficiency. Test smoke and carbon
monoxide alarms to ensure proper functioning.
+Keep three feet of space between space heaters and any surfaces that could
burn, including walls and bedding. Choose space heaters with automatic
shut-off in case they tip over.
+Reverse the rotation of ceiling fan blades, which should spin clockwise at
low speed during the winter months, so the warm air that has risen can be
re-distributed around the room.
+Visit ComEd.com and select "Use My Energy Tools" beneath the "My Usage"
tab. Customers can evaluate past energy usage and learn about more ways to
keep their homes energy efficient.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider,
with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to
approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of
the state's population.
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