(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Con Edison, obtained from 
Con Edison Prepares for Winter Storm, Urges Customers to Place
Safety First 
February 7, 2013 
NEW YORK - Con Edison is monitoring the storm that is expected
to dump snow and freezing rain on the New York area Friday and
Saturday and is preparing to respond to any outages that occur. 
The company reminds customers to take safety precautions and
avoid any downed power lines. 
Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check
service restoration status by computer or mobile device at They can also call 1-800-75-CONED
(1-800-752-6633).  When reporting an outage, customers should
have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and
report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers
who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their
estimated restoration times as they become available. 
Depending on the severity of storm damage, crews will give
priority to restoring service lines that will provide power to
the most customers as quickly as possible, then move on to
restore smaller groups and individual customers who are without
Con Edison offers the following safety tips: 
If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat
all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them
or touch them with your hands or any object. Be mindful that
downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or
Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police
department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while
you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency
If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that
would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored.
If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits
may overload.
Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated
radios are in working order. Make sure you have extra batteries.
Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service
can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
For more tips on storm preparation, go to 
The company is in close contact with the New York City Office of
Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of
Emergency Services to coordinate storm response if needed. 
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