Northeast Ohio: Reporting power outages; safety tips

6:57 AM, Feb 2, 2011   |    comments
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FirstEnergy companies (Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison) are already dealing with outages.

See FirstEnergy outage map

FirstEnergy customers should report any outages immediately at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

Cleveland Public Power customers should call 216-664-3156 to report an outage.

Cleveland Public Power

Report an outage

American Electric Power also serves customers in Ohio.

Report an AEP outage

All of the companies have these tips for customers who experience an outage.

Be safe around power lines. Assume any downed wire is carrying electricity and call your local electric company, police or fire department to report it.

Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food will keep for hours if you limit the number of times the doors are opened.

Never use gas stoves or outdoor heaters to keep your house warm. These devices can cause the build up of deadly carbon monoxide in your home.

Use generators safely and according to instructions. Follow directions for placement of generators and safe electrical connections. Never connect a generator to your home electrical system without contacting a certified electrician and installing a proper isolation device.

Stock up on batteries for flashlights and portable radios.

Unplug appliances and electronics until power is restored. This will help protect your electronics and other sensitive equipment, and ease the initial load on 2 the electrical system when the power is restored. Leave one light on so that you know when the power is back.

Make sure you have at least one corded (landline) telephone. Most cordless phones will not operate properly in a power outage.

Stay tuned for updates and information from your local and state emergency management agencies.

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