Risk of power outages with snowstorm

(ReportIt: David Porr)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – National Grid is warning customers about the possibility of power outages during the upcoming snow storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning, starting Monday night, for all of Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.

National Grid is issuing some tips for remaining safe in the case of a power outage:

• Never touch downed power lines. If you see one, immediately contact emergency management crews.
• If you lose power, turn off all appliances, but keep one light on to know when power is turned back on.
• Operate generators outdoors, but before operating, disconnect from National Grid’s system. Failure to do so could put line crews and the public in danger.
• Check on elderly family members and neighbors who may need assistance.

To report a power outage, call National Grid’s outage line at 1-800-465-1212.

People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment should let National Grid know, by calling 1-800-322-3223. Providence residents who need assistance with snow removal should call 401-680-8080.

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