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Subject:   SEATTLE CITY LIGHT PREPARED FOR COLD WEATHER AND HIGH WINDS
For Immediate Release:   
12/20/2008  4:00:00 PM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233

SEATTLE CITY LIGHT PREPARED FOR COLD WEATHER AND HIGH WINDS

Winter Storm Warning Issued - Customers Should Prepare

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light is prepared for the winter storm that is expected to hit sometime today bringing snow and high winds.

We are concerned about the possibility of some high winds hitting our service area late this afternoon, Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. We are holding some crews to be ready for what may hit us later today. Our fleet is chained up and fully equipped in order to respond to possible outages. We are prepared for the storm that will pass through the area later today. Snow is generally not a problem for power delivery, however, severe cold, ice and wind can become a problem for us.

City Light reminds customers to be safe and what to do if they do experience a power outage::

  • Do not get within 10 of any downed wire. Wires should always be assumed to be live and dangerous. If someone seeks a downed wire, they should call 684-706-0051;
  • Do not use a barbecue grill or generator inside the house or in a garage that is attached to the house. Do not use a grill or generator near a home air intake vent or near windows;
  • Do not use fossil fuel burning auxiliary heating sources;
  • Have an emergency power outage kit available and well-stocked. Make sure all batteries are fresh. To find out what to put into a kit, go to www.takewinterbystorm.org
  • Know how to manually override electric garage doors, security doors and gates;
  • Have a land line phone or fully charged cell phone available - cordless phones wont work when the power is out;
  • Unplug electrical appliances if the power goes out so that when the power comes back on, there wont be a surge that could damage sensitive electronic equipment;
  • Use battery-powered flashlights - not candles or oil lamps;
  • Close doors, windows, curtains, and unused fireplace dampers to retain heat if there is an outage;

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