For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

In anticipation of severe weather the PUCO reminds Ohioans to exercise caution during power outages

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 12, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is reminding Ohioans to exercise caution during power outages. Downed electric lines, equipment and vegetation can potentially be hazardous and should be avoided.

Do not attempt to touch or move downed electrical lines and equipment. Downed lines pose a serious hazard to anyone who comes in contact with them and can be deadly. Immediately report downed lines to emergency responders and your local utility. Do not attempt to move fallen debris in the vicinity of a downed power line and keep at a safe distance at all times.

Additional safety tips during a power outage include:

For additional safety tips during electrical power outages, visit the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s website at www.ema.ohio.gov.

To review the PUCO’s guide to being prepared for power outages, please visit the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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