With frigid temperatures expected this weekend in Connecticut, Eversource is carefully monitoring its electric and gas systems, and is ready to respond to any problems that may arise. As the company schedules crews to work all shifts, employees are available to assist customers 24/7.
“Extreme cold can put a strain on the equipment that delivers electricity and natural gas to customers, so we’ll be keeping a particularly close eye on it this weekend,” said Peter Clarke, Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness at Eversource. “Over the past several years, we have been adding new, more reliable pipes to our gas distribution system and have made significant upgrades to the electric system so it can better withstand these extreme weather conditions.”
While there is a reliable flow of natural gas available for Eversource customers through the pipeline, the company said that it also has an abundant supply of liquefied natural gas as backup to meet any increased demand.
Here are some safety tips from Eversource during the frigid weather:
Wear wool or polyester blends that insulate and also allow sweat to evaporate.
Protect your feet, hands, head and face. These parts of the body are the hardest to keep warm. Almost half of your body heat can be lost through your head, so it’s important to cover it up.
Listen to your body. If you become fatigued while working outside in the cold, your body loses its ability to retain heat, causing rapid cooling leading to hypothermia or frostbite.
Take breaks and drink plenty of fluids so you don’t become dehydrated.
If a customer’s power goes out, they should report the outage by contacting Eversource at 1-800-286-2000, or on Eversource.com. To report natural gas issues, call 1-800-989-0900.