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CL&P Issues Warning Regarding Halloween Trick Or Treating, Governor To Give Update At 6 P.M.

October 31, 2011 by John Rook

Gov. Dannel Malloy will address the media and update Connecticut at 6 p.m. tonight after meeting with representatives from the state's major utility companies in regards to the restoration of power to hundreds of thousands of citizens currently without electricity.
The press conference will be carried live by all local television networks, as well as AM radio stations in the state.
Also, as this is Halloween, it is expected that trick and treaters will take to the streets tonight. CL&P has issued the following statement in regards to necessary precautions parents need to take for tonight:

*Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) continues to identify and address downed wires as part of the restoration process following this weekend's historic storm. With today being Halloween, CL&P is strongly advising residents to accompany their children while trick or treating to help them avoid any potentially dangerous situations. Be on the watch for downed lines that may be unseen and obscured by fallen limbs or snow.
If you come across a downed line, consider it to be live and dangerous. Call 9-1-1 immediately and report it. Also, always stay at least 10 feet away from the downed wire.
In addition, the storm has led to an increasing number of customers using generators to power their homes and businesses. CL&P reminds you that if installed incorrectly to a home's wiring, a generator can cause power to "backfeed," or flow back into the power lines, creating a dangerous situation for the public and for our line crews who may be working nearby.
To avoid this situation, have a qualified electrician connect the generator with a transfer switch, so that it is not connected directly to your home wiring.
To avoid the accumulation of deadly carbon monoxide, only use a generator outdoors and never indoors, not in an attached garage, a basement, or a crawl space. Avoid using a generator in a partially-enclosed inhabited space, even if it is ventilated; opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up. If placing it outdoors, place the generator far from a home's doors, windows and vents. To report outages or check the status of an outage, visit cl-p.com or call
800-286-2000. Our automated phone and online systems can rapidly process your report and help us speed restoration efforts. For helpful tips and news updates, go to our website at cl-p.com, follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower and like us at Facebook.com/CTLightandPower. You can also get updates on outages in your town by texting “outage” and your zip code to 24612 (texting fees may apply).*

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