Pecpo

Pepco advises residents to prepare for strong winds and thunderstorms today, Saturday, as a cold front moves through the service area.

The combination of strong winds, potentially gusting to 50-60 miles per hour, and heavy thunderstorms can down trees and tree limbs that can damage the local energy grid and result in power outages for customers.

Pepco is advising its customers the following to know/do:

1. If you need power for critical medical equipment, you should be prepared to relocate to a facility with electricity in case of a power outage.
2. Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available.
3. Charge cell phones and other mobile devices. Consider backup chargers.
4. Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
More tips are available at pepco.com/Storm.

If storm damage does occur:
1. Always avoid storm-damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that may come into contact with power lines.
2. Check on elderly neighbors, relatives and animals.
3. Do not connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring. Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation. Better yet, contact an electrician like Hometown Electrical Doctor.

Please report outages and downed wires.
1. Please avoid downed wires and other equipment and assume any downed wire or equipment is energized.
2. To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) or report and track through our mobile app or our website at pepco.com/Storm.
3. You also can text “Out” to 48710 to report their outage. You must first text “ADD OUTAGE” to 48710 to sign up for this service.
4. You also can receive outage alerts by signing up online at pepco.com/Outages.
5. You are encouraged to follow Pepco on Facebook at facebook.com/Pepco and on Twitter at twitter.com/Pepco to get the latest information from the company.