Electric companies preparing for possible power outages

Companies like WMECo and National Grid monitor their power lines year round

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’re a WMECo customer, you probably received a message from them already, warning you about this storm.

With a big snowstorm like this, one of the biggest concerns is all the snow weighing down the tree branches and power lines. If the tree branches give into the weight of the snow, they could bring down the power lines with them, and that causes widespread power outages.

Companies like WMECo and National Grid monitor their power lines year round, and trim the tree branches as necessary, but during a powerful storm like this, they are telling their customers it’s always better to be prepared.

If you rely on electricity for life support devices, well water or refrigeration of your medicine, make sure you have a backup source of power or have an alternate location that you can go to ready.

If you see downed wires, treat them as live wires and stay at least 10 feet away. Call 911 or your electricity provider right away.

If you have to use a generator, always use them outdoors to prevent build up of deadly carbon monoxide fumes.

Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest weather updates, and send us your weather photos to our Report-it feature.

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