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GVEC provides winter tips
Due to this past weekend’s bitter cold temperatures throughout south central Texas, the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative is encouraging everyone to stay safe. Winter storms and cold fronts sometimes bring the potential of freezing rain and accumulated ice that can snap tree branches and cause electric lines to sag or gallop (slap together) and can potentially cause outages. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during a winter power outage:
•Report any outages as quickly as possible at 1-800-223-4832. Do not assume others have called. If you receive an automated message, follow the prompts to complete your report. We will get the information.
•Practice generator safety if using one. Never plug a generator into a wall outlet as it can “backfeed” electricity and cause harm to GVEC linemen working to restore your electricity.
•Stay away from any downed power line. Always assume it is energized, even if it is not sparking or buzzing.
If a vehicle is touching a power line, the occupants should stay inside the car and call 911 from their cell phone.
If a power line is on the ground, do not go near it. Shuffle your feet to move away from a downed power line, making sure not to allow your feet to break contact with the ground.
GVEC reminds you to stay informed during winter storms. Members can view current outages 24/7 from www.gvec.org by computer or mobile phone. For updates on large scale outages and tips, plug into GVEC on Facebook or GVEC_Tweets on Twitter. Call GVEC any time with questions at 1-800-223-4832.
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