WHAT TO DO ABOUT DOWN WIRES AND TREE LIMBS

The Fanwood Police Department is advising all individuals to use extreme caution while driving or when going outside due to possible downed wires, tree limbs and/or falling ice/snow. During weather related situations, please utilize these safety tips and contact numbers to report specific issues:

• Accumulation of ice may weigh down power lines and as a result cause power lines to come down. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. Parents are urged to check for downed wires in areas where their children might play and to remind the children to stay far away from any wires. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay in the vehicle until help arrives. To report a downed wire, call 1-800-436-PSEG and advise them of the nearest cross street.

• Individuals who rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining electronic equipment, such as a respirator or dialysis machine, should pre-register with PSE&G to receive priority attention in the event of an outage. To request the service, call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG. You should also inform their rescue squads and fire departments of your needs, in case of emergency. Even though customers with life-sustaining equipment who have registered with PSE&G will receive priority attention during outages, they should also have emergency back-up equipment on hand, since immediate restoration cannot be guaranteed.

• If you lose power, first check your neighborhood. If you are the only one without power, check your fuse box for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. If that’s not the problem, look outside at the wire between your house and the utility pole. If it is down, report it immediately to PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. .

• Mother Nature can be unpredictable. It’s wise to have an emergency kit on hand year round. Here are some things to include:
Battery powered radio.
A corded telephone (cordless phones will not work if the power is out) Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
First-aid kit.
Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
Non-electric can opener.
Matches and candles with holders.
Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
List of emergency phone numbers, PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG, JCP&L Customer Services line: 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) Fanwood Police Department: 908-322-5000

• Never use gas stoves or outdoor heaters to keep your house warm - these devices can cause the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in your home.

• Unplug appliances and electronics until power is restored—this will help protect your electronics and other sensitive equipment, and ease the initial load on the electrical system when the power is restored. Leave one light on so that you know when the power is back.

• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed - food will keep for hours if you limit the number of times the doors are opened.

• Stay tuned for updates and information from your local and state emergency management agencies.

• Be a “good neighbor” – make periodic checks on elderly neighbors via phone or visits, be patient with each other while clearing snow/ice from your walkways and/or driveways and drive slowly through neighborhoods and downtown while being aware of pedestrians and individuals you may not see at first due to visibility issues. Work together !

Depending on the severity of the damage, response times for both electric and gas emergencies may be longer. Dangerous icing conditions may make it difficult for utility crews to safely travel to restore service. Utility Companies ask that customers please be patient.

Please contact Fanwood Police Department at 908-322-5000 to report any hazardous issues not mentioned above.