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BGE: 'Prepare for the Possibility of Extended Power Outages...'

Snow and ice could make it hard for utility crews to travel.

BGE advises customers to fill their gas tanks in case of outages.
BGE advises customers to fill their gas tanks in case of outages.
With Winter Storm Titan approaching Maryland, BGE is encouraging residents to stock up on supplies and keep a broom handy.

"Customers should prepare for the possibility of extended power outages," Carol Dodson of BGE said in a prepared statement Sunday afternoon, "in the event that freezing rain causes treacherous road conditions, which may delay crew travel and restoration times."

The Baltimore-Washington region is under a winter storm warning until Monday evening, meaning travel conditions may be hazardous. The storm is projected to drop more than 6 inches of snow in some parts of the state, and a layer of ice from freezing rain overnight may coat the ground.

BGE offered these tips for preparing:
  • Fill fuel tanks in case outages affect gas stations.
  • Keep outside gas meters and equipment clear of ice buildup and snow, including icicles that could drip and damage the equipment. Use a broom rather than a shovel to clear the meter, so that it does not get broken.
  • Put water in the bathtub before the storm if you rely on well water.
  • Contact BGE at 800-685-0123 if the meter becomes encased in ice.
  • Report outages and downed power lines to BGE at 1-877-778-2222, or report power outages online.

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