Sunday, Aug. 29, 9:30 a.m. - SCE&G crews are preparing to respond to potential damage from Tropical Storm Gaston. Radar and satellite observations indicate that Gaston is very close to hurricane strength.
SCE&G would like to emphasize the need for storm-related safety precautions. If you see downed power lines stay away from them and call SCE&G. Assume that any downed power lines are energized. Do not touch tree limbs or other objects touching a power line, and do not try to remove a tree limb or any object that is touching a power line.
Most electrical outages are temporary and do not require any type of auxiliary power, but in the event of any widespread outages, some homeowners may choose to use portable electric generators. SCE&G would like to remind customers to use extreme caution when operating portable generators.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly.
- Do not connect a portable generator to your existing house wiring. By doing so you could expose yourself, your neighbors and SCE&G linemen to the possibility of sever shock or electrocution.
- Connect your generator directly to appliances. Use only approved and properly sized power cords. Check your owner's manual for instructions.
- Operate generators outside, away from flammable objects. Keep children and pets away from generators.
- Never add fuel while the generator is running. Turn it off and let it cool first.
- Portable generators should be properly grounded before being used. See your owner's manual for instructions.
Customers who remain in their homes during the storm should unplug electronic equipment and appliances when the storm is imminent or they may want to turn off their power for maximum protection of their home's electrical system.