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City's priorities, tips

February 14, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

The city will follow a priority system to restore services when storms cause power outages, according to the Hagerstown Department of Utilities.

The priority system is as follows:

· Eliminate safety hazards, such as downed power lines.

· Restore power to substations and main feeder lines.

· Restore power to hospitals, emergency services, communication facilities and water/wastewater facilities.

· Restore service to the largest block of customers.

· Restore service to individual customers.

The city recommends that residents do the following things to stay safe:

· Stay clear of all downed wires.

· Do not enter standing or moving water that is touching a wire.

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· Avoid downed trees that are touching wires.

· Realize that typical household voltage of 120 volts is as dangerous as the high voltages utilized by the city's distribution system.

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