Storm Update:  Power Restoration, Food Safety

November 1, 2011

Utility Companies

Wallingford Electric Division

Power outages and other emergencies (24 hours):   (203) 265-5055   

United Illuminating

To report a power outage, downed power lines or damaged electrical equipment, call UI at 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584). When prompted, press "1."

The process by which we restore customers’ power is outlined on our Restoration Priorities page.

Connecticut Light and Power

Please call CL&P @ 1-860-947-2000 say outage, check status, give your phone number and you will get an estimated time of power restoration.

Also ….  Click here for CL&P’s outage map.

GENERATOR SAFETY:

To customers who have emergency generators – use these devices properly in order to keep the linemen safe as they work to restore power.

  • Please do not connect your home generator directly to your home or business’s wiring.
  • The generator should be connected through an approved cut-off switch that will automatically disconnect the home or business from the power grid when the generator is being used.
  • This work must be done by a licensed electrician.

FOOD SAFETY:  Frozen Food & Power Outages: When to Save &When to Throw Out

http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/frozen_food.html 
Thawed or partially thawed food in the freezer may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below. Partial thawing and refreezing may affect the quality of some food, but the food will be safe to eat.

Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe. 
Note: Always discard any items in the freezer that have come into contact with raw meat juices.