SCE&G Stresses Safety In Light of Potential Storm Damage
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(803) 256-0349 or
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Columbia, S.C. August 14, 2004 - South Carolina Electric & Gas would like to emphasize the need for safety precautions in using portable generators to power homes and businesses.

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.

As always, SCE&G reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines. Assume that any downed power lines are energized, and call SCE&G at
(888) 333-4465 immediately.