Columbia, SC, Aug. 30, 2006 – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company will close its business office at 141 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston Thursday as a precaution against possible flooding tied to Tropical Storm Ernesto. Customers who have questions related to the closing can call SCE&G customer service at
The impact Ernesto might have on South Carolina remains uncertain, but SCE&G continues to prepare for the possibility that the storm could have a significant impact on its service territory, and recommends that its customers do the same. The company offers the following recommendations and safety tips that customers should follow in the wake of any major storm:
- Stay well away from all downed power lines, as well as any water puddles near downed or damaged lines.
- Fallen trees may cause a number of problems. Watch out for power lines that might be entangled in downed trees. These lines present a physical as well as an electrical hazard. Tree roots can also present a less obvious hazard as they grow around buried gas and underground electrical lines and possibly damage such a line if the tree falls. Exercise caution in attempting to remove any trees.
- Do not attempt to tie generators into the house circuit. This can be dangerous to you, your neighbors and to our linemen. Plug appliances directly into the generator.
- Before turning on your lights, be sure the main breaker switch is off as well as individual switches. Then flip main switch on and try each individual circuit breaker, starting with those which power rooms without major appliances. If any do not hold, leave them off. Call an electrician.
- If the weatherhead or meter base is damaged, it must be repaired by a licensed electrician.
- When cleaning up, don’t pile debris near utility poles, as this may impede the restoration progress.
- An additive to natural gas makes it smell like rotten eggs. If you smell gas in your home, leave and call SCE&G immediately at 1-800-815-0083.
- If you see anything irregular with your gas or electric meter, notify SCE&G immediately. If your meter is damaged, it must be repaired ore replaced by SCE&G.
- A qualified contractor should inspect appliances that have been subjected to flooding or water damage. This also applies to heating and air units that are located outside.
For additional information about storm safety, visit SCE&G’s Web site at www.sceg.com/storm.