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 October 31, 2017

For Release: Immediately

Keep Children Away from Downed Powerlines This Halloween

Mid-Hudson Valley residents are reminded to use caution this Halloween in the aftermath of Sunday’s and Monday’s wind storm, which brought trees and limbs down onto powerlines throughout the region. “While most of the work to repair the damage brought by the storm is complete, there may still be areas where powerlines may be on the ground as final repairs take place,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “Residents are warned to stay at least 30 feet away from downed lines, and treat all fallen wires as live.

“Be especially cautious near fallen trees, as wires may be hidden and entangled in branches,” said Mosher. “Be safe this Halloween by keeping yourselves and children away from fallen trees and lines.” Residents are asked to report any downed lines to Central Hudson by calling (845) 452-2700, or by dialing 911.

Mosher also urged motorists to stay focused while driving tonight when children will be out trick-or-treating. “Our Distracted Driving awareness campaign serves as a reminder to watch for potential hazards, especially tonight when children will be out along streets and roadways,” said Mosher. “Please, put the phone and other distractions away so that you can see what may be ahead.”

For more safety tips, visit www.CentralHudson/com.

 

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 300,000 electric and approximately 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York to the Capital District at Albany. Central Hudson's mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for shareholders; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Central Hudson is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com.