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May 17, 2017
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National Electric Safety Month Recognized in May

Electricity is an integral part of modern life, but it is important to know how to use it safely. That is why May is designated as National Electric Safety Month, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation reminds its customers to be cautious about the rare-but-potential dangers of electricity.

"Electricity powers many of the devices we depend upon," said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. "While electricity is safely used every day by nearly everyone, inattentiveness and mistakes can cause property damage, injury or even death. That is why it’s so important to take proper precautions, and to teach electric safety to our children and families."

Important electrical safety steps include:

  • Never mixing electricity and water, and keeping devices such as hair dryers and radios away from filled tubs, sinks, swimming pools and other sources of water;
  • Not overloading electrical outlets with too many plugs, which can cause fires and electrical shock;
  • Never running extension cords or wiring under carpets and rugs, and using properly rated extension cords for the devices being used;
  • Installing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets located near sources of water such as in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry areas and outdoors, and using tamper-proof outlets to keep young children safe;
  • Having licensed professionals perform electrical work on homes and businesses, and having older wiring inspected for worn insulation or overloading;
  • Knowing where wiring is located behind walls before installing wall hangers or performing remodeling, and shutting off circuit breakers before beginning work;
  • Calling 811 before digging or excavating to identify the location of underground utilities, including electrical lines, to avoid potential injury and interruption of electric service; and
  • Keeping at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and assuming all lines are live.


For more on National Electric Safety Month, visit the Electric Safety Foundation International website at, or the Safety section of Central Hudson’s website at


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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 380,000 customers in portions of eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley; it delivers natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany. Its 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 its owner; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Visit for more information.