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Power outage safety from Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydroelectric


April 17, 2007


Central Maine Power Company and Bangor Hydro-Electric crews are working hard to restore electrical service.

CMP offers customers some simple steps to stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.

  • Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
  • When you use an emergency heating source — like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater — keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly.
  • Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.

For customers with generators:

  • Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator's owner manual.
  • Don't run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
  • Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
  • Don’t store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.
For more information, visit each company's Safety pages:

Bangor Hydro adds that customers are again reminded of the importance of warnings from emergency agencies. They are also encouraged to stay clear of downed lines, and trees and water having contact with those lines. Additional information regarding outages is available at

CMP Outage reporting line: 1-800-696-1000 BHE Outage reporting line: 1-800-440-1111



Last update: 07/20/10