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SCE&G preparing for demand on power during potential ice storm

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - There's no way to know what power problems this winter storm may bring but SCE&G says they are preparing to bring in extra staff in case Tuesday's storm hits hard.

Earlier this month a demand on power forced the company to implement controlled rolling blackouts, at that time they said it was necessary to control the outages in order to keep from a blackout disaster and promised to fix the equipment failure within that day. At that time they said the infrastructure could ordinarily handle the demand but blamed faulty equipment at one or more facility for the county-wide problems.

This week it appears they will be put to the test again. News 2 asked if there will be more rolling blackouts if the demand for power increases again with this storm.

"We don't see any issues with being able to handle capacity, we're mostly concerned about the ice on the limbs and falling on the power lines," Kim Asbill said.

If there's ice, the weight of that on trees makes branches more likely to fall and hit a power line. The number one thing SCE&G wants to stress is to stay away from downed lines and report them as soon as possible.

To report a power outage, you can call 1-888-333-4465. You can also report and check the status of your power outage online from your Internet-ready mobile device or phone by visiting www.sceg.com/mobile and clicking on storm center.

"Don't assume someone has made the phone call, go ahead and call, if your power goes out let us know because we need to know to be able to report it." Asbill said. "Stay away from downed power lines and then be prepared if there is a power outage, have blankets and battery powered radios and things you can entertain the kids with."

The company reminds clients that household items such as cooking stoves or ovens and outdoor grills should never be used for heat. If you use a fireplace for heat, be sure to extinguish any flames before going to bed. Supplemental heaters and generators designed for home use should be used with extreme caution, paying close attention to the manufacturer's instructions.

Now is also a good time to register for SCE&G's texting option since that needs to be done ahead of time. Head to www.sceg.com, login to your account and look for the "Activate Text Options "under the "Account Options" feature and then follow the instructions. If you are experiencing an outage, simply text the word "OUT" to 467234 (gosceg).

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