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National Grid returns to Altamont Fair

ALTAMONT – National Grid returns to the Altamont County Fair with a new look, important electric safety information, and an exhibit highlighting the region’s and National Grid’s contribution to the development of electric power in the Capital District.

            The Altamont County Fair is among the first venues for the company’s “Here with You. Here for You.” approach to customers.  The company’s exhibit focuses heavily on safety issues for consumers, featuring demonstrations by trained line workers on a model of a live electric pole similar to those installed in most residential neighborhoods. The demonstrations will show how the electrical system brings energy to homes and businesses, and will provide safety tips for anyone working near live lines.  Crews will be providing multiple demonstrations each day at the fair.

            The company’s exhibit includes information related to its long history in the Capital District, and the many advances in the business over the decades. National Grid staff will be on hand to guide fair-goers through the exhibit and answer any questions they may have about the company or their electric or gas service.

            “The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, and this is the perfect time of year to reinforce safety messages” said Bill Flaherty, regional executive for National Grid in the Capital region. “At the same time, we wanted to recognize our 150 year history of service to this area and our ongoing commitment to our customers and the community.”

            The National Grid exhibit will be open during the entire run of the Fair August 14-19.

            National Grid will be connecting with customers and communities at events throughout its U.S. service area over the coming weeks and months, highlighting its long history of service in most areas along with important consumer and safety information.


Stay Safe Near Power Lines

Steps to be prepared and stay safe this summer include:

Maintain a minimum clearance of 10 feet around power lines common to local streets and neighborhoods.  Transmission or high-voltage lines require an even greater clearance.

Remember that overhead wires usually are bare or only weather-protected and can carry extremely high voltages. It’s safest to assume that all overhead wires are live electric wires.

Avoid touching power lines with any part of your body or with a ladder.  Metal parts and moisture conduct electricity, so don’t use an aluminum ladder or a damp wooden ladder within 10 feet of power lines. Before erecting a ladder, ensure it will not come into contact with any power lines.  Always carry ladders horizontally to keep them from tangling with power lines.

Kites, model airplanes and other toys should be flown only in open spaces, far from any trees and power lines. If a toy gets tangled in a power line, the safest thing to do is leave it there and call National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 in Upstate New York.


Call Before You Dig

National Grid supports Dig Safely New York and its public education programs targeting consumers and construction and landscape contractors who dig near gas and electric lines. Dig Safely New York operates the “8-1-1” call number for anyone planning a digging project and works with the proper organizations to have lines marked before digging.

Anyone planning a project or work that requires digging or excavation should contact Dig Safely New York office at least two full days prior to any construction or excavation work. In Upstate New York, contact Dig Safely New York at either 811 or 1-800-962-7962. For more information, please visit http://www.digsafelynewyork.com/.



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