About 6,000 customers still without power in New Hampshire, state officials say

Utility crews were working to restore power to thousands of households in New Hampshire on Christmas Day, state officials said Sunday.

As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, about 6,000 customers in New Hampshire remained without power as crews worked to restore service.

“We would like to thank our local, state and federal partners for their hard work and cooperation in helping to keep Granite Staters safe on Christmas weekend,” said Robert Buxton, Director of the New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in a statement. “If you are still without power, continue to practice power outage safety. Never run a generator indoors.”

Residents can report power outages to their utility provider every 24 hours until it is restored, by calling the following numbers:

Eversource: 1-800-662-7764

Liberty Utilities: 1-855-349-9455

NH Electric Co-Op: 1-800-343-6432

Unitil: 1-888-301-7700

Buxton also recommended residents stay safe by the taking the following precautions:

· Drivers should be alert for crews clearing debris and use caution.

· Use flashlights, rather than candles, for emergency lighting.

· Do not use a gas range or oven as an alternate source of heat.

· Only use a generator that has been wired to the building electrical service by a professional electrician.

· Never run a generator inside a building or in an enclosed space and keep them 10 feet away from buildings with the exhaust pointed away.

· Never drive around barriers or remove them from closed roadways.

Learn more about power outage safety at ReadyNH.gov.

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