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PSO Stresses Safety, Caution During Storm Restoration

December 17, 2007

PSO is cautioning the public to be very careful and work safely when working in the neighborhoods to remove debris and to recover from the recent ice storm.
 
From now and into the coming days, there are hazards the public needs to watch out for to remain safe:
 
1)     downed power lines
2)     dogs in yards
3)     utility crews and trucks in neighborhoods
 
PSO says to stay away from downed power lines.  When you see a downed power line, presume that it is live and hot.
 
Second, dogs in yards where crews are working can also be a safety hazard, for utility crews.  PSO asks its customers to put dogs up when crews are in the neighborhood so they do not interfere with utility workers and contractors. 
 
As the power restoration process continues, PSO will be concentrating utility trucks and vehicles into smaller and smaller neighborhoods.  This will create more congestion on the street and in affected neighborhoods.
 
PSO understands that customers want information about when their power will be restored.  However, the company asks individuals to stay away from utility work zones.
 
Please do not ask questions of crews at work in the neighborhoods.  This slows their progress.  Instead, customers are asked to call PSO at 1-888-216-3523 with their questions.
 
The company divided Tulsa into 4 quadrants.  Quadrant bosses and circuit generals were assigned to oversee the work of both linemen and tree trimmers for each of those quadrants.
 
A similar number of crews were assigned to each quadrant.
 
PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving approximately 520,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma.  Based in Tulsa, PSO has more than 4,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and is the largest provider of wind energy in the state.  News releases and other information about PSO can be found on the World Wide Web at PSOklahoma.com.

Andrea Chancellor
Manager, Corporate Communications
918-599-2700

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