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UPPCO sharing safety tips amid outbreak

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company officials are suggesting tips to help keep the public and its workers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“(UPPCO’s) top priority is the health and safety of its customers, employees and the community we serve,” a Friday press release states.

The company, which supplies energy to 55,000 customers that live and work in the Upper Peninsula, is asking residents to practice social distancing.

“COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges requiring utilities to implement their contingency plans to protect the workers that keep the lights on …. Do not approach utility workers if you see them outside,” the release states. “If a utility worker comes to your home or business on a service call, please maintain a minimum of six feet of distance from them at all times.”

According to the release, new utility service hookups and construction of new service lines may be delayed as work is prioritized to protect employees and the public.

“Utility workers are considered essential services and their health is critical to maintaining reliable energy service,” said Brett French, vice president of business development and communications. “We are continuing to provide critical infrastructure support under Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order and we’re asking for everyone’s help to ensure our workers remain healthy and fit for duty.”

A power outage or emergency, such as a downed wire, should be reported to UPPCO at 906-449-2011, the release states.

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