FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers without power due to today’s severe windstorm should consider seeking alternative accommodations with family or friends if available.

Those in critical need should contact the Canadian Red Cross for assistance through the agency’s toll-free line at 1-800-863-6582.

Residents are asked to check on neighbours who may need assistance.

NB Power

NB Power has more than 70 crews mobilized across the province restoring power as quickly and safely as possible. Estimated times of restoration for most areas are now available on the company’s website.

The utility advises residents to stay at least 10 metres from downed power lines, and to call 911 if there is an immediate safety concern. Residents should not attempt to prune or remove trees on lines, as direct or indirect contact with power lines can be fatal.

Residents are asked to remain patient while crews work to repair damage and restore power as quickly as possible.

Carbon monoxide warning

With the widespread power outages, New Brunswickers are reminded of the threat that carbon monoxide can pose in their homes. People have died or been hospitalized in recent years because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Residents are advised to never run a generator in a home, garage, or near a window or air intake outside of a home. It is not safe to use a barbecue, camping stove or propane heater inside a house or garage. More information about the dangers of carbon monoxide is available online.

Medical concerns

People with medical concerns who are affected by power outages are encouraged to call Tele-Care 811.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization and its emergency management partners continue to monitor the situation across the province.

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

All New Brunswickers should continue to monitor conditions and local forecasts.