Public Service Electric & Gas, New Jersey’s largest utility, is helping ensure hospitals have the power they need during the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing proactive inspections and maintenance of equipment that brings life-sustaining power supply to critical healthcare facilities throughout the state.
Recently, more than 100 special inspections of circuits that serve hospitals were completed in PSE&G service territory. PSE&G also stands ready to supply power to field hospitals being planned to serve more New Jersey patients.
“Providing reliable power to hospitals and other critical-care facilities in this time of need is of absolute importance to us and we’re taking measures to safeguard their service,” said Jack Bridges, PSE&G’s vice president for electric operations. “We’re trying to do everything we can to support the doctors, nurses, EMTs and all local heroes who are risking their own lives to fight this pandemic. We also know that our customers are depending on us to keep their lights on and gas flowing during this difficult time.”
PSE&G remains deeply committed to the health, safety and well-being of our customers, employees and the communities it serves. All work is being done according to safety protocols, including social distancing and proper use of personal protective equipment.
During an inspection a crew member physically patrols areas, carefully reviewing power lines, poles, cross-arms and other equipment, looking for potential problems that could cause power outages, such as stuck tree limbs. The crew member ensures problems are resolved, preventing potential outages.