Friday Update: Craighead Electric has a lot of workers out

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Latest update from Craighead Electric.

Approximately 900 line workers are attacking the remaining outages in Craighead Electric's service territory and are making great strides to restore service to the more than 4000 members that remain without electricity. (A crew deployment sheet is attached)

The cooperative asks for the public's cooperation in helping crews work safely and efficiently. Please, drive carefully when passing crews on the roadside. Members should direct any inquires or outage reports to the cooperative through its outage reporting hotline at 1-888-771-7772, rather than interrupting crews who are working on repairs.

Craighead Electric continues to urge customers to use caution both within and outside their homes. Candles, lanterns, and temporary heating devices can pose a fire hazard. Home generators should be properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and they should be connected to home wiring through appropriate protective devices to prevent power from feeding back onto the utility's wires. If you are running a generator, and the electric meter has been removed.  The generator must be disconnected from the home's electric system, before the power can be restored.

Consumers are advised to avoid downed power lines and trees touching power lines.  Stay away as the lines may be energized.

Craighead Electric Cooperative serves approximately 28,000 members in eight counties in Northeast Arkansas.  Incorporated in 1937, the cooperative operates office in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge and Paragould. The locally owned and managed organization has 108 employees.