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Avista Puts Safety First While Restoring Power to Customers
Students should be reminded of the dangers of downed power lines

Spokane, Wash.: SPOKANE, Wash. – Jan. 28, 2008, 11:00 a.m.: Avista crews continue working to restore power to the 1,151 total customers who are without service at this time. It is important that customers remain alert to the possibility of downed power lines and to report any sightings to Avista at (800) 227-9187. Also, students who are out of school today should be reminded of the dangers of downed power lines and to stay away from any they might see and to immediately tell an adult.

Areas experiencing outages at this time include:
Spokane area – 363
Coeur d’Alene area – 594
Palouse – 73
Sandpoint – 63
Scattered outages - 58

In addition to crews working to restore power today, Avista meter readers are also doing their best to read customer meters. Customers are asked to make sure any gates can be opened, there is a clear pathway to the meter and meters are visible. Meters that at this time are impossible to access will be estimated this month, then accurately read the next billing cycle.

With additional snow storms projected for this week, customers should be prepared by:
. making sure they have handy a flashlight and fresh batteries, battery-powered radio, battery or wind-up alarm clock and manual can opener.
? having supplies that can help keep you warm, such as:
Extra blankets
Hats, gloves or mittens
Reserves of back-up energy sources, such as propane, firewood for wood stoves, wood pellets, etc.
? having a back-up plan. If your home or neighborhood experiences an extended outage, consider staying with family or friends who have power.
? assisting family members or neighbors who may be vulnerable if exposed to cold temperatures for extended periods.

Customers with portable generators are reminded that improperly installed generators can backfeed into electrical lines and endanger the lives of emergency workers and your neighbors. The only safe method of using a portable generator is to plug electrical appliances into the generator. The generator’s exhaust can be deadly, so it is essential that the unit’s exhaust be properly ventilated.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to 348,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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