Southern California Edison (SCE) meter readers will have a new look soon as the utility begins the job of replacing worn-out shirts with new uniforms that enhance comfort and function.
The new shirts will be tan and have SCEs green, white and yellow sunburst logo on the front and back for quick customer identification.
Meter readers will continue to carry company identification while in the field.
The new uniforms, which will be the same color worn by field service representatives and transmission and distribution employees, will be phased in over the next year.
Because of the nature of the work -- being out in the sun all day, walking near bushes and fences -- meter reading can be pretty hard on uniforms, said SCEs Sally Williams, director of field operations.
Over time, shirts fade, tear and need to be replaced. The new shirt was largely designed with input from our meter readers and is more practical and easier to care for.
Because of their uniforms, SCE meter-readers are readily identifiable. Most visits by utility workers are reguarly scheduled or requested by the customer.
Vendors engaged by SCE, or the Gas Co., also can visit to perform energy efficiency improvements. However, customers first must respond to a request from the vendor, so they should not be surprised by a visit.
The following tips are offered to help customers avoid becoming a utility impostor victim:
Be suspicious if someone shows up without an appointment asking to check an appliance, writing, or suggesting another electrical problem may be inside the home.
Do not let anyone into your home unless you verify who they are and see individuals identification and purpose of the visit. SCE employees will gladly show their identification.
A utility employee will not ask for money, or a credit card, or ask to use your phone.
If you live alone and someone unfamiliar approaches you, imply there is another person with you in your home, or indicate that someone will be returning momentarily.
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