Delmarva Power Safety Campaign Urges Customers to Avoid Overhead Power Lines
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2005
Contact: Merrie Street, 302-283-5811 (office), 866-655-2237 (pager)
Delmarva Power reminds customers that electricity is a powerful and potentially deadly force. With yard cleanup chores in full swing, Delmarva Power urges customers to avoid power lines when carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree saws and pool cleaning equipment. Hold them parallel to the ground and remember to look up before raising them to be sure they're clear of any overhead wires.
Touching a power line with any part of your body or most objects can result in serious injury or death. Remember that electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastics. Certain critical clearances are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working below or adjacent to power lines.
Delmarva Power is committed to delivering safe and reliable power. That's why Delmarva Power is asking customers to be mindful of safety practices when working with or around electricity. The current issue of "Energy News," which comes with the November bill, offers additional safety tips to help avoid electrical mishaps. Additional information on being safe around electricity can be found online at www.delmarva.com.
For story ideas on safety around electricity, contact Delmarva media relations at 302-283-5811.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric and natural gas delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.