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May is Electrical Safety Month

Monday, May 07, 2007

Delmarva Power’s Speakers Bureau Program includes electrical safety demonstration

NEWARK, Del. – In recognition of May as National Electrical Safety Month, Delmarva Power wants to remind the public that electrical safety should be practiced every day of the year.

Electric shocks kill nearly 400 people and injure thousands more around the nation each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Delmarva Power encourages school administrators, community groups and others to contact the company’s Speakers Bureau to schedule an electrical safety demonstration. The Speakers Bureau contact information is: 1-800-355-0368 or speakersbureau@delmarva.com.

“We need to educate more people, children in particular, of the potential hazards involved when using electricity,” said Bill Paolello, Senior Safety Coordinator for Delmarva Power. “The company’s Speakers Bureau program is the best venue for doing just that.”

“With the onset of spring, many people will be working outdoors, trimming trees and such,” Paolello said. “It is imperative for them to know where the electric wires and equipment are and how to work safely around them,” he added.

Paolello recommended that people avoid unnecessary risks when working around electricity by calling a licensed contractor or electrician.

He said if people are planning to dig safely on their property, they must first call 8-1-1 (the new number for Miss Utility of Delmarva) to make sure the underground utilities are located and marked in advance.

Here are some additional electrical safety tips from Delmarva Power:

  • If you see a downed wire, stay away and call Delmarva Power’s emergency outage number at: 1-800-898-8042 (New Castle County, Delaware; Cecil and Harford counties, MD).
  • Remind children to stay away from electric facilities such as substations, transmission towers and transformers.
  • When carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, tree saws and pool cleaning equipment, hold them parallel to the ground. Look up before you raise them into the air to be sure they're clear of any power lines.
  • Remember that electricity can move through conductive materials, such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastics.
  • Stay away from overhead lines. Be very watchful if you are trimming trees or working near the electrical connection to your property.

For more information on using electricity safely, visit www.delmarva.com.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and over 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.