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Delmarva Power Urges Customers to Think Safety First to Avoid Overhead Power Lines

Friday, August 31, 2007

Wilmington, DE – Delmarva Power reminds customers that electricity is a powerful and potentially deadly force. With yard cleanup and tree trimming 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.

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. Check for power lines in or near trees before using a ladder (even a wooden ladder) or scaffolding before trimming branches. Certain critical clearances are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working below or adjacent to power lines. Call Delmarva Power at 800-375-7117 for trimming of branches that interfere with power lines. Delmarva Power is committed to delivering safe and reliable power.

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Refer to Delmarva Power's website (www.delmarva.com) for information on electrical safety, energy saving tips, bill payment options and power outage updates.

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 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.