Delmarva Power Urges Motorists to Drive Safely in Wake of Storm
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Be Mindful of Utility Crews; Minimize Chance of Pole Accident
NEWARK, Del. – Delmarva Power crews continue to work to restore power to customers who have lost service during this weekend’s winter storm. While we work to restore power, we urge motorists who must drive to be extra cautious to ensure safety for themselves and those utility crews who are working near area roadways. Safe driving also minimizes the chances of motorists hitting utility poles, which can happen along icy roads after winter storms. To report power outages in New Castle, Cecil and Harford counties, call 1-800-898-8042. In Kent and Sussex counties, call 800-898-8045.
Delmarva Power also reminds customers to follow some important safety tips, such as:
- Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility line. Assume all objects touching a power line are energized.
- If using a portable generator during a power outage, always operate it outside, away from doors and windows to avoid deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
- Locate and carefully clear natural gas metering equipment and pipes of snow and ice near homes and businesses. Clear snow from vents of natural-gas-fired appliances. To report a natural gas emergency in New Castle County, call 302-454-0317.
Additional safety information may be found at www.delmarva.com.
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 and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.