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Delmarva Power Reminds Customers to Put Safety First During Autumn Cleanup Activities

NEWARK , Del. - 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. Certain critical clearances are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working below or adjacent to power lines.

The cooler autumn weather also prompts the use of fireplaces, furnaces, space heaters and other heating devices. It is important to make sure proper maintenance is performed prior to using any heat source especially natural gas units. Chimneys that vent fireplaces and furnaces should be properly cleaned to reduce the risk of fire and carbon monoxide buildup. Space heaters are a convenient way to put heat where it's needed but improper placement and use can lead to property damage and injury. Always follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.

Mercaptan gives natural gas its peculiar odor making it easier to detect leaks. If a natural gas leak is suspected do not hesitate to report it to Delmarva Power by calling our natural gas emergency hotline, 302-454-0317.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 123,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware

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