For Immediate Release
Md. - With autumn
yard cleanup and tree trimming chores in full swing, Delmarva Power urges
customers to remember that electricity is a powerful and potentially deadly
force and to take appropriate safety measures.
Avoid power lines when
carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding and tree saws. Hold
them parallel to the ground and be sure to look up before raising them to check
that 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. Electricity
can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum,
strings and plastics.
When trimming branches,
check for power lines in or near trees before using a ladder or scaffolding.
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," said John Allen, Delmarva
Power region vice president. "That's why we are asking customers to be mindful
of safety practices when working with or around electricity."
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