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Delmarva Power Reminds Customers of Home Heating Safety

NEWARK, Del. -  With home heating season underway and more cold weather in the forecast, Delmarva Power would like to remind customers to heat their homes safely.  Whether customers are using electric heat, natural gas, fireplaces, furnaces, space heaters or other heating devices, safe useage and proper function is critical. It is important to make sure proper maintenance is performed prior to using any heat source.

Natural gas systems, 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 warm a small area but improper space heater usage can lead to fires and possible injuries. If a generator is being utilized, always follow the manufacturer's operating instructions and never operate a generator indoors. The potential for carbon monoxide poisioning is always an elevated possibility if home heating equipment isn't properly tested, serviced and maintained. Please keep children and animals away from all heating units and devices.

If a natural gas leak is suspected, call the Delmarva Power natural gas emergency hotline, 302-454-0317. For more information about staying safe around electric and natural gas heat please visit www.delmarva.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

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