We want our customers and partners
to stay safe. Please remember to call the local office to coordinate any
projects involving poles and wires.
201 West Gude Drive Rockville, MD 20850 Phone: 301-670-8700 Fax: 301-670-8718
8300 Old Marlboro Pike Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-967-5800 Fax: 301-967-5820
3400 Benning Rd. NE Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-331-6237 Fax: 202-388-2721
We want our customers and partners to stay safe, and we ask that
you be careful around electrical wires because they can cause serious injuries
or even death. Please do not assume that wires and cables are insulated and harmless.
The Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulates how closely work crews who are unqualified to work on electric lines can be to electrical wires. Many states, including DC and MD, have High Voltage Acts that
define clearances between energized electrical wires and personnel or work
Let us know when any work activity is near overhead lines or when
an excavation is involved. Many situations are unique and must be handled
individually. Please contact us at the numbers above to ensure you have covered
any related costs and the development of your project goes smoothly.
Contact Miss Utility by phone (dial 811) to locate underground facilities. We want to help you abide by the law and avoid incurring a fine for not having underground structures marked, which can lead to damaging them when excavating. Visit Miss Utility's website for more information.
Downed wires are particularly dangerous because our customers often
assume they are not live. Call the emergency service number, 1-877-PEPCO-62 to
report downed lines, including burning wires. Call 911 only if there is an
associated emergency such as a fire, or automobile accident.
For us to deliver reliable
electric service, trees should be planted a safe distance from our power lines
because many power outages are caused when tree branches fall onto power lines.
Our tree management program includes pruning, storm hardening, and
other maintenance issues. The work our licensed, professional foresters and
contract tree pruning experts do is for public safety and the safety and health
of the trees.
Please do not attach anything to our poles without our prior
approval. The attachment of items such as antennas or signs to our poles, wires
or facilities is not allowed. We can remove any attachment without notice.
Antennas on high support structures may be damaged due high winds and
lightning. Accidents can be prevented if experienced installers use correct
materials, and follow installation recommendations from manufacturers, building
codes and National Electric Safety Codes.
Pools and related structures should not be built near any electrical
wires or cables. Please contact us at your local Pepco engineering office,
using the numbers above, during the planning stages so we can evaluate the
location of electrical wires or cables at these structures.
Before you order circuit breakers and other service equipment, it
is important to know the available fault current at a site. Our local engineering
office can supply fault currents upon request. To keep your property safe, please
do not use sizing fuses or circuit breakers larger than National Electrical
In the District of Columbia and Maryland, electricians cannot erect any structure like an underground cable riser or ladder higher than 10 feet high on our poles. No work on our poles at an elevation above 10 feet is permitted. We will perform all work above that 10-foot elevation. Please contact our local Pepco engineering offices using the numbers above to coordinate this work.