For Immediate Release
For Immediate Release September 21, 2003, 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Outage Update
Pepco Urges Residents to Stay Away from Downed Power Lines Assume all Downed Lines Are Energized
As Pepco workers continue to restore power, the Company strongly urges residents to stay clear of downed power lines and report them immediately to Pepco. The emergency number to call is 202-872-3432.
A downed power line always is considered dangerous whether it appears energized or not. Contact can cause serious injury or even death. No one should touch any line or attempt to remove any object that may be tangled in it, including an animal. Instead, call Pepco`s emergency number immediately.
A power line should be considered energized at all times, even lines which have been on the ground for a period of time. A deactivated line can become re-energized during the restoration process.
Residents should assume that all downed lines are energized power lines and may not be telephone or internet wires, which look the same to the untrained eye.
Pepco already has reports of more than 2,500 downed lines in its service area, creating an extremely dangerous situation. The Company is working to address this serious problem as a top priority.
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About Pepco: For more than 100 years, Pepco has served the people of the Washington metropolitan area with clean, reliable and low-cost electricity. Pepco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides electricity transmission and distribution services to more than 700,000 customers in the District of Columbia and major portions of Prince George`s and Montgomery County in Maryland.
Point of Contact: David Morehead