For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseMay 24, 2005
People who work with electricity are acutely aware of the need for safety at all times, but the general public may not have that same level of awareness. That is the impetus behind May being Electrical Safety Month.
Pepco reminds customers to be aware of the hazards associated with electricity and urges them to use the greatest care and safety when working with or near electricity.
"Contact with electricity can cause serious injury or death and, in most cases, such incidents are preventable," said Bob Brielmaier, Safety Manager for Pepco.
When trimming trees or working on your home, we all need to know where the electric wires and equipment are and how we can work safely around them. Don't take unnecessary risks. If necessary, call a licensed contractor or electrician. If you are planning to dig, notify your local one-call center in advance to make sure the underground utilities are located and marked in advance so you can dig safely.
The number for Miss Utility in Maryland and the District of Columbia is 1-800-265-7177. Anyone working near overhead high-voltage power lines is required by law to call the owner of the lines before starting work. For Pepco, call 202-833-7500.
Here are some other important electrical safety tips to follow:
Electrical safety is important throughout the year. "May is National Electrical Safety Month, but the focus on electrical safety should continue year-round," says Michael G. Clendenin, Executive Director of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the organization behind the program.
ESFI, founded in 1994, is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace. In addition to sponsoring Electrical Safety Month every May, ESFI engages in public education campaigns.
To find out how to obtain an Electrical Safety Campaign Kit, go to www.nesf.org. The kit also provides information on the top electrical safety hazards, including facts, figures and tips to help reduce risk.
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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers electricity to more than 725,000 customers in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Maryland.
Point of Contact:Debbi Jarvis