For Immediate Release
autumn yard cleanup and tree trimming chores in full swing, Pepco urges
customers to remember that electricity is a powerful and potentially deadly
force and to take appropriate safety measures.
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.
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.
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.
is our top priority and we encourage our customers to be aware of overhead
lines while working outdoors this fall and year-round," said Donna Cooper,
Pepco region president. "If you are working with or around electricity, please
be alert and be safe."
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