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Pepco Readies System to Provide Safe and Reliable Service Throughout Winter

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 3, 2016) - As temperatures begin to dip, Pepco has been hard at work to complete projects to help ensure the company's electric system is ready to meet the energy needs of our customers all winter long. 

Over the past three years, Pepco has spent, on average, more than $574 million a year on the company's electric system to provide safe and reliable service for customers. This work includes equipment inspections, repairs and replacements, and preventive maintenance on the company's transmission and distribution system. 

This year Pepco completed work on 90 substations and upgraded more than 49 miles of new underground lines to meet the growing needs of customers. The company also worked to replace more than 1000 wood cross arms with stronger fiberglass cross arms, which enhances safety and improves service. 

The company also has inspected more than 3,200 miles of aerial electric lines and more than 10,700 manholes to examine and make any needed repairs to underground electrical equipment. Pepco has completed 18 electrical enhancement projects to meet increased customer demand during the winter. This seasonal readiness work is a part of the $574 million average spent annually on the company's electric system over the past three years. 

"During the coldest months of the year, it is important that we continue to safely provide reliable electric service to the families and businesses in our service territory," said Donna Cooper, Pepco president. "We prepare year-round to make sure the system and our employees are ready to respond to the challenges the winter season can present."

As Pepco prepares for winter, customers are reminded to prepare too.

Follow these helpful tips:

  • Clean air vents around the house.
  • Install storm windows and doors.
  • Check weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors.
  • Install seals behind electrical outlets and switches along exterior walls.
  • If a portable generator is needed, follow the manufacturer's instructions and use only when necessary.
  • Don't overload a generator or operate it inside. 
  • Improper use of a generator can cause fires, increased power outages, carbon monoxide poisoning and even death.

Pepco also reminds customers to test their heating system and have it inspected by a qualified technician. Regular service will ensure the heating system operates safely and efficiently for the season ahead. 

In addition, Pepco provides a "Weathering the Storm Fact Sheet" that can be downloaded from its website www.pepco.com.

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