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Pepco Urges Customers to Think Safety First to Avoid Overhead Power Lines

Pepco reminds customers that electricity is a powerful and potentially deadly force. With yard cleanup and tree trimming chores in full swing, Pepco urges customers to avoid power lines when carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree saws and pool cleaning equipment.

Touching a power line with any part of your body or most objects can result in serious injury or death. Remember that electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastics. Check for power lines in or near trees before using a ladder (even a wooden ladder) or scaffolding before trimming branches. Certain critical clearances are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working below or adjacent to power lines. Call Pepco at 202-833-7500 for trimming of branches that interfere with power lines. Pepco is committed to delivering safe and reliable power.

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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 750,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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