PECO Reminds Customers to be Safe on the First Full Day of Spring as They Begin Their Spring Cleaning and Outdoor Projects

    PHILADELPHIA, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is here, and so is the
 potential for accidents as customers begin their spring cleaning, outdoor
 landscaping and home improvement projects. PECO reminds customers to be
 safe, especially while working outdoors near utility power equipment.
     For residents considering roof repairs, exterior painting, landscaping
 or building a patio, following a few simple precautions can help avoid an
 accident:
     Working Safely Outdoors
      * Be sure to use extension cords marked for outdoor use. An indoor
        extension cord used outdoors can result in electric shock or cause a
        fire hazard.
      * Call a licensed professional if your home repairs require work near
        power lines.
      * Look up, stay away, stay alive -- even momentary contact with electric
        lines can injure or kill. This applies to lines attached to utility
        poles as well as those entering buildings. Always keep yourself, your
        equipment, and anything you carry at least 10 feet away from power
        lines. Contractors and other professionals needing to work within 10
        feet of a power line should call 215-841-4000 in advance to make
        arrangements to have PECO protect the work area. Be aware of power
        lines that run through tree limbs and branches. Climbing or trimming
        trees near power lines is dangerous. Trees located near aerial power
        lines should always be trimmed by a qualified contractor.
     When working underground, customers should call before they dig,
 especially when planting trees, building a fence or laying a foundation.
 Call 8-1-1 three business days before beginning a project that involves
 digging. Professionals will then come out to locate and mark all
 underground facilities. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently
 approved the use of 8-1-1 as a national abbreviated telephone number for
 commercial and residential customers to use to provide advanced notice of
 excavating activities. Each year, PECO experts respond to calls about
 dig-ins at underground electric and natural gas lines. To avoid that, just
 dial 8-1-1.
     PECO also offers the following general safety reminders:
     Inspect Your Home for Electrical Safety
      * Check outlets and extension cords to make sure they aren't overloaded.
      * Examine electrical cords to make sure they are not frayed, damaged or
        placed under rugs or carpets.
      * Make sure the proper watt light bulbs are being used in light fixtures
        and lamps.
      * Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in areas that can get
        wet such as the kitchen, bathrooms or outdoors.
      * An older home may be inadequately wired for today's electrical usage,
        so to avoid the risk of fire or electric shock, hire a licensed
        professional to replace worn and outdated circuitry and add additional
        outlets to accommodate appliances and electronics.
      * Test smoke detector batteries annually.
 
     Use Electrical Tools Wisely
      * Inspect electrical tools on a regular basis, including large tools such
        as table saws, drill presses and bench grinders. Look for frayed power
        cords, broken plugs or cracked housings. Never use a damaged product.
      * Never use electrical tools in the rain or in wet areas. Specifically,
        do not use electrically powered lawn mowers on wet grass.
      * Use three-pronged outlets and plugs.
      * Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment like face
        shields, glasses, gloves and boots. Refer to the owner's manual for
        recommended protective equipment.
     Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility
 subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE:   EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million
 electric and 480,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In
 2006, the company delivered 38.2 million megawatt-hours (Mwh) of
 electricity and 76.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to residential,
 business and institutional customers. PECO's energy delivery services
 generated $5.17 billion in revenue for Exelon. Founded in 1881, PECO is one
 of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens,
 providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and
 culture, education, environmental, economic development and community
 programs and organizations.
     Contact:  Cameron Kline
               PECO, An Exelon Company
               2301 Market Street, S14-1
               Philadelphia, PA  19103
               215-841-5555
 
 

SOURCE PECO, An Exelon Company

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