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
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
* Call a licensed professional if your home repairs require work near
* 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
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
* 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
SOURCE PECO, An Exelon Company