Warmer weather is officially here, and with the warmer weather comes
yard work and many outdoor and indoor home improvement projects. As
customers begin their spring cleaning, landscaping and other projects,
PECO provides important safety tips to help customers stay safe.
"We want to make sure our customers have all the information they need
to stay safe as the warm weather rolls in," said Angela Ahmad, PECO's
manager of Safety Field Services. "For example, it is critical that
customers stay away from the electric and natural gas equipment that
provides service to their homes. And, if customers are doing any sort of
work that requires underground digging or excavation, they must call PA
One Call at 811, in advance, to have all the underground lines and pipes
marked for safety."
The following are a few simple safety tips that homeowners should follow
while working inside and outside of the home. For more information on
electric safety, visit www.peco.com/SAFETY
Working Safely Outdoors
Be sure to use extension cords marked for outdoor use. An indoor
extension cord used outdoors can create a fire hazard and result in
We recommend for you to 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. You, contractors or other professionals needing to work within
10 feet of a power line should call PECO New Business Services in
advance at 1-800-454-4100 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. A qualified
contractor should always trim trees located near aerial power lines.
Call Before You Dig
When working underground, "call before you dig." Whether you are
planting a tree, building a fence or laying a building foundation,
contact with an underground line can be fatal. Call Pennsylvania One
Call at 811, three working days in advance, to have all underground
lines marked for safety.
Use Electrical Tools Wisely
Inspect your 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
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 equipment manuals for
recommended protective equipment.
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 wattage 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.
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 your smoke detector batteries annually.
Nationally recognized as one of the best utilities safety performance,
PECO is ranked among the top 10% percent of utilities according to the
latest Edison Electric Institute (EEI) benchmarking safety study.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility
subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6
million electric and 490,000 natural gas customers in southeastern
Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO
delivered 87.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 39.5 billion
kilowatt-hours-hours of electricity in 2010. 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.
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