As part of National Safety Month and the company’s ongoing efforts to
ensure safety around electric and natural gas facilities, PECO reminds
contractors and DIYers to be aware of their surroundings when planning
projects near electric or natural gas equipment.
Contacting an overhead or underground electric line or underground
natural gas line can cause serious injury, damage and service
interruptions. It is essential for anyone who is working near this
equipment to take the necessary precautions before beginning their work.
Follow these tips:
Before digging for any project, call 811 to arrange for any utility
lines to be marked.
Contact PECO at 1-800-454-4100 if you are planning any work or
activity that may bring yourself, your equipment and anything you
carry within 10 feet of a power line.
Keep ladders and other tools at least 10 feet from overhead power
Do not climb or trim trees near power lines.
Keep electric tools and appliances away from wet surfaces, including
pools and patios.
Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is
energized and extremely dangerous.
If you encounter a downed power line, immediately call PECO at
PECO crews also work year-round to ensure safe and reliable service for
customers. Much of this work is completed in area roadways, where lane
restrictions provide a temporary work zone for employees. To ensure
safety, it’s important to reduce speeds and be aware when driving
through active work zones.
“Safety is first and foremost at PECO,” said Mike Innocenzo, senior vice
president and COO. “The safety of our customers, our employees and the
communities we serve is our top priority and we work hard to keep the
public informed about ways to stay safe around our equipment.”
As part of this effort, PECO has a public safety advertising campaign to
educate those who work around aerial and underground power lines, hosts
numerous safety education events, and provides information to customers
and contractors each year in bill inserts and informational mailings.
As part of the Exelon family of companies, PECO joins its sister
utilities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and
Illinois in promoting National Safety Month. For more safety
information, visit peco.com/safety.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility
subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400
dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6
million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in
southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic
feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The
company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in
Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760
million in labor income. 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. For more information visit PECO.com,
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