• Atlantic City Electric Urges Customers to Stay Safe as High Winds Fell Trees and Bring Down Wires

    Apr 16, 2007

    Mays Landing, N.J. – Soaking rains followed by high winds have taken down many trees throughout southern New Jersey and have caused numerous power outages. Atlantic City Electric crews are working to restore power, but the high winds make their work more difficult and are continuing to cause new outages.

    Trees that bring down power lines create hazardous conditions and Atlantic City Electric urges customers to stay safe during these weather emergencies.

    Atlantic City Electric urges customers to heed the following safety tips:

    · All downed wires should be treated as if they are energized. Do not approach them or touch them. If you see a downed wire, report it to Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.

    · Report power outages by calling 1-800-833-7476.

    · Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility line. Assume all objects touching a power line are energized.

    · Keep away from flooded areas and stay indoors. Even wading in a shallow puddle or flooded basement that is exposed to an energized line could cause a harmful or fatal electrical contact.

    · Keep children and pets inside and away from standing water.

    · If your basement is flooded, DO NOT attempt to turn off power or operate circuit breakers while standing in water.

    · Turn off all appliances, including your furnace, air conditioner, water heater and water pump. That way, you can avoid a circuit overload and another outage that may result when power is restored to all appliances at once

    · Unplug sensitive electronics and turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if you can safely do so.

    · (NOTE: Do not turn off power to sump pumps.)

    · Leave on one lamp so you'll know when the power is restored.

    · If you use a portable generator, always operate it outside, away from doors and windows, to avoid deadly carbon monoxide.

    · For your safety and the safety of Atlantic City Electric employees working to restore power, do not connect your generator directly into your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. Improperly connected generators can feed electricity back into the electrical system, endangering field personnel working to restore your power. Consult a qualified electrical contractor if a permanent generator installation is desired.

    Editor’s Note: refer to Atlantic City Electric’s website (www.atlanticcityelectric.com) for more information on electrical safety and power outage updates.

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    Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in southern New Jersey.