For Immediate Release
Atlantic City Electric Urges Customers to Be Safe
MAYS LANDING, N.J . - Atlantic City Electric is preparing for yet another winter storm that could bring a wintry mix in some areas. Sleet, freezing rain and wet snow can sometimes coat electrical equipment, resulting in power outages. The weight of the ice can break cross arms on power poles and bring tree limbs and trees down onto power lines, which then break poles and snap spans of power lines. Ice and wet snow can cause extensive damage and require significant effort cutting up and removing limbs and trees, installing new power poles, restringing lines and replacing other equipment such as transformers and fuses. That can cause extended outages.
There is also the possibility of service interruptions due to coastal flooding and traffic accidents that involve drivers' vehicles skidding into utility poles.
Atlantic City Electric will coordinate its power restoration efforts with emergency management personnel and local government officials.
Customers are asked to call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476 to report an outage, downed or damaged power line.
Atlantic City Electric's automated outage reporting system is the most effective way to report an outage because it immediately feeds information into computers that rapidly identify problem areas and dispatch repair crews, so that power can be restored as quickly as possible.
Atlantic City Electric advises everyone to follow these important safety tips:
Atlantic City Electric urges customers to stay safe and be prepared. Here are some additional tips:
Additional emergency preparedness and safety information may be found at www.atlanticcityelectric.com.
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 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey.