For Immediate Release
Steer clear of overhead and underground utility lines
MAYS LANDING, N.J - Touching a power line with any part of your body or most objects can result in serious injury or death. Electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastics. Certain critical clearances are required by law and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working near power lines.
April has been designated as National Safe Digging Month; the nationwide number to call before you dig is 811. When 811 is called from anywhere in Atlantic City Electric's service territory, the call is routed to an operator who will ask for the location of the digging job. Within a few days, a locator is sent to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines so you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely. This is a free service.
Atlantic City Electric urges you to avoid power lines when carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree saws and pool cleaning equipment by holding them parallel to the ground. Look up before raising any items to be sure they are clear of any overhead wires. Remember, if you make contact with utility lines with digging tools or equipment, you and others could be seriously injured, and you may be liable for injuries and repair costs.
For more safety tips, log onto Atlantic City Electric's Web site 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.