By Jeannette M. Mills, VP, Customer Operations & Chief Customer Officer
Yesterday we made very good progress repairing storm damage and restoring power to customers. Clean-up continues today and we now have more than 5,000 employees, contractors, tree personnel and out-of-state linemen working on the remaining power outages
in locations across the service area
As work continues, please be extremely cautious today, especially as many schools and businesses re-open. Many area traffic lights are not operating, making driving and crossing roads potentially hazardous. It is extremely critical that everyone understands and obeys Maryland’s new traffic law that went into effect Oct. 1, which requires all drivers to make a complete stop when approaching a non-functional traffic light, before entering any crosswalk or before entering the intersection.
Tonight, those observing Halloween trick-or-treating need to be particularly careful, especially as it relates to numerous remaining downed wires and other hazards. BGE has safety standby personnel safeguarding many downed wires, but understand that not all downed wires are reported or known, and some additional lines may continue to fall. Always assume all wires are energized and dangerous. Stay away from downed wires and never touch or try to move a wire of any type. Be observant for caution tape, safety cones, rope or other equipment that may be blocking a downed wire or other hazard. Never attempt to cross a taped or guarded area, and obey the instructions of public safety officials who may be safeguarding an area. For your safety, do not approach utility work areas. Downed wires should be reported to 1.877.778.2222. Those planning to trick or treat are encouraged to plan a route in advance while it is light to make sure there are no downed wires. Additionally, children should be accompanied by adults and limit activity after dark. Those out in limited light or darkness should wear bright, reflective clothing and carry flashlights.
Although we experienced significant damage and outages from Hurricane Sandy, in many ways we were fortunate to be spared from most destructive forces of this powerful storm, especially as we see reports of the damage to our neighbors to the north. While this has been the case, there is still much to clean up here and many potential hazards to be cautious about. Be safe today and tonight and throughout the remainder of the clean-up effort. Thank you.