For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (Aug. 29, 2016) –
Baltimore Gas and Electric today announced the beginning of its fifth annual
BGE Wires Down Video Challenge to educate elementary school-aged children on the importance of practicing electrical safety. From Aug. 29 until Nov. 18, 2016, elementary school teachers (kindergarten through fifth grade) in public and private elementary schools across BGE's electric service area are encouraged to work with their class to submit 30 to 45-second videos of their interpretation of BGE's popular "Wires Down" electrical safety commercial. Entries have a chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund a school enrichment project. At least one winning school will be chosen as a winner from each participating county. Up to $34,000 will be awarded this year to winning schools with an additional $500 awarded to the submitting teacher from the first place winning school.
Originally produced in 2000, the Emmy Award-winning BGE "Wires Down" commercial with its "do not, do not, do not touch" melody aims to help raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children. Last year's $10,000 grand prize winning school, Krieger Schechter Day School, used the funding to install scientific discovery tools for their playground to include outdoor equipment that demonstrates scientific principles such as swings, balance ramps and gears and an outdoor shed which would house magnifying glasses, measuring tools and butterfly nets.
To date, BGE has awarded $111,000 to 33 elementary schools across central Maryland as part of the
BGE Wires Down Video Challenge. For more information on the contest, to download your free entry kit or to view last year's winning video, visit
Public and private elementary schools in the BGE service area are also welcome to schedule free, in-person safety demonstrations from BGE safety experts who arrive in real utility bucket trucks or other service vehicles. To schedule a demonstration, please email our community affairs team at BGEEducationalOutreach@bge.com.
BGE reminds all customers to stay away from power lines and report any downed power lines or electrical emergencies immediately by calling 800.685.0123. Follow these safety guidelines:
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on
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