For Immediate Release
June is National Safety Month and is the official start of the summer home improvement season
BALTIMORE (June 24, 2016) – As part of National Safety Month and its ongoing efforts to promote safety around electric and natural gas facilities, BGE reminds customers to be aware of their surroundings when planning projects near electric or natural gas equipment. Contacting an overhead or underground electric line or underground natural gas line can cause serious injury, damage and service interruptions. It is essential for anyone who is working near this equipment to take the necessary preparations before beginning their work.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year.
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“Safety is part of our culture at BGE and something we prioritize each and every day,” said Stephen J. Woerner, BGE president and chief operating officer. “We not only stress safety with our employees, but we also work hard to educate our customers and contractors on how to be safe when working around electric and natural gas facilities and when traveling through utility work zones.”
As part of BGE’s safety commitment, the company has a public safety advertising campaign to educate those who work around overhead and underground power lines, hosts numerous safety education events and contests, and provides information to customers and contractors each year in bill inserts and informational mailings. Two safety contests in particular, the Wires Down Video Challenge and the Captain Mercaptan Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge, are geared toward elementary school students in BGE’s service territory and provide important tips on electric safety and natural gas safety.
For more safety information, visit bge.com/safety.
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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