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For Immediate Release


Rachael Lighty

BGE Reminds Elementary Schools to Submit a Video Entry by Friday for a Chance to Win Up to $10,000 to Fund a School Enrichment Project through the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge

All public and private elementary schools have until Nov. 14 to create their own rendition of BGE’s original ‘Wires Down’ television commercial and submit it online at for a chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000

This year’s challenge features multiple opportunities to win in each of the counties throughout BGE’s central Maryland electric service area, including awards that acknowledge creativity and the video with the highest number of votes

BALTIMORE (Nov. 10, 2014) - As the Nov. 14 deadline for BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge approaches, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) encourages elementary schools to create their own rendition of BGE’s popular "Wires Down" electrical safety commercial for the chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund a school enrichment program. BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge provides an opportunity for elementary school students (kindergarten through fifth grade) in public and private elementary schools across BGE’s electric service area to use their creativity and imagination to produce their own adaption of BGE’s popular "Wires Down" electrical safety commercial. All public and private elementary schools have until Nov. 14 to create a 30-45 second video and submit it online at At least one winning school will be chosen from each participating county, as well as Baltimore City.

"At BGE, safety is our top priority and we believe it is essential for children to know the dangers of downed power lines and to learn the importance of electrical safety," said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer for BGE. "It’s not too late for schools to submit videos. BGE will be awarding up to $33,000 to the winning schools. We look forward to the submissions and wish all participating schools the best of luck."

The Emmy Award winning "Wires Down" commercial was produced in 2000 and with its "do not, do not, do not touch" refrain, the commercial introduced a memorable song that educated young children about the dangers of downed power lines. In 2012, BGE re-introduced "Wires Down" to a new generation of elementary school students with the establishment of the Wires Down Video Challenge to provide educators with a fun and creative way to teach students about electrical safety, while also promoting teamwork and school spirit. The challenge also provides an opportunity for the teachers and students to share important electrical safety information with their families and friends. Since inception of the Wires Down Video Challenge, BGE has awarded $50,000 to fund school enrichment programs at 19 schools throughout the BGE service area.

Participating schools will have the opportunity to win the following awards:

  • BGE Star Power Award - $10,000
  • BGE Spotlight Award - $5,000
  • BGE Cast and Crew Award (awarded for most student effort) - $3,000
  • BGE Director’s Cut Award (awarded to the most creative entry) - $3000  
  • BGE Golden Pipes Award – (awarded to best musical performance) - $3,000
  • BGE Screen Gem Award (awarded to best entry in each county) - $1,000
  • Rock The Vote! Award (awarded to the entry with the most votes) – Backpacks and safety gear

Visit for contest information, including official rules, downloadable entry kit and tips. Watch the Wires Down Video Challenge sizzle reel to see highlights from the previous two years.

"BGE has a long-standing commitment to ensuring public safety and supporting educational initiatives in our communities," continued Butler. "Our Wires Down Video Challenge does both. In addition to this contest, we provide schools and students with energy safety and other educational materials on safety, including classroom lessons, teacher guides, experiments and games – all of which are available on our e-Smart Kids website."

A variety of energy safety resources, including demonstrations and online educational materials, are made available to the public through the Wires Down Video Challenge. BGE also provides free in-school electric safety demonstrations conducted by a BGE lineman. Teachers or administrators interested in a natural gas or electric safety demonstration at their school should send an email to

BGE asks all customers stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately by calling 1.800.685.0123. Please share the following electrical safety information with your community:

  • Assume that all overhead wires are energized at lethal voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down, appears to be insulated or if power is out at nearby premises.
  • Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call BGE at 1.800.685.0123 to report fallen electric lines.
  • Keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities.
  • If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.
  • Avoid touching anything that may be coming into contact with an overhead wire like tree limbs or other debris.
  • If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call emergency services.
  • Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.
  • Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.
  • If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  • Always use caution when working near electricity.

Visit for more information. To access resources please visit the Wires Down Video Challenge site, the Electrical Safety page or the e-Smart Kids portal.


BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of 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, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

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