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Justin Mulcahy

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Final Week to Vote for the Winner of BGE’s Annual Electric Safety Contest

BALTIMORE (April 16, 2018) – Calling all votes! BGE is reminding the public that the online voting phase to select the winner of the sixth BGE Wires Down Video Challenge ends Sunday, April 22. The annual contest aims to educate elementary school-aged children on the importance of practicing electric safety. 

Elementary school teachers in public and private elementary schools across BGE's electric service area worked with their classes to submit 30 to 45-second videos of their interpretation of BGE's popular "Wires Down" electrical safety commercial. Members of the public can help choose the winner by visiting bgevideochallenge.com and voting up to three times per day.

Teachers and students have a chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund a school enrichment project.  Up to $34,000 will be awarded this year to winning schools with an additional $500 awarded to the teacher who submits the entry from the grand prize-winning school.  Teachers of the first five entries will receive a portable power bank to recharge mobile devices. Additionally, the first five, first-time contest entries will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift card toward the purchase of classroom supplies.

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 winner, Krieger Schechter Day School, was a repeat winner and used the funding to buy specialized STEM Inquiry Kits for their science units. The kits include activities and hands-on experiments in varying subject areas including weather, electricity, rocks and minerals, sound, and food chemistry.

To date, BGE has awarded more than $145,000 to 43 elementary schools across central Maryland as part of the contest.

Remember to follow these safety guidelines:

  • 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 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 in 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.

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BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable power delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. J.D. Power's 2017 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM ranked BGE highest in customer satisfaction with business electric service in the east among large utilities. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube  and Flickr.

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