For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (Nov. 11, 2016) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is reminding public and private elementary schools across BGE's electric service area that the deadline to submit entries for BGE's fifth annual Wires Down Video Challenge is Friday, Nov. 18. The contest educates school-aged children on the importance of electric safety. Elementary school teachers (kindergarten through fifth grade) in BGE's electric service area are encouraged to work with their classes to submit 30-45-second videos of their rendition of BGE's popular "Wires Down" electrical safety commercial.
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. 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.
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 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 bgevideochallenge.com.
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. Teachers can also access free educational resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, games and science experiments by visiting BGE's e-Smart Kids website.
BGE reminds all customers stay away from power lines and report any downed power lines or electrical emergencies immediately by calling 1.800.685.0123. Follow these safety guidelines:
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