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Justin Mulcahy

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One Week Remaining for Submissions into BGE’s Annual Electric Safety Contest

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:

  • 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 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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