Atlantic City Electric Reminds Customers to Be Safe Around Overhead Power Lines

Jun 30, 2016

Since many outside home improvement tasks and summer happenings can bring customers nearer to overhead power lines, Atlantic City Electric officials are reminding the public about the hazards of operating around the structures.

“Residents working near electrical equipment can be dangerous, so we remind our customers to be aware of overhead lines this month and year ’round when working or playing outdoors,” said Vince Maione, region president at Atlantic City Electric, which provides services to more than 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey. “We place a strong emphasis on reliability, but the safety of our customers remains a constant area of focus for our company.”

Nearly 400 electrocutions occur in the United States each year, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission findings. Eight percent of consumer product-related electrocutions each year are due to electrical mishaps with power drills, saws, sanders, hedge trimmers and other electric-powered tools. Another nine percent of consumer product-related electrocutions each year are triggered by accidents surrounding the use of lawn and garden equipment and ladders that come into contact with overhead power lines.

In honor of National Safety Month as well as ACE’s ongoing efforts to promote electrical safety, the company offers these tips:

● Before digging for any project, dial 811 to arrange for any utility lines to be marked.

● Keep ladders and other tools at least 10 feet from overhead power lines.

● Do not climb or trim trees near power lines.

● Keep electric tools and appliances away from wet surfaces, including pools and patios.

● Always maintain a distance of at least 10 feet between watercraft and nearby power lines (both underground and overhead).

● Don’t allow anyone to swim near docks. Avoid entering the water when launching or loading a boat.

● Have the watercraft’s electrical system regularly inspected and checked for safety upgrades by a certified marine electrician.

● Have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters installed on boats, and test them once a month.

Customers should report any outages and keep away from downed wires.​ To report outages and/or downed wires, call 800-833-7476, follow the prompts and ask for a call back to verify that power has been reinstated. Outages may also be reported online via atlanticcityelectric.com, or through ACE’s mobile app. —K.A.E.

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