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3 Powerful Safety Tips for National Electrical Safety Month

Whether you must charge your cell phone and laptop in preparation for the next team meeting or play your child’s favorite show for the hundredth time – we know how important power is during the pandemic. We also know you and your families depend on Pepco to provide safe, reliable power when you’re at home.

In honor of May being National Electrical Safety Month, we’ve pulled together three tips for you to be safe around electricity all year-long.

  1. Watch for power lines above and below. Before using a ladder, cleaning gutters, or working on your roof, be sure to check for power lines. Assume any downed wire is energized and dangerous. Please call us right away to report any fallen power lines. Also don’t forget to call 8-1-1 before doing any digging around your home to find out where underground utility lines may be buried.


  1. It’s not too late to do some spring cleaning. Ensure your power cords aren’t frayed or running under carpets or rugs, and that your outlets aren’t overloaded with multiple items. If cords are damaged, replace them now and consider using power strips with integrated fuses if you have to plug in more than two items into one outlet.


  1. Use generators safely. If the power does go out, a generator can be convenient, but be sure to only operate it outside and in a well-ventilated area away from your home. Check the manufacturer’s instructions before using any generator and operate it only according to those instructions. Never plug a generator directly into a home electrical outlet or directly into a circuit breaker.