ComEd Launches Power Line Safety Awareness Campaign

June is National Safety Month and is the official start of home
improvement season

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ComEd is launching a public awareness campaign to warn customers about
the dangers of working around overhead power lines, as part of National
Safety Month and its ongoing efforts to promote customer safety when
working around electrical equipment.

The campaign – entitled “One Line You Should Never Cross” – targets
contractors and “do-it-yourselfers” who work on outdoor home improvement
projects that may bring them close to overhead power lines.

“At ComEd, the safety of our customers, contractors and employees is our
top priority,” said Terence R. Donnelly, Executive Vice-President and
Chief Operating Officer for ComEd. “While the majority of home
improvement work takes place during the summer months, safety is a year
round concern. We created this campaign to make sure our customers are
aware of the risks of working near overhead lines and ensure they take
the proper precautions.”

The One Line You Should Never Cross campaign will feature digital, radio
and billboard content. The ads are scheduled to begin running in late
June and will run throughout 2016. Ads will be available in English and

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there
are nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year.

  • Eight percent of consumer product-related electrocutions each year are
    attributed to electrical accidents with power drills, saws, sanders,
    hedge trimmers, and other electric power tools.
  • Nine percent of consumer product-related electrocutions each year are
    caused by accidents involving the use of lawn and garden equipment and
    ladders, which come into contact with overhead power lines.

ComEd reminds its customers that safety in any project, no matter how
big or small, is paramount. When working on home improvement projects,
ComEd offers the following safety 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
  • Do not climb or trim trees near power lines.
  • Keep electric tools and appliances away from wet surfaces including
    pools and patios.
  • Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is
    energized and extremely dangerous.
  • If you encounter a downed power line, immediately call ComEd at
    1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) or access our website at and
    report the location. Spanish-speaking customers should call
    1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy
provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides
service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois,
or 70 percent of the state’s population.
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