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For National Safety Month, ComEd Provides Customers Electrical Safety Tips

CHICAGO (June 5, 2018) – As part of National Safety Month in June, ComEd is reminding local contractors and customers to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings when planning or completing projects near electric equipment.

Contacting an overhead or underground electric line can cause serious injury, damage, or power outages. It is essential for anyone who is working near electrical equipment to take the necessary preparations before beginning their work.

Follow these tips:

  • Before digging for any project, call 811 to be connected to JULIE, or DIGGER in Chicago, and 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.
  • Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous.
  • If you encounter a downed power line, immediately report it to ComEd at 1-800-334-7661.

ComEd crews work year-round to ensure safe and reliable service for customers. Much of this work is completed in area roadways, where lane restrictions provide a temporary work zone for employees. To ensure the safety of motorists and ComEd employees and contractors, it's important to reduce speeds and keep safety top-of-mind when driving through active work zones.

​To learn more, visit ComEd.com/safety.

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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 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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