5 Water Recreation Safety Tips

Before you go swimming, fishing or boating this Memorial Day Weekend, always remember that contact between water and electricity can be harmful or even fatal.

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Here are a few safety tips that you should keep in mind.

  • Be careful when pulling your sailboat on the beach or when docking. Always look up for overhead power lines.
  • Remove or lower antennas or flags from large cruise vessels and sailboat hulls before transporting your boat over land. Know the total height of your trailer and boat with and without the mast up.
  • Be aware of signs that indicate underwater gas or electric utility lines. Don’t anchor your boat near underwater cables or pipelines. At low tide, clearances to underwater cables and pipelines could be inadequate for your vessel.
  • When fishing, look behind you before you cast to make sure your hook will not get caught on a power line.
  • Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools (even the cleaning equipment) is grounded.

For more safety tips, visit our Safety Center page.

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10 Electrical Safety Tips for Children

May is National Electrical Safety Month, so we would like to remind you how important it is to follow safety precautions and educate children about the dangers of misusing electricity and electrical devices. Here are a few safety tips for you and your children to always keep in mind:

1. Place safety covers over unused electric outlets to make sure your child does not stick their finger (or any other object) into the outlet

2. Do not let your child touch wires lying on the ground, or inside the house.

3. Keep balloons, kites and other toys away from overhead lines

4. Make sure your kite is made of wood, plastic or paper – never metal, foil or wire

5. Keep electric appliances at least 10 feet away from swimming pools

6. Never touch anything electrical with wet hands

7. Never unplug an appliance by pulling the cord

8. Never play around substations, utility towers or pad-mounted transformers (green metal boxes) or where “Danger: High Voltage” signs are posted

9. Never use electric appliances during a bath or shower, when standing near a sink or when standing in water

10. Never pour water on an electrical fire. If the home does not have an appropriate extinguisher (class A,B,C), use flour or baking soda

Visit our Safety Center page for more safety tips.

Preparing for winter storms

ImageWinter storms can bring high winds, snow, sleet, ice and even a combination of precipitation. Heavy snow and ice can cause outages by bringing trees and branches down on power lines, while ice and sleet create slick road conditions that can cause vehicle accidents that damage poles and other electrical equipment.

We closely monitor the weather and mobilize work crews before a storm hits to ensure that we respond as quickly and safely as possible should storm damage occur. Safety is our top priority, and we encourage you to review these tips and precautions to prepare for the worst of winter weather.

Before a Storm Strikes

  • Develop and practice an emergency plan with everyone in your household.
  • Assemble an emergency storm kit containing bottled water, non-perishable foods, blankets, flashlights and fresh batteries, first-aid kit and prescription medications, special medical or infant supplies, tools and other essential items.
  • Purchase a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector for your home if you plan to use an alternative source of heat.
  • Fill your bathtub with water if your water supply depends on electricity.
  • Make sure cell phones are charged.
  •  Protect and unplug electronic equipment.
  • Ensure your contact information is up to date with Pepco (have your account number available, call 202-835-1007 and say “update phone number”).
  •  Download the Pepco Self-Service app  on your mobile device so you can access outage maps, get restoration estimates, report outages and call us through a direct dial link should the power go out.

If Power Goes Out

  • If possible, gather in a central room that has an alternative source of heat such as a fireplace or wood stove.
  • Keep freezer and refrigerator doors shut.
  •  Open window shades to let the sun warm rooms during the day; close the shades at night to keep warmth in.
  • Dress in loose layers for warmth and flexibility.
  • If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees Fahrenheit or below, open your faucets slightly so they constantly drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • When conditions are safe, check on elderly or home-bound neighbors.

Heating Without Power

  • If using a portable generator during a power outage, always operate it outside, away from doors and windows to prevent deadly carbon monoxide fumes from entering the home.
  • Don’t use a gas range for heating a room or use charcoal to heat or cook indoors.
  • Keep children and pets away from any open flames.
  •  Use a carbon monoxide detector to keep you and your family safe. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless.

Snow Safety

When snow piles up, it’s important to keep areas outside your home clear.

  • Clear snow from access areas to your home and make sure to clear snow accumulation from appliance vents and heat pumps outside your home to ensure they can operate safely.
  • Remember to take breaks while clearing snow and avoid over exerting yourself.

Please remember to report outages and downed wires by calling 1-877-737-2662, using the mobile app or by visiting Pepco.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get tips on preparing for emergencies and updates on our restoration efforts.