ComEd Provides Electrical Safety Tips During National Safety Month

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Business

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Business

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.

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