May 20, 2002
BGE Offers Weekly Tips for May -
Electrical Safety Month; Final Set in a Series of Four, Focusing on
In an effort to reduce injuries caused by electricity, Baltimore Gas and
Electric Company (BGE) has teamed up with the National Electrical Safety
Foundation International and Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening in
proclaiming May Electrical Safety Month.
Every year, more than 500 accidental electrocutions occur across the nation.
Nationally, nearly 70,000 residential fires are caused by problems with
faulty electrical wiring systems, appliances, tools, or air conditioning
units, causing nearly $890 million in property damage.
To help protect its customers from injury, BGE is offering safety tips for
each week in May. This is the last in a series on outdoor, indoor,
appliance, and child electrical safety tips.
Youngster Electrical Safety
-- Make sure there are safety covers on all unused outlets that are
accessible to children.
-- Never fly kites around overhead electric lines or climb trees near
overhead electric lines.
-- Never trespass on or around pad-mounted electrical equipment and
transformers (green metal boxes). If the cabinet lock is open or the
door has been tampered with, contact BGE at 410-685-0123, or
1-800-685-0123 outside the Baltimore metropolitan area.
-- Never place halogen lamps in children's bedrooms or playrooms.
-- Never tug on an electrical cord or plug.
-- Never touch an electrical appliance with wet hands.
-- Never play near signs warning "Danger High Voltage" or green boxes
called pad-mounted transformers.
Parents, please remember to:
-- Keep all electrical cords out of reach and out of sight to prevent
children and pets from pulling appliances off of tables or counters.
-- Put safety covers on all wall outlets. Avoid ornamental safety caps
that may tempt a child to play with wall outlets.
-- Never leave lamp sockets empty; always replace burned out light bulbs
About Constellation Energy Group
BGE is a member of Constellation Energy Group (NYSE: CEG) . Based in
Baltimore, Constellation Energy Group owns energy-related businesses,
including a North American wholesale power marketing and merchant generation
business and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), a regulated
energy delivery company. BGE provides service to more than 1.1 million
electric customers and approximately 600,000 natural gas customers in
Central Maryland. At year-end 2001, Constellation Energy Group reported
combined revenues of $3.9 billion and assets of $14.1 billion.