GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - May is National Electrical Safety Month and Delmarva Power is reminding everyone to review home, school and workplace electrical safety practices.
Electric shocks kill nearly 400 people and injure thousands nationally each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI.org). Increasing electrical safety awareness, following electrical safety guidelines, and using tools and technology designed to address electrical hazards are all components of a safety program that can be used in your home, school or office. Wiring hazards are both a major cause of electrocutions and home fires, killing hundreds and injuring thousands each year. Contact with power lines and the misuse of major appliances, surge suppressors, power strips and extension cords also contribute to serious accidents and injuries.
"Everyone needs to be aware of the potential hazards involved with using electricity," said John Allen, Delmarva Power Vice President. "Many people work outdoors, trimming trees and using ladders and scaffolds," Allen said. "It's very important to know where electric wires and equipment are located and to work safely around them," he added. Avoid unnecessary risks when working around electricity by calling a licensed contractor or electrician.
Delmarva Power urges everyone to call 811 a few days prior to the start of any projects that require digging. Underground utilities will be located and marked. This will help avoid equipment damage and injuries. Visit www.Call811.com for more information.
Here are some additional electrical safety tips:
Finally, Delmarva Power is now offering 2,000 free trees to customers through "Energy-Saving Trees," an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Delmarva Power customers can reserve their free trees at www.arborday.org/delmarva . The program will continue until all 2,000 trees are reserved. The two-to-four foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.
An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Customers can reserve up to two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include Sugar Maple, River Birch, Hackberry, American Beech, Bald Cypress, White Dogwood and Washington Hawthorn.
The "Energy-Saving Trees" online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service's i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the trees' other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.
Arbor Day representatives estimate within 20 years the 2,000 mature trees will result in more than $380,000 in energy savings.
For more information on how to save energy, visit www.delmarva.com.