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6:11 AM

7 Tips for Electrical Safety in Your Home

 

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The PPL Electric Utilities crews working to help restore power in Puerto Rico deal with some unique safety challenges they don’t usually see in Pennsylvania – like steep, jungle-like hillsides and extremely narrow roads. 

That’s why one of our top safety leaders is in Puerto Rico alongside the work crews. He’s visiting job sites, leading discussions of work conditions and making sure everyone is focused on doing the job safely. 

Safety is the most important part of our daily work in Pennsylvania, too. Our crews meet before the job starts to talk through the work plan, discussing what could go wrong and how to prevent it. And they’re encouraged to call a timeout during the work if something doesn’t look right. 

We want our customers to take a safety-first attitude toward electricity too. Even at household voltage levels, electricity can be dangerous if electrical equipment is damaged or used improperly. 

You don’t have to wear heavy rubber gloves, hard hats or safety vests, like our line workers do. Just keep these tips in mind around your home: 

Extension cords: Check them regularly, and replace them if they develop cracks or wear in the insulation. Use them in places where people won’t step on them or drive over them. And don’t string more than one together. 

Home and kitchen appliances: Replace them if they develop loose or unreliable switches or frayed power cords, because frayed wires cause fires.

 Your home electrical system: Overloaded electrical circuits can cause fires. Some signs that circuits are overloaded include flickering or dimming lights; frequent blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers; warm wall plates; or crackling, sizzling, buzzing, or a burning odor coming from outlets or switches. Don’t ignore these warning signs.

 Also, unless you’re a trained electrician, it’s probably a good idea to hire one to do any kind of rewiring or other electrical upgrade in your home. The risk of electrical shock, fire or other hazards is not worth the money saved by trying to do the job yourself.

 Yard projects: If you’re planning a project that involves digging, call Pennsylvania 811 at least three business days in advance of the work. Someone will come to your home and mark the location of underground utility lines. Digging into utility lines could shock you, not to mention disrupting service to your property. 

Also, stay at least 10 feet clear of power lines on your property. If you’re carrying a ladder, be sure it doesn’t touch a line. 

Downed lines: We invest to keep our delivery system strong, so you’re unlikely to see a downed electrical line, unless there’s an ice storm or someone drives into a pole. If you see one, report it to us immediately at 1-800-DIAL-PPL (342-5775). Stay well clear of it, and keep kids and pets away as well. Always assume a fallen line is still carrying power. 

PPL’s field employees train hard and stay focused so the high voltages they work with don’t cause injury or property damage. A little attention on your part can do the same for you at home. 

Some of these tips were provided by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (esfi.org).


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8:40 AM

We Take Trees & Reliability Seriously

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Trees and reliability. Reliability and trees. It's a balancing act we're constantly thinking about at PPL Electric Utilities, and one we take very seriously.

We take a variety of steps to keep your service reliable. One of the most important - and visible -- actions we take throughout our system is tree trimming and removal.

It's been proven that tree contact with power lines is the leading cause of storm-related outages.

You might remember the prolonged outages in this area after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and a heavy snowstorm in October 2011. Trees were a major cause of those outages, leading us to step up our tree clearing and trimming work. Contact between a tree and a transmission line in Ohio also caused the Northeast Blackout of 2003, which left 55 million people without power.
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1:06 PM

Efficiency Programs Lead to $250 Million Back to Customers


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Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine,
Regional Affairs Director, Southeast Region
PPL Corporation


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You could buy a lot of things with $250 million. You could make a big difference in your community by giving the money to charitable causes. Or, you could sock it away and let it grow for a rainy day.

We're pleased to say that our customers have an extra $250 million in their pockets every year -- to use however they choose -- as a result of efficiency programs designed to help them use energy wisely.

Since 2010, customers have installed energy-efficient lights, insulated and weatherized their properties, received in-home energy audits, recycled old refrigerators, or put in energy-efficient equipment like HVAC, refrigeration, water heaters and appliances.
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7:02 PM

Need Help with Your Energy Bills? We Can Help.

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Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine,
Regional Affairs Director, Southeast Region
PPL Corporation
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It’s been a crazy and unpredictable winter. Remember the temperatures in the 60s in late December, the 20-plus inches of snow in one day in January, and the deep cold snap in February? 

(Hopefully March won’t have any late surprises for us – but, the way things have been going, you never know.) 

One thing a challenging winter can do is drive up utility bills. And that can be a big concern, especially for those on fixed or limited incomes. 
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4:18 PM

Investments Providing Improved reliability,Economic Benefits for Businesses

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Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Paul Canevari, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Corporation
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A look at how PPL Electric Utilities is improving its system
PPL Electric Utilities’ network investments are providing long-term service reliability to help businesses remain competitive, as well as an economic development boost with jobs and contract work for everything from traffic control to line clearing.

Reliable electric delivery for quality, consistent operations helps businesses remain productive and competitive. PPL Electric Utilities is focused on providing a reliable power supply at a reasonable cost and operating more efficiently to make sure electric service remains a good value.
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