Heavy, wet snow could result in outages, customers encouraged to
PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and high winds forecasted to
hit the region during the next 48 hours, PECO is ready. More than 3,000
employees and contractors are prepared to respond to customer needs,
repair potential storm damage, and safely restore service as quickly as
With preparations beginning late last week, PECO’s Emergency Response
Organization has been activated, with employees preparing vehicles,
finalizing staffing plans and securing resources from local contractors
and assistance from the company’s sister utility, ComEd, in Chicago.
Heavy, wet snow can accumulate on trees, adding significant weight
causing branches to break, which can result in power outages for
customers. If outages do occur, field crews and personnel will work to
repair damage and safely restore service to customers as quickly as
PECO reminds customers to stay safe during extreme winter weather and
prepare for possible storm damage. Customers can visit peco.com/alerts
to choose how to receive messages from PECO regarding an outage or
severe weather – via text, email or phone.
Just as PECO has made preparations ahead of the storm, customers also
should be prepared for the impact of severe weather:
- Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
- Charge cell phones and other mobile devices.
- Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare food.
If an outage does occur:
Stay away from downed wires, damaged electric equipment, and tree
limbs and branches contacting electrical equipment. Always assume
PECO’s equipment is energized, even if there is an outage in your
neighborhood. Report these dangerous conditions to PECO immediately by
Turn off and unplug appliances and other devices to prevent possible
damage. Remember to keep one light on so you know when service has
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Move
meats, cheese, milk, and other perishable items into the freezer to
stay colder longer. A partially full freezer can keep food frozen for
up to 24 hours, and up to 48 hours when full.
Customers who experience an outage or issue with their natural gas
service should call the company immediately at 1-800-841-4141.
Customers also can report outages online, using their desktop, tablet
or mobile device at www.peco.com.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural
gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy
to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000
natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The
company’s 2,500 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable
delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy
management conservation, environmental stewardship and community
assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic
impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local
jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. PECO is a
subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s only Fortune
100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more
information visit PECO.com,
and connect with the company on Facebook
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Greg Smore, 215-841-5555