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BGE Encourages Electric Safety, Video Challenge

The utility company is visiting local schools and encouraging students to participate in creating a video about the dangers of downed wires.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is working hard to educate the public—and young people in particular—about electrical hazards such as downed wires.

On Friday, BGE linemen visited Fort Smallwood Elementary in Pasadena to educate students about the importance of electric safety. BGE will be visiting other schools with the same message.

The lesson in electric safety is timely after two boys in Severna Park were treated for burns earlier this week after they reportedly poked a power line with a stick.

BGE is also sponsoring a "Wires Down Video Challenge" for all elementary schools in its service area to encourage students to make their own public service announcement about electric safety. The winner of the challenge will receive up to $10,000 for a school enrichment project.

Participants may enter now through Nov. 30 and create 30- to 45-second videos, using the same lyrics and melody from the original “Wires Down” commercial. Schools will compete against each other during a two-week online public voting period in December and the winners will be announced in January 2013. For more information, visit BGEvideochallenge.com.

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