We meet this challenge by promoting a safety culture wherein full compliance with safety regulations is the minimum level of acceptable performance and business initiatives are consistent with our values. Doing so requires a disciplined approach to safety, including governing procedures and standards that clearly communicate safety expectations, employee-driven programs that meet and exceed these expectations, and frequent systematic review and appropriate revision of policies and programs at every level.
We do the following to reach our goal of ensuring the safety and security of our customers and our communities.
- In July 2008, the Exelon Nuclear Security Transition team finalized the transition from contractor to in-house security operations at all 10 Exelon Generation nuclear sites.
“We created an organization from scratch and then hired 1,500 highly qualified and specialized professionals in less than a year in a highly regulated environment,” said Jim Meister, vice president of Operations Support, Exelon Generation.
Our businesses maintain plans and conduct drills and exercises in preparation for potential emergencies – both independently and with local, state and federal emergency response organizations. Additionally, the energy industry has strategic relationships with government authorities to ensure that emergency plans are in place and critical infrastructure vulnerabilities are addressed in order to maintain the reliability of the country’s energy system.
- Annually, each Exelon Nuclear plant conducts an integrated exercise with state and local emergency organizations. These integrated exercises test and demonstrate the ability of Exelon and first responders to protect the public in the unlikely event of a plant emergency, as well as to respond to a hostile action at a plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)also participates in and grades emergency response drills to ensure readiness.
- Exelon Power conducted more than 30 exercises consisting of tabletop and quarterly notification drills. The tabletop exercises focused primarily on oil spills that could affect surface and groundwater. Results of the drills demonstrated that the contingency plans and incident command systems in place at Power’s facilities were effectively implemented.
- PECO performs emergency drills throughout the year to test procedures and emergency response plans. The company includes environmental emergency scenarios as part of its storm-readiness drills to ensure effective response to any emergency. Like PECO, ComEd also ensures the effectiveness of its emergency-response capabilities through crisis management and emergency response team training and drills conducted several times annually.
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Public Safety on the Web
- Both ComEd and PECO provide extensive safety information on their Web sites. There, customers can find tips for how to protect themselves and their families during power outages or when power lines are down, as well as sign up their children for electrical education and safety programs. PECO also provides information on natural gas safety. Visit ComED and PECO for more details.
Public safety outreach
- Exelon Power kicked off the Emergency First Responders Outreach and Training program at Lamokin Station, Pennsylvania in February 2008. As part of the program, first responders tour Power’s facilities to gain greater familiarity with, and develop more informed emergency-response strategies for, each site – enhancing both employee and responder safety.
- Exelon Nuclear distributes brochures containing details about emergency warning systems, evacuation routes and other safety issues to residents living within each station’s emergency response area. Nuclear also holds Community Information Nights for local residents.
- ComEd offered public electrical safety presentations and training sessions in 2012 that reached more than 500 people and more than 1,600 local fire departments, police departments and auxiliary first responders.
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Electrical and natural gas safety tips
Always assume power lines are live. This applies to power lines on utility poles as well as those entering your home or business. Even momentary contact with a power line can injure or kill. If a line has been knocked down during a storm stay away from it and contact your electric company immediately. Always keep yourself, your equipment and anything you carry at least 10 feet from power lines. Even though you may notice a covering on the line, NEVER assume that it is safe to touch. Stay Away! Stay Alive!
- Never stand ladders near power lines. When working on or near ladders, keep all tools, the ladder and anything else you carry well away (at least 10 feet) from power lines.
- Keep all cranes, scaffolding and high reach equipment away from power lines. Contact with a power line can cause serious burns or electrocution. Remember to work a safe distance from power lines. When performing construction activities, keep equipment at least 10 feet from the power lines and 25 feet from transmission tower lines.
- Keep yourself and others away from fallen power lines. You never know when they might be live. If a line falls on your car, STAY IN THE CAR. If you must get out of the car, jump clear. Do not touch any part of the car and the ground at the same time and stay clear of the fallen line.
Report Downed Lines: Call PECO (southeastern Pennsylvania) at 1-800-841-4141 or ComEd (northern Illinois) at 1-800-334-7661 right away and report the location of downed wires.
- Do not climb or trim trees near power lines. Keep children from climbing trees near power lines. Hire a qualified contractor to trim trees near power lines.
Call for Information: If you have any questions about removing limbs or trees near power lines, call PECO (southeastern Pennsylvania) at 1-800-841-4141 or ComEd (northern Illinois) at 1-800-334-7661.
Being safe when digging
- Call #811 before you dig. Exelon is committed to preventing serious accidents and fatalities that can result when excavators, contractors and others do not use proper care to avoid contact with underground and above ground utility equipment. Our primary concern is safety. For information regarding the location of underground utility equipment, including natural gas pipes and electrical lines, in your neighborhood or work area, you should call #811 before you dig.