Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published November 15, 2013

BGE Encourages Elementary Schools to Compete in the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge for a Chance to Win Up to $10,000 to Fund a School Enrichment Project

BGE Encourages Elementary Schools to Compete in the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge for a

Chance to Win Up to $10,000 to Fund a School Enrichment Project

All public and private elementary schools have until Nov. 18 to create their own rendition of BGE’s original ‘Wires Down’

television commercial and submit it online at for a chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000

This year’s challenge features multiple opportunities to win, including awards that acknowledge creativity and the video

with the highest number of votes


BALTIMORE (Nov. 15, 2013) – As the Nov. 18  deadline for BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge approaches, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reminds elementary schools to create their own rendition of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electrical safety commercial for the chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund a school enrichment program.  BGE’s Wires Down Video Challengeallows elementary school students (kindergarten through fifth grade) in public and private elementary schools across BGE’s service area to use their creativity and imagination to produce their own adaption of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electrical safety commercial. This year’s challenge has been expanded to include new award categories, providing additional opportunities for schools to win funding. All public and private elementary schools have until Nov. 18 to create a video and submit it online

Originally produced in 2000, the Emmy Award-winning commercial, with its “do not, do not, do not touch” refrain, aims to help raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children. The Wires Down Video Challenge was created to provide educators with a fun and creative way to teach students about electrical safety, while also promoting teamwork and school spirit. The challenge also provides an opportunity for the teachers and students to share important electrical safety information with their families and friends. In 2012, BGE awarded $21,000 to eight schools across central Maryland.

“At BGE, the safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority, and we are excited to see that more than 280 entry kits have already been downloaded by teachers and parents for this year’s competition, solidifying the importance of this safety education program,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “This year, BGE has expanded its competition and will be awarding up to $33,000 to the winning schools. We look forward to the submissions and wish all participating schools the best of luck.”

In the 2013, eligible schools will have an opportunity to win in the following categories:

·         BGE Star Power Award - $10,000

·         BGE Spotlight Award - $5,000

·         BGE Cast and Crew Award (to acknowledge efforts by students) - $3,000

·         BGE Director’s Cut Award (to acknowledge creativity) - $3,000

·         BGE Golden Pipes Award - $3,000

·         BGE Screen Gem Award (up to 9 awards for best overall in each county) - $1,000

·         Rock the Vote! Award (for the video with the most online votes) – Backpacks and safety gear

Participating schools are challenged to create 30-to-45-second videos, using the same lyrics from the original “Wires Down” commercial. Video submissions will be accepted online until Nov. 18. Beginning in late November, schools will compete against each other during a two-week online public voting period. The winning schools will be announced in January 2014. For more information, including official rules, downloadable entry kits and helpful tips, visit

BGE has a long-standing commitment to ensuring public safety and supporting educational initiatives in our communities and the Wires Down Video Challenge does both. In addition to this contest, BGE provides schools and students with energy safety and other educational materials on electric and natural gas safety, including classroom lessons, teacher guides, experiments and games – all of which are available on the company’s e-Smart Kids website. BGE also provides free in-school electric safety demonstrations with BGE linemen and safety personnel. If you would like to have BGE come to your school to talk about electric safety, send an email

Customers are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 1.800.685.0123.  Customers are encouraged to share the following electrical safety information with their families:

·         Assume that all overhead wires are energized at lethal voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down, appears to be insulated or if power is out at nearby premises.

·         Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call BGE at 1.800.685.0123 to report fallen electric lines.

·         Keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities.

·         If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.

·         Likewise, avoid touching anything that may be coming into contact with an overhead wire like tree limbs or other debris.

·         If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call emergency services.

·         Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.

·         Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.

·         Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.

·         If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

·         Always use caution when working near electricity.

For more information on the Wires Down Video Challengeand electrical safety, visit