As area shopping malls prepare for the holiday season, PECO is prepared to meet demand for electricity and to keep the holidays warm and bright. PECO has completed the inspection of more than 200 miles of aerial line and 20 circuits that provide electric service to regional shopping malls. In addition, PECO continues to upgrade, replace and repair electrical equipment and has completed numerous jobs to ensure reliable service for all customers. This work is part of the company’s ongoing preventative maintenance and electric service efforts to help keep the lights on for area customers and businesses. The inspections include visual examination of PECO’s aerial electric system to look for potential issues such as damaged equipment and sagging lines. Infrared cameras also are used to identify potential future issues before they occur by recording temperature variations within a piece of equipment while it is in operation. The shopping mall circuit inspections were performed in September and October and are part of PECO’s annual circuit patrol program. This program also includes the inspection of 1,885 circuits and more than 10,000 miles of aerial lines throughout the service territory. More than 90 percent of the corrective maintenance actions identified during the 2013 inspections have already been completed. In addition, PECO has begun to plan and prepare for the 2014 circuit patrol program. “Preventative maintenance programs help us identify and address potential issues before they impact our customers,” said John McDonald, vice president of Technical Services, PECO. “Each year, we invest millions of dollars to continuously monitor, inspect, repair and replace equipment, which is crucial to ensuring safe and reliable electric service for our customers.” These inspections are part of PECO’s overall preventative maintenance program, which includes regular inspection of equipment on the company’s natural gas and electric systems, including manholes, underground cables, transformers, substations and other electrical equipment.