Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published July 08, 2011

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company to Test Fire Suppression System

Fire suppression system tests are part of the utility’s routine inspections and safety procedures

BALTIMORE, July 8, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that as part of its ongoing efforts to help ensure the safety of its customers, employees and operating facilities, the utility will perform a test of its dry chemical fire suppression system at its Spring Gardens campus in south Baltimore. The test is scheduled to take place the evening of Saturday, July 9, weather permitting. If necessary, the test will be rescheduled for a later date in July.

The testing will involve releasing a concentrated amount of potassium bicarbonate – a light purple powder – into the air, for one or more short periods of time, lasting up to a few minutes each. Potassium bicarbonate is harmless and has no adverse affect on human, animal or plant health. Additionally, it is not harmful to property. BGE personnel will be on-site to suppress the powder with water as it is released, however, small amounts of the powder could travel into the surrounding area.

“Testing the fire suppression system is consistent with BGE’s commitment to the safety of its employees and customers and part of our regular review of safety procedures,” said Rob Biagiotti, vice president of gas distribution operations and planning, BGE. “BGE has proactively notified residents and businesses in close proximity to the testing location as well as the City of Baltimore to ensure they are aware of our activities.”

Because the test will be conducted in the evening, it is very unlikely that the test will be noticeable to the general public. Customers should call customer service at 1-800-685-0123 if they have any questions or concerns.

BGE,, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Constellation Energy,, a FORTUNE 500 company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.