GAHANNA Having a yard sale or community fundraiser this summer? AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is reminding residents about the dangers of posting signs to utility poles a practice that creates unsafe working conditions for its employees.

"Workers need to access poles to ensure the reliability of electric service. Signs that are placed on poles are a hazard for our employees and contractors," said Jim Goodnite, region manager of safety and health for AEP Ohio.

Objects used to hang signs -- such as staples, tacks and nails -- can obstruct climbing equipment, causing a worker to slip or fall. They can also tear the protective clothing that protects a worker from electricity. Even the tiniest pinhole in a glove is enough to cause a burn or other injury.

AEP Ohio is urging individuals not to post signs on utility poles for businesses, events or any other purpose. Not only is it dangerous, but in some areas it is illegal.

"There's no message worth endangering workers," Goodnite said.

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About AEP Ohio

AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP's headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.