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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Delmarva Power Supports Fire Safety Programs

SALISBURY , Md. – Delmarva Power’s Emergency Services Partnership Program is donating 1,300 home safety alarms this year to fire safety officials in Maryland, Delaware and the City of Wilmington. Maryland fire safety officials will receive 500 regular smoke alarms and 70 special smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired. The special alarms emit a bright, white strobe light and an audible alarm to alert individuals of the presence of smoke.

“This is the seventh consecutive year that Delmarva Power’s Emergency Services Partnership Program has joined with public safety agencies to help provide them with the resources they need to keep the public safe,” said John Allen, Vice President, Delmarva Power. “These donations are another example of our commitment to being a reliable neighbor for our customers as we try to help reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries throughout our service territory.”

“The Office of the State Fire Marshal encourages residents to enlist multi-levels of protection against possible injury and death from fire and smoke. These alarms are one of the best ways to know there may be a problem in your home that requires you to take action,” said William E. Barnard, Maryland State Fire Marshal. “By working with Delmarva Power and other corporate partners we are able to increase our resources and extend our reach into the community to help those who need it most.”

“Our department proactively conducts fire inspections and conducts fire safety education programs for our community,” said David See, Chief of the Salisbury Fire Department. “Although October is Fire Safety Month, the Salisbury Fire Department, along with other public safety agencies in Maryland, encourages residents to practice fire safety activities all year long.”

Tips that help make your home fire safe include:

  • Installing and maintaining working smoke alarms
  • Developing and practicing home escape plans
  • Installing residential sprinkler systems
  • Keeping lighters, matches and candles out of the reach of children

Additional organizations supporting this event include the Salisbury Fire Department, Maryland State Firemen’s Association, Fire and Burn Safety Coalition of Maryland, Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission and the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.

Harris Communications of Minnesota and Lowes Home Improvement Centers provided the donated alarms at a reduced cost. “Since 1982 we’ve been a leader in providing products and services to deaf and hard of hearing people,” said Bill Williams, National Sales Manager for Harris Communications. “We’re pleased to be assisting Delmarva Power and the residents of Delaware and Maryland by providing these alarms at a reduced cost.”

For more information on these and other types of products go to www.harriscomm.com or www.lowes.com.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and over