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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Delmarva Power Boosts Fire Safety Programs

WILMINGTON , Del. – Delmarva Power’s Emergency Services Partnership Program is donating 70 smoke alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. These special alarms emit a bright, white strobe light and an audible alarm to alert individuals of the presence of smoke. In addition, Delmarva Power is donating 200 carbon monoxide alarms and Lowe’s Home Improvement is donating 92 carbon monoxide alarms to The City of Wilmington Department of Fire. This program provides fire safety officials with resources specifically designed for those families who cannot afford them.

“This is the eighth consecutive year that Delmarva Power’s Emergency Services Partnership Program has partnered with fire officials to help to keep the public safe,” said Glenn Moore, Vice President Delmarva Power. “These donations are just one part of our long-standing commitment to being a reliable neighbor for our customers and the community.”

“We appreciate the help of all our corporate partners that value safety,” said, Grover Ingle, Delaware State Fire Marshal. “But what will truly make this program successful is convincing every Delawarean to install and maintain working smoke alarms where they live. If we can encourage everyone to take this step, we can make a difference.”

“Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are part of the multi-level approach residents should take when it comes to fire safety,” said Willie Patrick, Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department. “Through 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 that need it most.”

Below are additional home fire safety tips:

  • Install and maintain working smoke alarms
  • Develop and practice home fire escape plans
  • Consider the installation of residential sprinkler systems
  • Keep lighters, matches and candles out of the reach of children

Harris Communications of Minnesota and Lowes Home Improvement Centers provided the donated alarms at a reduced cost. “Lowes has a strong commitment to being involved in our communities,” said Frank Antos of Lowe’s in the Brandywine Towne Center. “Our Lowes Heroes program allows us to donate the Carbon Monoxide alarms and provide them for purchase at a reduced cost to Delmarva Power to assist the City of Wilmington’s Fire Department.”

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