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Delmarva Power Promotes Fire Safety

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Donations Include Special Needs Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

NEWPORT, Del. – Delmarva Power’s Emergency Services Partnership Program today donated 70 special needs smoke alarms to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office and 250 carbon monoxide alarms to the City of Wilmington Fire Department.

These special needs smoke alarms emit a bright, white strobe light, in addition to an extremely high volume and intense audible alarm, to alert deaf or hard of hearing individuals to the presence of smoke. These donations provide fire safety officials with resources aimed at helping those families who cannot afford them.

“This is the ninth consecutive year that Delmarva Power’s Emergency Services Partnership Program has joined with local fire officials to help keep the public safe,” said Glenn Moore, Vice President, Delmarva Power Region. “This program underscores our continued commitment to public safety and working with our emergency services partners.”

“Our corporate partners are a vital asset to our mission to protect the public,” said Grover Ingle, Delaware State Fire Marshal. “What’s equally important is the commitment by every Delawarean to install and maintain working smoke alarms where they live.”

“Residents should consider the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as part of a multi-level approach when it comes to fire safety,” said Willie Patrick, Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department. “By working with Delmarva Power and other corporate partners, we are able to increase our resources and extend our reach into the community.”

The Lowes Home Improvement Center in the Brandywine Towne Center and Harris Communications in Minnesota supplied these smoke alarms at a reduced cost to help support this effort.

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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 and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .