For Immediate Release
SALISBURY , Md. - Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program this month is donating 150 special needs smoke alarms, specifically aimed at the deaf or hearing impaired, to fire officials in three states to assist with fire safety programs. These smoke alarms emit a bright, white, strobe light and an audible alarm to alert individuals of the presence of smoke.
Fire officials in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will benefit from Delmarva Power's contribution. The donations will be distributed by the public safety organizations to help ensure the safety of adults and children who need these devices but may not be able to afford them.
"This is the fifth consecutive year that Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program has partnered with public safety agencies to help provide them with the resources they need to keep the public safe," said Vince Jacono, coordinator of the Delmarva Power Emergency Services Partnership Program. "These donations are another example of our commitment to helping reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries in our service territory."
"Working smoke alarms and a home escape plan are two key elements to ensure personal protection against the risk of fire," said William E. Barnard, Maryland State Fire Marshal. "This year we plan to use Delmarva Power's donation of smoke alarms to reach a unique portion of our population, those with hearing loss. These smoke alarms help give families the crucial time needed to safely escape a fire where they are most vulnerable -- in their homes."
"We're committed to fire safety education and proactively going into the community to perform fire inspections," said David See, Chief of the Salisbury Fire Department. "Salisbury and other Eastern Shore residents will benefit from Delmarva Power's commitment to safety programs like this."
Other organizations supporting this effort include the Salisbury Fire Department, the Maryland State Firemen's Association, the Fire and Burn Safety Coalition of Maryland, the Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission and the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.
Overall, Delmarva Power allocated approximately $12,000 to purchase smoke alarms for the hard of hearing. The donation includes 60 smoke alarms for distribution by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and Maryland State Firemen's Association, 80 to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office and 10 to the Delmarva Firemen's Association.
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 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .