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Delmarva Power and Maryland Fire Service Team Up for Safety

Delmarva Power Donates Two Types of Fire Alarms

SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program today donated more than 1,200 home safety alarms to fire safety officials for distribution throughout Maryland's Eastern Shore. Maryland fire safety officials received 1,200 regular smoke alarms and 56 special smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired. The special alarms emit a bright, white strobe light and audible alarm to alert individuals of the presence of smoke.

"For the past eight years Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program has worked 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. "During that time we have donated more than 8,700 smoke alarms to firefighting agencies in our service territory, demonstrating our commitment to promoting fire safety on the Delmarva Peninsula."

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

"Our department proactively conducts fire inspections and safety education programs for our community," said David See, Chief, Salisbury Fire Department. "October is Fire Safety Month, but the Salisbury Fire Department and other public safety agencies in Maryland encourage residents to practice fire safety activities all year long."

Here are some tips that can make your home safe:

· Install and maintain working smoke alarms

· Develop and practice home escape plans

· Consider the installation of a residential sprinkler system

· Keep lighters, matches and candles out of the reach of children

Additional organizations supporting this safety effort include the following: Maryland State Firemen's Association, Fire and Burn Safety Coalition of Maryland, Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission and Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.

Harris Communications of Minnesota and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse 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 again pleased to be assisting Delmarva Power and the residents of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland by providing these alarms at a reduced cost."

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to approximately 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .

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