For Immediate Release
Utility Donates Special Needs Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
WILMINGTON , Del. - Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program donated much needed smoke alarms to the Delaware State Fire Marshal Office and carbon monoxide detectors to the City of Wilmington Fire Department.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office received 60 special needs smoke alarms, designed to assist people who are visually impaired and hard of hearing. The City of Wilmington Fire Department received 200 carbon monoxide alarms, for residents who may not be able to afford them.
"For the past 11 years Delmarva Power has made a significant commitment to volunteer and career fire service officials and other public safety agencies throughout this area," said Glenn Moore, Vice President of the Delmarva Power Region. "Our programs have provided resources, both financial and intellectual, that have supported the ongoing cooperation between our company and public safety officials throughout the fire service, law enforcement and emergency management."
"Residents should take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of themselves and their families to help prevent injury or even death as a result of fires or carbon monoxide poisoning," said Willie Patrick, Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department. "I'm urging all residents to install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes."
"In today's economic climate, we value the relationships with our corporate partners," said Grover Ingle, Delaware State Fire Marshal. "This program will help benefit those residents who need help the most."
The Lowe's 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. Since the year 2000, Delmarva Power has donated 16,400 regular smoke alarms, 882 special needs smoke alarms, and 1450 carbon monoxide alarms to fire safety officials in Delaware and Maryland.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .