For Immediate Release
Emergency Services Program Continues to Support Public Safety
SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program today donated residential smoke alarms to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office for distribution throughout Maryland's Eastern Shore. The fire marshal's office received 600 smoke alarms which have a 10-year, long-life, sealed lithium battery. The company also donated 40 special needs smoke alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing. The special needs alarms emit a bright strobe light, as well as an extremely high volume audible alarm.
"Our Emergency Services Partnership Program is committed to supporting the men and women of volunteer and career fire service organizations," said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President. "These new sealed lithium battery alarms were recommended by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office as one way to help provide another level of protection for residential fire safety."
"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 new 10-year, sealed lithium battery alarms are one of the newest ways to know there may be a problem in your home that requires you to take action. By working with Delmarva Power, we are able to increase our resources and extend our reach into the community to those people who need the most help."
Additional organizations supporting this effort include: the Maryland State Firemen's Association, Fire and Burn Safety Coalition of Maryland, Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission and Maryland Fire Chief's Association.
Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse and Harris Communications of Minnesota provided these alarms to Delmarva Power at a reduced cost to help support this safety effort. Since 2000, Delmarva Power has donated 17,000 regular smoke alarms, 1,042 special needs smoke alarms and 1,650 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 more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and nearly 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .