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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Donates 1,200 Smoke Alarms to Fire Officials

SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program today donated 1,200 residential smoke alarms to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office for distribution throughout Maryland's Eastern Shore. The smoke alarms have 10-year, long-life, sealed lithium batteries.

"We are pleased to be able to donate these smoke alarms so that many area residents have the opportunity to install these life-saving devices," said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president. "This donation represents an annual commitment on the part of the members of our Emergency Services Partnership Program, which has worked to proactively strengthen relationships with public safety agencies for the last 14 years."

"It is extremely important for Marylanders to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes," said Brian S. Geraci, Maryland state fire marshal. "These life saving devices have been proven to help citizens avoid injury and even death when a fire breaks out in their homes. We are very appreciative of Delmarva Power's generosity in making this annual donation of smoke alarms."

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

Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse provided these alarms to Delmarva Power at a reduced cost to help support this safety effort. Since 2000, Delmarva Power has donated 20,150 regular smoke alarms, 1,042 special needs smoke alarms for the hearing impaired, and 2,050 carbon monoxide alarms to fire safety officials in Maryland and Delaware.

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