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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Donates 1,200 Smoke Alarms to Fire Officials

In observance of Fire Prevention Month, 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.

"This is the 16th consecutive year that Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program has worked with Maryland public safety agencies to help provide them with the resources they need to keep the public safe," said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president. "These donations are another example of our commitment to being a reliable corporate citizen, dedicated 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 Brian S. Geraci, Maryland state fire marshal. "This year we plan to use Delmarva Power's donation of smoke alarms as part of our comprehensive fire and life safety program. Smoke alarms help give families the crucial time needed to safely escape a fire where they are most vulnerable - in their homes."

This year's safety theme is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep," since half of all fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Additional organizations supporting this effort include: 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 the alarms to Delmarva Power at a reduced cost to help support this safety effort. Since 2000, Delmarva Power has donated 21,850 regular smoke alarms, 1,042 special-needs smoke alarms for the hearing impaired, and 2,300 carbon monoxide alarms to fire safety officials in Maryland and Delaware.    

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