For Immediate Release
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
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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