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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PGFD, Pepco and Metro Partner for Fire Safety

Contact: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Pepco’s Emergency Services Partnership Program (ESPP) will sponsor a specially wrapped Metro bus to promote the critical safety message that “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives." This is part of Pepco’s continuing effort to support the vital partnerships that exist with our first responders in Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. Pepco’s sponsorship of this initiative further demonstrates our corporate commitment to public safety. The mobile message comes at a time when firefighters are urging residents to check their alarms and remind them that when they change their clocks this coming weekend to Daylight Savings Time to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

The wrapped Metro buses resemble a red fire truck and display the logos of the public safety units charged with delivering the life saving smoke alarm message to the greater Washington Metropolitan area. PEPCO is also sponsoring wrapped METRO Buses in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County as well. “Over the next three years, these buses will travel throughout the Pepco service territory to be seen by thousands of our customers, local government officials and our first responders to publicize and promote the importance of having a working smoke alarm,” said Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and CEO of Pepco’s parent firm, Pepco Holdings, Inc

Mr. Rigby’s image is featured on the bus backs along with those of Chief Rubin, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Chief Richard R. Bowers and Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Chief Eugene A. Jones, who adds, “The men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department are proud to be partners with Pepco in promoting fire safety and injury prevention. This is a pubic safety partnership designed to save lives.”

“I want to give a special thanks to Metro for their contributing three busses to the cause,” concluded Mr. Rigby. “We could not have this unique message without the vehicle to deliver it across the region. Metro is performing a life-saving public service that is greatly appreciated.”

Any Prince George’s County citizen and resident can have a smoke alarm installed in their home, free of charge, by contacting our Livable Communities Smoke Alarm Hotline at 301-864-SAFE.

The men and women of your Fire/EMS Department remind you to:

 Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home. In Prince George’s County, the law requires that every home have at least one working smoke alarm.

 Test your smoke alarm monthly and change batteries at least once every year. Use the reminder that when you “Change your clock – Change your Battery.”

Fire Chief Jones stated, “Everyone should have working smoke alarms and a home escape plan in the event of an emergency. Having a working smoke alarm increases your chances of surviving a fire by 50%. Also consider the installation of a residential sprinkler system and carbon monoxide alarms to further protect your family and home.”

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