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Monday, November 4, 2013

PEPCO Continues Donation of Smoke Alarms

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Approximately 3000 people die in U.S. home fires each year, and winter is the peak time. Most fatal fires happen in homes with either no alarm or no working alarm. The main reason smoke alarms don’t work is due to dead or missing batteries. Knowing simple steps to fire safety can help save lives.

A new law requires that residents that are currently protected by a 9-volt battery powered smoke alarm must upgrade to a new 10-year tamper proof with hush feature alarm by January 2015.  These alarms will reduce the number of lives lost by ensuring homes typically not protected by a working smoke alarm due to no batteries or dead batteries will now be protected for up to 10 years.

PEPCO has been the major contributor over the past years of smoke alarms to the Fire/EMS Department.  Their generous donation allows us to install smoke alarms, free of charge, to residents.

PEPCO will present new smoke alarms to the Fire/EMS Department to distribute.

WHAT:            Smoke Alarm Donation

WHEN:            Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 2:00 pm

WHERE:          Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster Street, Landover Hills

WHO:             Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, PEPCO Emergency Services Partnership Director Pete Pedersen, Firefighters/Medics and employees of PEPCO

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