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Monday, October 27, 2014

Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery is November 2

MEDIA ADVISORY - Hundreds of Smoke Alarms and Thousands of Batteries Donated to PGFD

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department will once again gladly accept hundreds of smoke alarms from PEPCO and their Emergency Services Partnership Program (ESPP).  The donation of these 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke alarms could not come at a better time.  The annual Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery Campaign occurs this weekend (November 2).

Firefighters throughout the County will be visiting home ensuring there are working smoke alarms in every home.  Often during these community outreach events, a home is found with a smoke alarm that is 10 year old or is non-working or simply does not have an alarm at all.  We replace these worn out or missing alarms with a new 10-year smoke alarm, installed by firefighters, free of charge.  The new 10-year alarm equates to never having to change a battery again although you still need to test the alarm on the first day of every month.

Energizer Battery provided the Fire/EMS Department with 5000 new  batteries to be distributed to rejuvenate your smoke and CO alarms and ensure they are working during the cold winter months.  It is no secret there are more fires during the winter and it is vital you have working smoke alarms.

We invite the members of the media and general public join us during a press conference as we accept the smoke alarms and batteries.

WHAT:            PRESS CONFERENCE – Smoke Alarm Donation by PEPCO

WHEN:           Thursday, October 30, 11:00 am

WHERE:         Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills

WHO:             Pete Pedersen of PEPCO ESPP, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor as well as other Firefighter/Medics