For Immediate Release
Donation Includes Special Alarms for Hard of Hearing Residents
MAYS LANDING, N.J . - Atlantic City Electric's Emergency Services Partnership Program is donating 1290 smoke alarms through the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety to Fire Marshals in southern New Jersey.
The smoke alarm donations include 90 units that are designed to help protect special needs individuals, specifically those who are deaf or hard of hearing, from the dangers of smoke and fire. These smoke alarms emit a bright, white strobe light, in addition to an audible alarm, to alert individuals of the presence of smoke. The remaining 1200 are regular smoke alarms.
"The Atlantic City Electric's Emergency Services Partnership Program has been donating smoke alarms for the past eight years as part of our commitment to public safety," said Ken Parker, President of Atlantic City Electric Region. "This is also the third year that we have included these special needs units to address those more vulnerable during a fire."
Lawrence Petrillo, New Jersey State Fire Marshal, said: "Our communities truly benefit from resources that are available through public/private partnerships such as this. We appreciate all the programs that Atlantic City Electric supports that keep the residents and visitors of New Jersey safe."
"We appreciate and recognize the efforts by corporate partners, such as Atlantic City Electric, that support fire safety programs," said Paul Hartstein, Camden County Fire Marshal. "By working together, we have a greater chance of reducing fire and burn related injuries and deaths."
Harris Communications of Minnesota and Lowes Home Improvement Centers provided the donated alarms at a reduced cost. Since the year 2000, Atlantic City Electric has donated 13,300 regular smoke alarms and 380 special needs smoke alarms to fire safety officials in southern New Jersey.
Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in southern New Jersey.