Friday, March 07, 2014 6:13 PM
Published on: Monday, November 18, 2013
By Jim Davis, Special to The Sentinel
PEPCO Donates Fire Alarms to Prince George's County
During a news conference held at Prince George 's County Fire Administration building in Landover Hills, PEPCO presented Prince George 's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor with 500 new, 10-year tamper-proof alarms including some for the hearing impaired.
A law was recently passed that requires all homes in Maryland to upgrade to a new 10-year smoke alarm. According to officials, these new alarms will start to save lives immediately. Currently, there is a 40% failure rate of smoke alarms in homes. The new alarms will reduce the number of lives lost each year and could save an estimated one-thousand more lives than traditional alarms.
Nearly 3000 people die in home fires every year. Nearly 1/3 of all fire fatalities can be prevented with the addition of a 10-year smoke alarm in homes. The new law also requires at least one alarm on every level of your home, as well as the installation of alarms in sleeping areas.
Last year, the Prince George 's County Fire Department provided over 1,000 smoke alarms to residents of the county said Mark Brady, a spokesperson for the county fire department.
Bashoor gave kudos to PEPCO " PEPCO has been the major contributor over the past years of smoke alarms to the Fire/EMS Department," he said. "Their generous donation allows us to install smoke alarms, free of charge, to residents."
Pete Pedersen, speaking on behalf of PEPCO stated, "PEPCO truly appreciates the dedication of the men and women of the Prince George 's County Fire/EMS Department and hopes that our annual donation in some small way contributes to the life-saving work they do every day for the residents of Prince George 's County." He further stated, "This donation is a great way to support an initiative that is so important to our customers and communities, as well as strengthen the partnerships that exist with our first responders."
If any resident of Prince George 's County is in need of a smoke alarm they can call the Safety First Smoke Alarm Program at 301-864-SAFE (7233). A firefighter will contact you and set up a convenient time to bring a new smoke alarm and install one in your home; free of charge.
The Fire/EMS Department has a limited supply of alarms and can only install one in your home. The homeowner will be personally responsible for installing additional alarms to meet the requirements of the new law.