For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C.--Pepco is working with the District of Columbia Fire Dept. and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) to remind area residents to put safety at the top of their holiday lists. One part of this is a new "Holiday Safety Checklist." (See below.) This effort is just one aspect of Pepco's Emergency Services Partnership Program (ESPP), which the company established to create closer working relationships between the utility and the police, fire and EMS departments across its electric service territory in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.
"We wanted a cooperative relationship to help us all do our jobs even better and help our customers live more safely," says Mike Maxwell, Pepco Holdings, Inc.'s Vice President, Emergency Preparedness. "One benefit is the knowledge and experience our ESPP partners bring to our community safety efforts."
"Folks spend a lot of time and money on gifts, lights and decorations," says Richard Flemming, Asst. Fire Chief and D.C. Fire Marshall. But Chief Flemming says he has seen a lot of holiday tragedy during his career. "Last year, we lost a family of four to a space-heater-caused fire just days before Christmas," he says. "The youngest was five years old."
Flemming advises, "spend more on top-quality extension cords and ensuring your home has all the safety equipment you need. This is also a great time for a family emergency drill."
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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 725,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.