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 NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Kemp, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Louis Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Lamar Alexander, former U.S. Secretary of Education, have joined with Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) to promote home safety education and practices in American communities.
 Citing the annual three million injuries, 20,000 deaths and $21.8 billion in health care costs associated with accidents in the home, Robert Strickland, Lowe's Chairman, welcomed the three government leaders, and announced their appointments to the Lowe's Home Safety Council.
 Strickland said, "Through the Council's programs to motivate, educate and empower people to practice better home safety habits, we can help decrease unnecessary accidents, and as a result reduce health care costs."
 To facilitate the Council's vision of "safer American homes," Lowe's has also established affiliations with consumer associations, medical professionals, rescue squads, firemen and law enforcement officials. Among the first to join the Council as Charter Members are The Consumer Federation of America, The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, the National Fire Protection Association, the American Federation of Police and the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
 "As importantly," Strickland adds, "we solicit inquiries from home safety product vendors, manufacturers' associations, and all other relevant organizations."
 The Council will provide a nexus for funds and human resources to be channeled into a variety of educational and charitable projects. These include developing home safety brochures, videos, leaflets and kits for distribution to consumers, local safety organizations and the media.
 In addition, the Council plans to create special "Home Safe Home" programs that can be taken into the nation's schools; a database for home safety research, and a myriad of innovative local community projects to make American homes safer.
 Lowe's commitment to the Council will not only be recognized by its pioneering of the concept, but also accentuated by making Lowe's 300 stores, already home improvement centers, into home safety centers where the public will find "encyclopedic answers to home safety questions."
 To facilitate the Lowe's Home Safety Council agenda, Mr. Strickland has invited members of the Home Improvement Industry to become "manufacturing partners-in-interest." He said that "their participation will be a natural extension of their involvement in American home life." He added, "As partners, you can help the Council realize the vision of safer, healthier homes where families know how to protect themselves from unnecessary danger, pain and distress."
 Initial steps for the Council are to raise funds among members of the Home Improvement Industry, to schedule a series of Council meetings, and to begin communicating information as to how people can have safer homes.
 "Knowledge is power," Strickland concluded, "and with leadership from our industry joining these government leaders whose experience is so germane to our mission, we can give the American consumer the power to live and work safely at home."
 Lowe's Companies, Inc., a specialty retailer of home improvement products with more than 300 stores in 20 states, has a tradition of philanthropy. In 1957, it founded The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation to make contributions to diverse charitable and educational activities. In 1981, Lowe's was a co-founder of the D-I-Y Research Institute, recognized as the authoritative research voice of the home improvement product industry.
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 /CONTACT: (Corporate contact) Cliff Oxford of Lowe's Companies, 919-651-4631/

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