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PECO PUTS ITS POWER BEHIND FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY

 PECO PUTS ITS POWER BEHIND FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric


Company (PECO) announced today it is backing a new Philadelphia Fire Department prevention and safety program aimed at saving lives.
 Operation Save A Child will officially begin Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the General George G. Meade School at 18th and Oxford streets in Philadelphia, at 10 a.m.
 Operation Save A Child is a fire detection program aimed at installing 200,000 smoke detectors throughout the city. At the Nov. 4 ceremony, PECO will become one of the first corporate contributors to the program.
 Gwendolyn S. King, PECO senior vice president of Corporate and Public Affairs, will present Fire Commissioner Harold B. Hairston with a $10,000 donation earmarked for smoke detectors. King says, "Operation Save A Child is a major undertaking that goes right to the heart of protecting the lives of our children and the citizens of the city of Philadelphia. I hope PECO's donation is only the beginning of many corporate contributions to this very worthwhile cause."
 Operation Save A Child is designed to reduce the number of fire related injuries and fatalities in the city. The program reaches out to children to determine if their homes are equipped with smoke detectors. In addition to distributing the smoke detectors, firefighters will actually install them to make sure they're working properly.
 According to the fire department, a child is the victim in more than 35 percent of all fire deaths in Philadelphia. Operation Save A Child is targeting school children in the city to make sure each child has one working smoke detector at home.
 The fire department hopes to raise $1 million for the ongoing program. Following the 10 a.m. kickoff, the fire department will begin installing the first smoke detectors in the neighborhood adjacent to Meade School.
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