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Date                     November 12, 2018
For Release         Upon Receipt                                                                            
Contact                Niki Campbell                                                
Telephone           412.430.3404                                                    

                                                        Duquesne Light Company Employees Help Keep Families Safe with Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” Event
                                                                                                 Volunteers Installed 157 Smoke Alarms in 76 homes

PITTSBURGH – Twice a year, Americans change their clocks to coincide with Daylight Saving Time and are reminded to check their home smoke alarms at the same time. To reinforce this important safety check, Duquesne Light Company (DLC) recently joined forces with The American Red Cross and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania for a Day of Action with more than 60 employee volunteers. 

The effort was part of an American Red Cross Sound the Alarm event which seeks to provide residents with the tools they need to reduce the risk of fire and, should one occur, the knowledge and strategies needed to safely evacuate. DLC volunteers went door-to-door in McKees Rocks to install free smoke alarms and provide important fire safety information to residents. 

“Safety is ingrained in our culture at Duquesne Light so we were happy to partner with the Red Cross and the United Way for our annual Day of Action,” Jessica Rock, Vice President of Communications and Corporate Citizenship for DLC commented. “We know that home fires increase in the winter months and the Sound the Alarm event allowed us the opportunity to help reduce that risk for customers within our service territory.”

According to the Red Cross, having working smoke alarms can increase a person’s chances of making it to safety by over 50%, yet so many homes either have no alarms, or have alarms that are so old that they are no longer capable of detecting smoke. 

Duquesne Light encourages all customers in its service territory to take a few minutes to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly and to visit the DLC safety page to learn more about precautions they can take to make their home a safer place.

About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light Company’s nearly 1,500 employees are dedicated to delivering reliable and safe energy to more than a half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.