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Historic Hotel Demonstrates Commitment to Fire, Health and Life Safety

WILMINGTON, DEL - (May 1, 2002) - SafePlace Corporation, an independent provider of safety accreditation of lodging, commercial, healthcare and educational facilities, today announced the launch of the SafePlace® Accreditation program with the accreditation of its first lodging property, the historic Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.

The award marks the first successful completion of SafePlace Corporation’s independent assessment of hotel facilities and operations. Included in the assessment were fire, health and life safety features that impact guests, visitors and employees at the Hotel du Pont.

“Recognizing the value the traveling public places on safety, we are honored to be the first SafePlace Accredited lodging facility,” said William Sullivan, general manager, Hotel du Pont. “Commitment to safety, health and the environment is a DuPont Corporation core value, and we are pleased to extend its significance to benefit those many thousands of individuals who choose to work at or stay at the Hotel du Pont each year.”

SafePlace Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that have demonstrated measurable compliance with the requirements of the firm’s accreditation program.

SafePlace Accreditation requirements encompass a wide variety of codes, standards and recommended practices for fire, health and life safety. Its requirements include, but are not limited to, fire protection measures such as alarm and sprinkler systems; security measures such as electronic guest room locking and the use of video surveillance; and health and life safety measures with regard to housekeeping, water/air quality and food handling and storage. Accreditation requirements also include vigilant employee analysis and education protocols including background and drug testing as well as emergency management training.

“ As a long-time Wilmington resident, I am especially delighted that the hotel sought and achieved the first SafePlace Accreditation among lodging facilities,” said John C. Fannin III, President & CEO, SafePlace Corporation. “It is important that properties like the Hotel du Pont are recognized for the emphasis that they place on safety. Through third-party accreditation, SafePlace strives not only to provide the public with a means to measure the relative safety of one facility over another, but gives lodging facilities the opportunity to promote their superior safety to the general public.”

About SafePlace Corporation
SafePlace Corporation is the independent provider of safety accreditation of lodging, health care, educational, assisted living communities, commercial buildings and other occupancies where the safety of people is a concern. The requirements of SafePlace® Accreditation are primarily based upon the fire protection, security, health and life safety provisions of selected nationally recognized codes, standards and recommended practices. SafePlace® Accreditation provides the public with an independent source of information regarding the relative safety of one building or facility over others. SafePlace® Accreditation provides the owners of accredited facilities with opportunities to promote the superior safety of their facility to the general public. For more information about SafePlace Corporation visit www.safeplace.com .

About Hotel du Pont
The 89-year old Hotel du Pont, the premier business and corporate meeting establishment in Delaware, is a landmark property and widely considered one of the finest examples of European craftsmanship in North America. The 217-room, Hotel du Pont is located in the heart of historic Wilmington, Delaware and is a winner of both the American Automobile Association Four Diamond Award and the Mobil Four Star Award. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Historic Hotels of America. For more information about the Hotel du Pont visit www.hoteldupont.com.


* SAFEPLACE® and the SAFEPLACE® ACCREDITED design are registered certification marks owned by SafePlace Corporation and identify accredited occupancies which comply with SafePlace Corporation's fire protection, security, health and life safety criteria.

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