Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cool Your Ashes!

For a number of County residents today is Ash Wednesday and the observance marks the start of the Lenten season.
  
With frigid weather fast approaching for the rest of the week, and weekend, MCFRS would like to make sure all residents pay attention to another custom that involves ashes. The custom involves the building of fires in your fireplace or wood stove and the ashes that result from it.

Unfortunately, MCFRS has responded to several home fires this winter season due to improperly discarded fire place ashes. Many people do not realize that these ashes can actually remain hot enough to reignite and start a fire several days AFTER the fire is out!

Please, cool your fireplace ashes and take a moment to review the info graphic below to learn how to SAFELY dispose of them.

info graphic cool your ashes

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

From The Fire House To Your House - Keeping Our Seniors Safe

By: Master Firefighter Amy Dant

This past Friday, Firefighter Roger Marks and I were privileged to serve the senior citizens of our community by conducting safety inspections in their homes. Firefighter Marks and I focused on key areas of concern such as whether the home had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as well as looking to see if there were any fall hazards or areas in the home that posed a threat to their safety.

Topics such as fire safety, exit plans in the home and medical emergency preparedness were discussed with each resident to ensure that they were comfortable and able to implement those tools when and if it was necessary to do so. As a result of Friday's visits, almost half a dozen smoke alarms were installed in homes that needed them and those residents were given the tools to be confident and able to handle a situation if one arises.

Friday we were able to ensure the safety of several residents, and for us that's a huge win! Fire and injury prevention is the most important tool that we in MCFRS use to prevent tragedy. If you need assistance and would like a safety evaluation, please go on line to our Home Safety Evaluation page or, feel free to contact our community outreach section Senior Fire Safety hotline at 240-777-2430 to set one up.

Keeping Our Seniors Safe

Wipers On? Headlights On!

From our friends at the MD State Highway Administration: Remember to use low beams when wipers are on. See and be seen. It's the law.

wipers on? headlights on!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Three Things You Need To Do To Get Ready For Snow Storm

Three things you need to do to get ready 
for seasonal storms and emergencies:

1. Sign up for Alert Montgomery.
2. Keep these Phone Numbers handy.
Visit montgomerycountymd.gov/snow for more information.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It's Super Bowl Sunday - What's Your Game Plan?

It's Super Bowl Sunday! Going to a party? What's your game plan to get home?

A great reminder from our friends at the MD Department of Transportation.