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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Safety First Day of the Month - Test Your Smoke Alarm and CO Detector

Safety First Day of the Month - Test your Smoke Alarm

Today is May 1, 2012, and being as it is the first day of the month, it is time to perform the most basic function in ensuring you, your family and loved ones are protected by a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (co) detector.

On the first day of every month the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will remind you to test your smoke alarm and co detector to ensure they are working.  Tragedy struck the County in April and we, the Fire/EMS Department and you, need to do our part in keeping safety first.

Push the “test” button on the front cover of your wall/ceiling mounted smoke alarm or co detector.

An audible warning tone should be heard loud and clear throughout the area it is located.

• If your smoke alarm or co detector does not emit a sound when tested:

1. Provide a fresh battery to the device and re-test.

2. Still no audible warning?? Replace the device with a new one immediately.

When testing your smoke alarm, it’s a good time to gather your family and allow them to hear the audible warning signal. Let them know what to do in the event they hear the warning, discuss two ways out of every room and designate a safe meeting place outside in the event of a fire or other emergency.

If you have any questions about fire safety, escape planning, carbon monoxide detectors or smoke alarms contact our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) or complete the on-line request form by clicking here.

House Fire - Spokane Drive in Oxon Hill

Firefighters arrived in the 5800 block of Spokane Drive in Oxon Hill shortly after 10:00 this morning and advised of a working fire.  First arriving firefighters advised of a 2-story duplex with fire showing from the top floor.  Crews initiated an interior attack on the fire and search of the structure.  The fire in a 2nd floor bedroom was located and extinguished within 8 minutes of arrival and all searches proved negative.  A quick knock down of the fire prevented any fire extension to the attached home.

An investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire will be conducted.  Estimated fire loss is still being tabulated.  No injuries have been reported

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These two photos are courtesy of Paul Hawkins, Fire Service Advocate

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Fallen Heroes Memorial to Honor PGFD LODD of Thomas Graves

Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens will conduct their Fallen Heroes Day Memorial Service
 this week.  The memorial will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 1:00 P.M.

  This event is held annually to honor the men and women of Maryland's Public Safety Community who lost their lives in the line of duty.  The memorial event is open to the public and the keynote speaker will be John Harbaugh, Head Coach of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. 

One of the Fallen Heroes to be remembered and honored will be Prince George’s County Fire Fighter Thomas Graves.  He suffered a Line of Duty Death on April 16, 1980, when a natural gas explosion in a Glenn Dale apartment building leveled the front brick wall trapping Fire Fighter Graves under the debris.

Fire Fighter Graves will be represented by several of his family members and Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor.

Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens is located at 200 East Padonia Road in
Timonium, Maryland.