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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

FIRE/EMS Department Safety and Healthy TNI Effort

Firefighter/Medics from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's Fourth Battalion will be going door-to-door to promote fire safety and injury prevention.  This effort will be conducted within the Langley Park community and is part of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI).  The TNI focuses on six specific communities, the overarching goal of the TNI is to achieve and maintain a thriving economy, great schools, safe neighborhoods and high quality healthcare by utilizing cross-governmental resources in target neighborhoods that have significant and unique needs.


Firefighters and paramedics will canvass communities armed with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (co) detectors as well as printed materials promoting fire safety and staying healthy.  Langley Park is the first TNI community to experience the Department's saturation of Safety and Healthy information.  The printed materials will be available in both English and Spanish.  If a home lacks a working smoke alarm or CO detectors firefighters will install one for the resident, at no charge.  Firefighters will also demonstrate how to test the alarm once-a-month on the first day of every month (Safety First Day of the Month), change batteries at least once-a-year and help occupants to plan and practice a home escape plan in the event of a fire in their house.


Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor said, "The Fire/EMS Department overall strategy is to be proactive in the target areas while maintaining and improving service delivery outside of these areas.  Our personnel will continue to canvass communities across the County to ensure everyone is afforded the protection of smoke alarms and CO detectors.  The Fire/EMS Department is excited to work with our County Executive and other agencies in working towards a common goal."


The Fire/EMS Department will visit every targeted community over the next 30 days in an effort to visit as many homes as possible.  Citizens need not live in a TNI or wait for a firefighter to visit your home to receive a free smoke alarm or CO detector.  All county citizens are encouraged to call our Safety First Smoke/CO Line at 301-864-SAFE (7233) and request one of these life-saving devices.  A firefighter will visit your home and install one for you, free of charge.  Additional Fire/EMS Department activities in TNI communities will include, but are limited to, hypertension screenings, community walks, Fire/EMS Station Open Houses and regular community visits.


Firefighter/Medics will meet at the Chillum-Adelphi Fire/EMS Station 834 on Riggs Road at 8:30 am, Wednesday, June 27, before arriving in the Langley Park community soon thereafter.





NWS - “enhanced threat for wildfires this afternoon and early evening…”


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

What a beautiful day!!!  Low humidity with a warm breeze and no rain, sounds like a great day, however, it’s the type of day that firefighters know could be busy with brush fires.  The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a statement describing today's weather also brings an “enhanced threat for wildfires this afternoon and early evening…”

Here is the NWS statement:

...ENHANCED THREAT FOR WILDFIRES THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY
EVENING...

NORTHWEST WINDS AROUND 15 MPH WILL FREQUENTLY GUST BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MPH DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. RELATIVE HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE TO AROUND 30 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON AND FUEL MOISTURE WILL REMAIN LOW DUE TO LITTLE RAINFALL OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS... LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND LOW FUEL MOISTURE WILL ENHANCE THE THREAT FOR THE
SPREAD OF WILDFIRES THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. WINDS ARE FORECAST TO DIMINISH BY SUNSET.

While everyone should practice good common sense fire safety habits at all times we ask that you pay particular attention when the NWS issues these weather statements. The civilian, career and volunteer members of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department ask you to follow these fire safety tips to avoid the possibility of accidentally igniting a fire outside.

• Dispose of smoking materials in an appropriate container and ensure they are completely extinguished. Do not discard these items into any open area as they may start a fire that will spread rapidly. Do not dispose of smoking materials out of your vehicle when traveling

• Business owners and property managers should have appropriate containers that include water in areas where smoking occurs outside so materials can be disposed of safely

• Do not burn brush or trash ever without appropriate approval

• Be extremely careful and pay full-time attention if you will use outside grills or cooking equipment during these times. If you cook outside, ensure you have some type of extinguishing agent nearby (water hose, bucket of sand, fire extinguisher, etc.). Never leave the grill unattended

• If you have fireplace ashes/old charcoal from your grill; you must put them into a sealed metal container placed on a concrete surface away from any structures. If possible - wait to clean your devices until this weather event is over

• Workers using power tools that generate sparks need to mindful that a fire could ignite from those sparks. Wet down brush areas before working

• Use common sense and practice sound fire safety habits

Citizens, visitors and business can help us by keeping safety first and if you see a fire, call 911 immediately.  The sooner we can respond and contain the fire the sooner we can extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading.