@PGFDPIO Twitter

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hazy, Hot and Humid ??? Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

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

Throughout the course of the summer there will be periods of unhealthy high temperatures and humidity. Drink plenty of water throughout the course of each day, wear light colored clothing and take frequents breaks in an air conditioned environment. If someone becomes is sweating profusely with a pale skin color and is ill with any or all of the following symptoms; cramps, light headiness, dizziness, shortness of breath and nausea; remove them to a shady or air conditioned area, provide them with water and cool wet compresses to help reduce their body temperature. These symptoms could indicate that the person is possibly suffering from heat exhaustion. If their condition does not improve within a matter of a couple minutes; call 911.



If a person is experiencing similar symptoms and goes unconscious, does not display signs of sweating and skin color is red; call 911 immediately as this person may be experiencing heat stroke; a life threatening condition. Relocate this person to a shady or air conditioned area, provide cold compresses and loosen clothing in order to reduce this person's body temperature. Do not provide any fluids to an unconscious person.  Hazy, hot and humid conditions are forecast for Prince George's County over the weekend.  Firefighters and Paramedics want you to stay safe and healthy.  Stay informed about weather conditions, Stay Ready and Stay Safe.  To help stay informed we have included the following information from the National Weather Service.  Remember to check on senior citizen neighbors and family members during periods of high heat and keep your pets indoors and provide them plenty of drinking water.



Air Quality for Metropolitan Washington


Friday, June 29
Code Orange: Pollution levels harmful to children and anyone with breathing or heart conditions

Extended Forecast
Saturday 6/30 Orange
Sunday 7/1 Orange

National Weather Service Forecast

Event: Heat Advisory


Alert: ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM EDT FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM
EDT FRIDAY. THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.


* HEAT INDEX VALUES...AROUND 105 DEGREES.

* TEMPERATURES...UPPER 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES.

* IMPACT...RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR OTHER HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS

FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-CONDITIONING OR THOSE SPENDING TIME
OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

Instructions: A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK IN ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY - CALL 9 1 1.






Approved Fireworks Locations for the Fourth of July

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

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.  To enjoy holiday festivities we ask that you attend one of the public and municipal fireworks displays that will occur throughout the County.  The following locations will conduct approved fireworks displays.  Please visit respective web sites for additional information.  Some of these venues may require an admission charge.

City of District Heights
Town of Morningside

The City of Laurel will hold a daylong Fourth of July celebration that will end with fireworks on July 7th.

All of these events have been granted a permit to conduct a fireworks event and will have the pyrotechnics inspected by a member of the City, County or State Office of the Fire Marshal.  The Inspector will remain on-site during the fireworks display.

Citizens, businesses and visitors should know that any consumer purchased fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County.  Penalties for violation of this law carries up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months in jail.  Enjoy Fourth of July safely and legally, attend a public or municipal display.

Fire/EMS Department Focus on TNI Community of Langley Park


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



On Wednesday, June 27, Firefighter/Medics from the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's Fourth Battalion went door-to-door in Langley Park to promote fire safety, injury prevention and the do's and dont's of 911.  This effort was conducted within the Langley Park community, 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.


This was the first of many door-to-door campaigns over the next 30 days where firefighters, paramedics and civilian personnel 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 lacked a working smoke alarm or CO detector firefighters either provided fresh batteries or installed a new alarm for the resident, at no charge.  Firefighters also demonstrated 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.

Firefighters were welcomed into many home with many positive citizen contacts made.  Each group had a Spanish speaking member with them which proved to be helpful in communicating with many of the residents.  Joining the Fire/EMS Department on this door-to-door effort was Prince George's County Council Member Will Campos, Loretta Tillery from the Office of the County Executive, Daisy Avelar from the Office of Community Relations and Kelly Marshall from Public Safety Communications/Office of Homeland Security.  Fire/EMS Stations conducting the pro-active effort included Chillum-Adelphi 834, Chillum 844, Hyattsville 801, and College Park 812 under the direction of Battalion Chief 804 Grady Valencis.



Firefighters and companions visited over 200 homes in the 4-hour effort.  Over 100 residents were home and allowed personnel into their homes to check smoke alarms and listen to the safety advice the group had to offer.  Just over 20 smoke alarms were found to be non-working and 12 homes were found with no smoke alarm at all.  These alarms were provided a fresh battery or replaced with a new alarm.  About 30 CO detectors were installed in homes that required one.  Over 60 homes were found to have a working smoke alarm and/or CO detector already installed and working.  For residents not home, several printed items were left at their door concerning fire safety, smoke/CO devices and 911.

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 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 not limited to, hypertension screenings, community walks, Fire/EMS Station Open Houses and regular community visits.














Bladensburg House Fire - Edmonston Road

Just after 9:00 am today firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 5000 block of Edmonston Road in Bladensburg.  Firefighters arrived to find a 1-story single family home with smoke coming from the rear of the house.  Firefighters immediately initiated a search for any occupants and advanced hose lines to extinguish the fire.

All the occupants had self evacuated prior to the fire departments arrival.  Firefighters found a small fire in the basement kitchen that was quickly extinguished.  Two occupants, a female, 60ish years of age, and a toddler had been exposed to some smoke and were transported by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is accidental and attributed to cooking.  Fire loss estimates are about $2,000 and there was no need to displace the residents as the home is fit for occupation.

Greenbelt Apartment Fire - Hanover Parkway


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

At about 8:15 am today firefighters were alerted to an apartment fire in Greenbelt. Fire/EMS units arrived at 7814 Hanover Parkway to find smoke coming from a top floor of a apartment 3-story garden style building.

Firefighters advanced hose lines into the building and initiated a search and evacuation of residents. A fire was located in the kitchen of an apartment and quickly extinguished by the first arriving firefighters. The damage was limited to the kitchen area with no extension.

Two children and their 15-year-old baby sitter were in the apartment of origin when cooking on the stove ignited nearby combustibles. The 15-year-old evacuated himself and his two younger female siblings to safety prior to the fire departments arrival. The siblings were exposed to some smoke and paramedics transported all 3 to a hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation.  They are in good condition.

The cause of the fire was unattended cooking and fire loss is estimated at $40,000. Only the apartment of origin is deemed unfit and apartment complex management will assist the displaced family.