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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Transforming Neighborhoods Intiative - One Home at a Time

Residents in the Kentland-Palmer Park area may have firefighters knocking on their door tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19. The Kentland-Palmer Park Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) Team will be conducting door-to-door fire safety inspections within the community. This effort will be supported by recruit firefighters that are currently attending the Fire/EMS Department’s Training Academy.

All Fire/EMS resources and any other TNI/Agency representatives will meet at the intersection of Columbia Place and Flagstaff Street at 10:00 am.

Once everyone arrives, TNI team members will be paired with two recruits and/or Suppression/EMS representatives. Each team will then be given an area to conduct inspections.

The event will end promptly at 12:00 pm. Firefighters and other TNI members will walk the streets, armed only with smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire safety/injury prevention hand-out material. Teams will go door-to-door and visit as many homes as possible. Residents can have their smoke alarms checked to ensure they are working as well as helping residents with a home escape plan by identifying two ways out of every room and identifying a meeting place outside.

If a smoke alarm is found to be not working or missing, firefighters will install a new one, free of charge. If homes require a carbon monoxide detector, firefighters will install one of those as well, free of charge.

All homes in Prince George's County can have this same service provided. Please call our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233) and a firefighter will visit your home and install these life saving devices for you. free of charge.