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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

PGFD "Safety First Day of the Month" New Year Resolution Recommendations - 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Are you having difficulty in choosing your 2014 New Year Resolutions???  The career, volunteer and civilian men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) have a few ideas for you.  We recommend you adopt the TOP TEN Fire/EMS Department "Safety First" Resolutions for the New Year.  These are listed in no particular order, as they are all important.

I will install new 10-Year smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms that emit a loud warning when smoke or CO is detected.  Purchase and install new 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke and CO alarms. 

I will check my smoke and CO alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the front cover and listen for a warning signal.  No sound = no protection.  Not working?? Replace with new alarm.

I will check my smoke and CO alarms on the first of every month.  The number one is easy to remember and should remind you "Safety First" and "your family comes first."

I am aware that CO Alarms in my home become Law on July 1, 2014 and 10-Year Smoke Alarms Law goes into effect at the end of 2014.  Never worry about changing a battery again.  New 10-year alarms will save lives.  These are laws we can "live" with.

I will designate one family member to be responsible for testing smoke and CO alarms monthly.  Everyone in the family should be made aware of the responsible person and reminders should be encouraged.

I will replace my smoke and CO alarm if it is 10 years old and than every 10 years after.  Properly maintained alarms work hard to protect you and your family every second of every day.  The alarm wears out after time and is not as reliable as it was when you first installed it; replace it every ten years with new 10-Year Smoke and CO alarms.  Start out you New Year with a New 10-Year Alarm!!!

I will include my smoke and CO alarms when I perform household cleaning.  Use a vacuum wand or clean rag to remove any dust that may have accumulated.  Dust particles may affect the timely sounding of the alarm.

I will install working smoke and CO alarms on every level of my home.  Most importantly is to have one in hallways outside of sleeping areas.

I will install a working smoke alarm in bedrooms where my family members sleep with their bedroom doors closed.

I will know and ensure my family knows what to do when a smoke or CO alarm sounds – “get down, get low, get out.”  Have a family escape plan and practice it to ensure everyone knows two ways out of every room in the house and designate a meeting place outside when 911 can be called in safety.

A working smoke alarm provides you an early warning of a fire in your home.  Your chances of surviving a fire in your home is increased by 50% by having a working smoke alarm.   Having a family home escape planned and practiced increases your chances of survival even more.

A working smoke alarm allows home occupants to escape safely and make a quick notification to the fire department equating to an earlier arrival and mitigation of the fire before it is allowed to spread thereby saving property and helping firefighters to stay safe and go home after every call.

A working CO alarm is the only reliable method homeowners can detect the presence of the "silent killer" in your home. CO can make you seriously ill and even cause death if not detected quickly.

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department resolves to continue to provide the very best in Fire and Emergency Medical Services to our residents, business and visitors.  We vow that if you call and say you need a new smoke alarm that we will come to your house and install a working smoke alarm for you and your family; free of charge.  Call our Safety First line at 301-864-SAFE (7233).

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