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Monday, June 30, 2014

FOX 5 Coverage of New CO Law


Safety First Day of the Month - July

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

Today is Safety First Day of the Month of July.  It is the day designated for residents to test their smoke  and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working.  If they are not working, replace the battery or replace the entire alarm with a new 10 year, with hush feature alarm.  Changes in our laws will require these type of alarms so you should replace your alarm now.

Test your alarms - it may just be the difference between life and death.

Today, Prince George's County has a new law, one that is designed to save lives.  All 1 and 2 family homes are required to install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in their home if their home has:

A gas service for heating or cooking
A fireplace
An attached garage

A CO detector must be installed on every level of your home.  Detectors can be purchased at home improvement stores and other retail outlets.  Ensure the alarm you purchase is marked with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal.  This indicates your detector meets or exceeds testing standards.

The Fire/EMS Department strongly recommends you to purchase and install a combination smoke and CO 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature alarm.  This alarm will provide you and your family the maximum amount of protection available.

  • The Fire/EMS Department wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Fourth of July Holiday.  Remember that all consumer purchased fireworks are illegal.  Visit one of the many public and municipal displays.

  • Just this past week a working smoke alarm sounded and alerted home occupants of a fire.  the families in Beltsville and Oxon Hill all escaped safely!!!

  • The Department is not currently providing CO alarms to homeowners.  We continue to provide smoke alarms, installed in your home, free of charge.  Call 301-864-SAFE (7233).

  • Consider dining out at Ledos in College Park on July 17.  15% of your purchase will be donated to the PGFD SPCA Sparky Fire Fund.  This fund will allow us to take pets found injured in house fires to the vet and initiate treatment immediately.  This offer is good from 11 am until 10 pm.  You will need to bring a flier with you.  Click here for more information and a flier.

A Request From PGFD Chief - NFFF Stairclimb

I need your help.

As a result of the events on 9/11/2001, 343 firefighters and 67 police officers died in New York City. We are honoring those firefighters and police officers by climbing the 110 flights that many of them climbed, before the Twin Towers collapsed. For those that can't climb, there is also a 5K walk.  The event is open to anyone who is able to register, whether they are involved with the Fire/EMS Department or not.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has partnered with Prince George's Fire/EMS to sponsor this event Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor.
The first 343 registrants for the climb OR walk receive a complimentary challenge coin and buffet lunch at The Gaylord's Pienza Restaurant.
Fire/EMS Department representatives are:
- Overall, Battalion Chief Gary Krichbaum, GLKrichbaum@co.pg.md.us
- Fundraising, Assistant Fire Chief Alicia Francis, AAFrancis@co.pg.md.us
Many are already registered - including many citizens. We need more firefighters, EMT's, and/or paramedics (paid or volunteer) as well as police officers and other public safety representatives to register.
The website to register and pay the $30 entry fee is:
You can search all approved NFFF stair-climbs at the following address:
Please help and register ASAP
Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
9201 Basil Court, Suite 452
Landover, MD 20774

New CO Detection Law Goes into Effect Tuesday, July 1

Approved Fireworks Displays in Prince George's County

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

Below is a list of approved fireworks displays.  These events have been approved through the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, State of Maryland or municipality hosting the event.  The men and women of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department want to remind you that all consumer purchased fireworks are illegal in the County.  We strongly encourage you to attend one of these displays.  

The Fire/EMS Department wishes everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July!!!

Unless otherwise noted, all events are on July 4th.

Trinity Assembly of God – JULY 3
7800 Good Luck Road, Lanham - Fireworks approximately 9:00 pm/dark

Parking Lot #1 Concessions at 5 – Entertainment at 7:00 – Fireworks approximately 9:00 pm/dark

City of Greenbelt
Buddy Attic Park – Fireworks at approximately 9:30/dark

City of District Heights
2000 Marbury Drive - Fireworks approximately 9:00 pm/dark

City of Bowie
Prince George’s Stadium (BAYSOX)  - Fireworks approximately 9:00 pm/dark

Town of Morningside
6901 Ames Street - Fireworks approximately 9:30 pm/dark

Six Flags America – July 4,5 and 6
13710 Central Avenue, Bowie - (Admission required into park)

Granville Gude Park. Laurel Lake – Fireworks start at approximately 9:15 pm