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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The PGFD Final Four

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department has their own version of the Final Four.  In a attempt to re-direct some attention from one of the most widely viewed sporting events on TV, Internet and radio today we felt we would share our version of the Final Four.

#1. 10-year Smoke Alarms. - Purchase, install one on every level of your home, primarily outside of sleeping areas and in bedrooms.  Test on the first day of each month.

#2.  10-Year Carbon Monoxide Detector - Purchase and install one for every level of your home primarily outside of sleeping areas.  Test on the first day of each month.

#3.  Plan an escape from your home in the event of a fire.  Identity two ways out of every room.  Practice your plan at least twice-a-year in conjunction with testing smoke and CO alarms.

#4.  Never leave cooking unattended. Never overload electrical outlets and extension cords.  Never leave candles burning unattended.  Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.  Keep grills and BBQ's at least 3 to 10 feet away from items that can burn (including your house).  House on fire - GET OUT and STAY OUT.

In Prince George's County, if you need a smoke alarm and can not afford one, you can call 311 and request one.  A firefighter will come to your home and install a working smoke alarm, free of charge. Many, if not all, Fire Departments in the National Capital Region have similar smoke alarm programs.

Mark E. Brady
PGFD PIO

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