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