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PGFD Fire Prevention Events

Fire Prevention Week

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is,
 “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

This year Fire Prevention Week will be October 9th through the October 16th.

The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA’s) survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
Lets take a look at your smoke alarm.

First, remove your smoke alarm by twisting it off of it's base which is attached to your wall or ceiling. Examine your alarm and look for a manufacture date.  If your date is within 10 years, move on to the next step.  If you can not find a date and you believe your alarm is 10 years of age or older; time to replace your alarm with a new 10 year alarm.

Next, push the TEST button on the front cover of your smoke alarm.

An audible beeping noise SHOULD sound.  If it does, congratulations, your done until next month.
If it does not sound an audible alarm - replace the battery.  Push the TEST button again - still no alarm - remove the alarm and immediately replace with a new 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature smoke alarm.

If your alarm is about 10 years old or you don't remember if you ever replaced the alarm, do it today!!!  Smoke alarms work all day - every day and will wear down over their 10 year service life.

County Law requires a working smoke alarm in your home.  Over the next two years the law will continue to evolve to require a working 10-year smoke alarm on every level of your home, primarily outside of sleeping areas.

County Law currently requires a working CO detector on every level of your home, primarily, outside of sleeping areas.  This law includes all homes with a gas service (natural, propane, oil, etc), a fireplace or an attached garage.  This law also requires that all hotels, motels, dormitories and all apartments and condos have working CO alarms.

Have you ever noticed that it is sometimes a challenge to reach your alarms installed on your ceiling or high on the wall.  Perhaps you use a step-ladder or stand tall on your toes to reach the test button.  Think about your senior citizen neighbors and relatives that may have difficulty even reaching a light switch.  Test their alarms for them every month, change their batteries at least once-a-year and contact 311 for them if they need a new 10-year smoke alarm installed by firefighters, free of charge.
Don't wait for a firefighter to knock on your door.  If you need a working smoke alarm and can not afford to purchase one, call 311 and ask about the free smoke alarm program.

Several Fire/EMS Station in Prince George's County will hold Open House events around Fire Prevention Week.  Everyone is invited to attend one of these events to learn more about fire prevention and the life and death importance of working smoke alarms.

The Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Association, Inc.
11900 Glen Dale Boulevard
Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.
For additional information visit their website at www.GDVFD18.com

Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Inc.
4905 Branchville Road, College Park
Sunday, October 9, 2016 Times 11 am until 3 pm
For additional info visit their website at www.BVFCO11.com

Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Open House
St. Joseph Fire/EMS Station 806
2901 St. Joseph Drive, Springdale
Saturday, October 15, 2016 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
For additional information Email TACrisman@co.pg.md.us

Bowie Volunteer Fire Department
15454 Annapolis Road
Saturday, October 15, 2015 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
For additional information visit www.bowiefire.org

Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department
6200 Belcrest Road
Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
For additional Information visit their website at www.hvfd.com

Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department
6061 Central Avenue
Saturday, October 29, 2016 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
For additional information click here.

Check back often as we will update this information as new Open House dates are announced.

Updated Law Concerning Fire Pits and Related Devices in Effect

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

The popularity of fire pits and chimneas have created a need to update the Prince George’s County laws concerning the safe use of these devices.   Prince George's County Fire Safety Law (Subtitle 11) – Section 11-268 “Open, Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces” has been updated and is in effect.


Recreational fires must be attended at all times by a person 18 years of age or older who is in direct view of the fire until it is completely extinguished.  No fire should be left to smolder.

A water hose, fire extinguisher or other means to extinguish the fire must be available.

Only dry natural wood (firewood) can be burned in a recreational fire.  No yard waste materials.

Recreational fire will be prohibited during drought conditions, strong winds, or air pollution events (Code Red or Code Orange).

Thick smoke and visible smoke that steadily crosses property lines are prohibited.


Fires in these devices must be 30 feet away from any road, sidewalk or public way.

Fires must be 30 feet from any structure. 

Fires are not allowed on any balcony or deck.


Fixed or portable fireplaces or pits fueled by natural gas or propane are permitted at single-family dwellings and townhomes when used according to manufactures guidelines.  

Any such device used on a deck must be at least 10 feet from the house and the combustion area cannot make contact with combustible decking.

These laws are designed to keep you safe.  If found guilty of violating Section 11-268 the maximum penalty is up to $1,000 and/or 6 months in jail.

For additional information on the regulation of  open burning and recreational fires, please contact the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal at 301-583-1830.