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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fire Prevention Week and Open House Activities

Firefighters throughout Prince George’s County are participating in Fire Prevention week. This year’s theme is: “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3-9, however, fire prevention is an everyday of the year activity for firefighters and we hope that our citizens and residents practice common sense fire safety habits as well.

This year's campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.

Here are some facts about smoke alarms from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

• Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.

• Most homes (96%) have at least one smoke alarm (according to a 2008 telephone survey.)

• Overall, three-quarters of all U.S. homes have at least one working smoke alarm.

• Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires.

• In 2003-2006, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

- No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths.

- In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

• In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.

• More than half of the smoke alarms found in reported fires and two-thirds of the alarms found in homes with fire deaths were powered by battery only.

• Most homes still have smoke alarms powered by battery only. In a 2007 American Housing Survey (AHS), 67% of the respondents who reported having smoke alarms said they were powered by battery only.

• In a 2008 telephone survey, only 12% knew that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

• In fires considered large enough to activate a smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated 91% of the time; battery-powered smoke alarms operated 75% of the time.

• Interconnected smoke alarms on all floors increase safety.

- In a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey of households with any fires, interconnected smoke alarms were more likely to operate and alert occupants to a fire. (This includes fires in which the fire department was not called.)

Fire/EMS Stations will be hosting OPEN HOUSES to help educate our citizens and residents about Fire Prevention. The following Stations are hosting events:

Branchville Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, 4905 Branchville Rd College Park 301-883-7711

• Saturday, October 9, 2010, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department at the National Harbor, National Children’s Museum

• Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad – 15454 Annapolis Road, 301-883-7739

• Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm

Glenn Dale Fire Association, 11900 Glenn Dale Blvd, 301-883-7718

• Sunday, October 10, 2010, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, 6200 Suitland Road, 301-883-7727

• Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bunker Hill Fire Department Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association, 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, 301-985-5406

• Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 125 Crescent Road, 301-883-7735

• Saturday, October 16, 2010, at Schrom Park off Hanover Road, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department – 4911 Prince George’s Avenue – 301-883-7731

• Sunday, October 17, 2010, 12 noon to 4:00 pm

Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, 6200 Belcrest Road, 301-883-7701

• Saturday, October 23, 2010, contact the station for additional details

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