In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
Ensure your home is equipped with working 10-year smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and test them on the 1st day of every month.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
Draw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Many of our Fire and EMS Stations located throughout Prince George’s County will be hosting Open House events over the month of October. We encourage everyone to stop by and meet your firefighters and take advantage of the opportunities to learn some life-saving tips.
For additional information on these events please click on the name of the Fire Station for their website.
October 14th – St. Joes Fire/EMS Station, 2901 St. Joseph Drive, Springdale
October 14th – Hyattsville VFD, 6200 Belcrest Road
October 21 – Capitol Heights VFD, 6061 Central Avenue