Tuesday, February 7, 2017
It is with heartfelt sadness that Fire Chief Scott Goldstein announces the sudden passing of Emilie Crown on Monday, February 6, 2017. For over 36 years Emilie has been a tireless advocate and champion for children’s safety, the architect of Montgomery County’s nationally acclaimed car seat program, instrumental at the legislative level to pass Maryland's Booster Seat Law and was considered one of the leading and foremost authorities on Child Passenger Safety across the Country.
A Memorial Service will take place on:
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Damascus Activities Building
10211 Lewis Drive
Damascus, Maryland 20872
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a memorial contribution to Montgomery County Safe Kids or Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service’s Car Seat program to honor Emilie and continue her legacy.
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue CPS Program
IMO Emilie Crown
100 Edison Park Drive, 2nd Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Thank you for your outpouring of kindness, prayers and condolences for the Crown Family.
Any questions can be directed to 240-777-2463.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Collaborative Approach is Changing the Future Landscape of Emergency Care - One Call at a Time
There has been a growing focus on reducing the number of frequent users of the 911 Emergency System as a means of decreasing healthcare costs and reducing the strain on EMS resources. Frequent, repeat use EMS users are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of medical, behavior and social challenges and account for a disproportionate number of non-urgent EMS calls and transports.
The Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) was invited to the National Academy of EMS Physicians Annual Conference to present a research abstract discussing the impacts of its collaborative partnership with the Montgomery County Health & Human Services, targeting high utilizers of the 911 system. The partnership focuses on reducing 911 calls from frequent users of the system by aligning and connecting them with the appropriate support and resources they need within the community. Dr. Roger Stone, the Medical Director for the MCFRS presented the research abstract on January 26, 2017 at the National Academy of EMS Physicians Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Authors of the research included Lt. Jamie Baltrotsky, Lt. Ashley Robinson, Dr. Roger Stone and Battalion Chief Alan Butsch.
The abstract poster, one out of over 200 research posters submitted, was awarded “Best Abstract Poster Presentation.” Dr. Stone accepted the award at an awards luncheon that was held after the presentations. MCFRS continues to find innovative ways to deliver the highest quality care to citizens and, while this program is still in the beginning stages, the data is yielding promising results.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
With below-freezing temperatures in the forecast, a few simple steps can keep you and your family safe and your home's pipes from freezing. Please review the below tips to help minimize the possibility or damage.
Please check on your elderly neighbors and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety and always having working smoke alarms in your home. Visit us at www.mcfrs.org/mcsafe for more safety tips.
Stay informed. Sign up for Alert Montgomery. For information, visit https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov/register.php
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
December through March are peak months for home fire deaths. While space heaters can be a quick way to heat up a chilly room, that warmth comes with a BIG warning label: Each year, space heaters are involved in 79% of fatal home heating fires. As temperatures drop, here are 10 things you need to know:
- Give the heater some space. Keep your space heater at least THREE feet away from
anything flammable. That means clothes and blankets, stacks of newspapers,
furniture, rugs and even walls. Allow at least three feet of open space on
each side of the unit.
- Never (ever) use an extension cord with a space heater.
To prevent a fire, never plug a
high-wattage space heater into an extension cord or multi-outlet strip.
- Opt for quality.
When shopping for a space heater, select a unit that has all the latest
safety features and the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label of approval.
Look for cool-to-the-touch housings and automatic shutoff features that
turn the unit off if it’s tipped over or overheating. Some units will
automatically shut off if their infrared sensors detect a person or object
that is too close to the heater panel—making them desirable choices for
households with kids or pets.
- Never leave a space heater “on” in an unoccupied room. Always turn off a space heater when you leave the
room and before going to bed. Throw on some extra blankets and unplug the unit as an extra precaution.
- Size matters.
Before purchasing a space heater, check the label to see if it is the
appropriate size for the area you want to heat.
sure your house can handle it.
Space heaters use a lot of electricity --- as much as fifteen 100-watt
light bulbs. This can be too much for older houses with old wires and
electrical circuits. When wires get overheated, fires can also start inside the
walls where they are hard to spot. If the circuit breaker trips, don’t plug it back in.
- Keep space heaters away from water. Like any electrical device, they pose a shock hazard.
To help prevent shocks, avoid using space heaters in rooms where spills
and moisture build-ups are likely such at bathrooms and kitchens.
- Safety first.
Check your heaters regularly – look for frayed wires and remove dust
accumulation on grates, grills, coils and other elements of the heater.
hot, hot. Some parts of the heater can
become really hot. Children, seniors and pets are especially vulnerable to
don’t rely totally on space heaters to heat your home. They’re designed to supplement a central heating strategy – not replace it. Make sure every room in which you plan to use a
space heater has a working smoke alarm and that your house has a carbon
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Extension cords are a convenient way to bring temporary power to electrical devices. Used without proper caution, they can become a fire hazard and pose a serious risk to your personal safety. Follow these tips to help keep your home safe:
Selecting extension cords
- Purchase only cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
- For outdoor projects, use only extension cords marked for outdoor use.
- Read the instructions (if available) for information about the cord’s correct use and the amount of power it draws when running.
- Select cords that are rated to handle the wattage of the devices with which they’ll be used. A cord’s gauge indicates its size: The smaller the number, the larger the wire and the more electrical current the cord can safely handle.
- Also consider the length you’ll need. Longer cords can’t handle as much current as shorter cords of the same gauge.
- Choose cords with polarized or three-prong plugs.
- For use with larger appliances, thick, round, low-gauge extension cords are best. For smaller appliances and electronics, you can use thin or flat cords.
Using extension cords
- Never remove an extension cord’s grounding pin in order to fit it into a two-prong outlet.
- Never use extension cords to power appliances. Plug appliances directly into wall outlets. .
- Never use indoor extension cords outdoors.
- Don’t plug multiple cords together.
- Don’t run extension cords under rugs or furniture.
- Never tape extension cords to floors or attach them to surfaces with staples or nails.
- Don’t bend or coil cords when they’re in use.
- Immediately stop using extension cords that feel hot to the touch or show signs of deterioration.
Caring for extension cords
- Always store cords indoors.
- Unplug extension cords when they’re not in use.
- Throw away damaged cords.
- Pull the plug—not the cord—when disconnecting from the outlet.
- Consider covering unused cord receptacles with childproof covers.
And remember that extension cords are intended as temporary wiring solutions. If you find you’re using them on a permanent basis, consider updating your home’s electrical system.