Monday, December 31, 2007
MCFRS Virtual TV We are currently in the Beta phase of testing out a new idea in outreach to the community.
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Preparing A Home Fire Safety Plan
Fire Chief Tom Carr of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) ask that you please review the below guidelines for developing and practicing a home fire escape plan.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
With the cold weather, our furnaces will be working to keep our homes toasty warm. The use of improperly operating oil, natural gas and LPG forced air heating systems and appliances can result in Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Chief Tom Carr and the men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) offers some of the CO exposure warning signs and symptoms and what you can do to protect yourself and your family from this hidden danger.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This is through the You Tube web site and offers a unique and cost effect way (read no cost) for us to reach out to our community we serve. The beauty of course, is that you can access it when your time permits to see what it is we are doing. What a great tool to go along with our MCFRS Blog Talk Radio Show! It will also compliment our Life Safety Education Blog!
The goal is to have shows and news articles that may be of interest to our diverse community members. My feeling is more and more folks are seeking these types of communication and news tools. Articles, videos, news, and shows that they can view at a time and place that is convenient to them whether it be at home, the local Starbuck's, or work. TV's are now being set up to where you can view a cable channel or browse the internet and read, watch, or listen to whatever programming you want.
Heck, with some of the new cell phone technology, I can see soccer Moms and Dads watching or listening to our shows (via something like the iPhone) as they maybe have to stand by at little Johnny's soccer practice!
The possibilities are endless! My hope is that all of this information will empower and educate all people in our community and will lead to a "Culture of preparedness and safety!"
Thursday, December 6, 2007
This video is from the Turkey Fryer Fire Press event we hosted in Fairfax City, VA. It clearly demonstrates the dangers associated with using this type of cooking appliance. This was shot by Lt. Raul Castillo of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Safety News Flash!
The National Weather Service has issued a WIND Advisory for the entire National Capital Area, effective from now through 1AM Tuesday morning. Winds will consistently be 25-30 mph, with gust of 50 mph.
As we all know, with high winds come potential power outages. We in the fire department also know that this may mean good intentioned folks using candles to light their homes during the evening hours which sometimes can lead to a tragic fire in the home. It may also mean folks using generators - though not in the safest of ways.
To help avoid a potentially tragic event Chief Tom Carr, and the women and men of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, encourage you to review the potential life saving information below so that you and your loved ones can take appropriate steps in the event of a power outage.
During power outages:
* Flashlights and other lights generated by batteries are much safer light sources than candles.
* Try to avoid carrying a lit candle and never use it to look for things.
* Never use a candle for light when fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern. The flame may ignite the fumes.
*Remember: A candle is an open flame. It can easily ignite any combustible nearby!
*Always provide adequate ventilation when using wood stoves and fireplaces and ensure proper installation, adjustment and operation of all flame-burning appliances.
*Never use an oven or gas range to heat the house.
*Never run a generator, used to supply electricity to a home, inside the home to include garages! This can result in Carbon Monoxide fumes seeping into the home and poisoning, or killing, all in the home!
*Use generators OUTSIDE the home!
For further helpful related tips, please click below:
Candle Safety Tips
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
Friday, November 23, 2007
Today personnel from Fire Station #20 –A shift (Capt. Redding, FF’s Staub, Callahan) along with BFC Jim Resnick, (BC702-A) were invited to assist personnel from the Navy Medical Center Fire Department (Co#50) with serving early Thanksgiving Dinners to returning injured troops, their families, and staff of the Hospital .
National Naval Medical Command fire department personnel set up the event and started cooking the food at 0300hrs.that morning. NNMCFD held the event in the Hospital’s ICU which treats those personnel who have been wounded in combat and have returned to the United States. Many of these injured service personnel are far away from their homes and may or may not be with their families for the holiday.
The Firefighters from the Co#50 wanted to show their appreciation to those military personnel that have sacrificed so much for our country. The NNMC IAFF Local # F-121 along with local business donated food for the event. The Firefighters of Co#50 cooked all of it at the fire station.
45 lbs. of Ham
60 lbs. of Beef
42 lbs of Turkey
8 large industrial serving size bag of stuffing
8 large industrial serving size cans of corn and beans
Numerous cakes and pies
Along with soft drinks and water
Station #20 personnel gladly went over to NNMC and assisted the firefighters from Co#50 serving an early Thanksgiving meal to our injured service personnel..
Station #20-A would like to express our thanks to the Firefighters of the NNMC and to the members of IAFF Local # F-121 for doing such an outstanding job setting up the event and cooking all of the food, and for giving us the opportunity to say thanks to those who protect and defend our country.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are more likely on Thanksgiving than any other day. In 2005, cooking fires were involved in roughly 1,300 home structure fires on Thanksgiving – almost three times the daily average. Most of these fires start because cooking has been left unattended.
For more information, go here:
Cooking Safety Tips
NFPA urges attention to safety when preparing holiday meals
Related NFPA information
NFPA's fact sheet on cooking fires
NFPA's fact sheet on turkey fryers
Monday, November 19, 2007
LIVE show on Tuesday, November 20th 7:30 – 8:30 PM!
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Holiday Cooking & Kitchen Safety
Over the next month and a half, our diverse County will be celebrating a variety of religious observations and holidays. We all know that this means family and food which also means – lots of cooking going on in our homes! Cooking related fires are the number one cause of fires (year round) both here in Montgomery County and nationally! Please tune into this show and learn how to cook safely and prevent the tragedy of fire, and burns, from turning your happy holiday season into one of sadness.
Your hosts will be Assistant Chief Michael Prete and Bill Delaney, Program Manager for Community Life Safety Education.
Just click on the link MCFRS Blog Talk Radio Show
(or copy and paste: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mcfrs )
All you need is a computer connected to the Internet to listen!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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Friday, November 2, 2007
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
"Practice Your Escape Plan!" is the theme of Fire Prevention Week 2007. It's not enough to have a home fire escape plan (PDF, 634 KB). To escape safely, you've got to make sure that everyone in the home has practiced the plan.
According to an NFPA poll (PDF, 759 KB) , the majority of Americans have a fire escape plan, but most haven't practiced it. From October 7-13, fire safety advocates will be spreading the word that when it comes to escape plans, practice is key. Let's get started!
NEW! Online quiz tests your escape planning know-how.
NEW! Free games and classroom materials from Scholastic.
NEW! Evacuation planning for people with disabilities.