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Thursday, May 27, 2010
If you haven’t used your grill in a while, give it a good spring cleaning. Scour the grate with a wire brush. Save future cleaning time by using a nonstick cooking spray to prevent food from sticking to the grill.
Before using your grill for the first time this season, go online to check whether your grill has been recalled due to any dangerous defects.
Position the grill in a well-ventilated, flat and level surface away from your house, overhangs, deck railings, tree branches, shrubbery and anything that can burn. Never use a grill indoors.
Never leave a grill unattended – even for a minute – and supervise children and pets around the grill: declare three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grilling area.
Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled-up sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle over the grill and catch fire.
For Gas Grills:
Before grilling, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for checking the connection to the cylinder. An easy way to do this is to tighten the connection, turn on the cylinder and then apply a soapy water solution around the connection. If bubbles appear, the connection is leaking. Turn the cylinder off, reconnect the cylinder and check again.
Check grill hoses for cracking, corrosion, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
If repairs are needed, do not attempt to do them yourself. Enlist a professional.
Always keep propane gas containers upright.
Always open the lid of a grill before igniting it.
Regularly remove grease and fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
If you smell gas, turn the grill off immediately and do not use it until it is repaired.
Do not store tanks or other flammable materials near a grill, indoors or in a heated area such as a vehicle trunk. Propane tanks need to be stored in well-ventilated areas.
For Charcoal Grills:
Use the proper starter fluid and store the can out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Since the program started we have found that we are actually going into roughly 20% of the homes whose doors we knock on. Of that, roughly 50% of those homes do not have a working smoke alarm! The good news is that they will before we leave!
Why is it important to have working smoke alarms in your home? About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and they can reduce your risk of dying form a fire in your home by almost half!
Here are some updated numbers from our door to door campaign through the end of April:
Homes Visited: 35,193
Smoke Alarms Installed: 1,075
Batteries Installed: 1,233
So there are several thousand homes in Montgomery County that are now a little bit safer as a result of our program! Do not wait for us to stop by your home. Take a moment now to “Put A Finger On It” and test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working!
Program Manager, Community Safety Education
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thanks to all of the men and women, career and volunteer, of MCFRS who provide outstanding medical care to those we serve each and every day!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A smoke alarm’s lifespan is 10 years, which means any smoke alarm installed before May 2000 is too old and needs to be replaced. The smoke alarm is no longer reliable. Part of smoke alarm maintenance includes knowing when to replace the unit. The few minutes it takes to replace a smoke alarm can save the lives of roommates, family members, neighbors and firefighters.
More than 3,000 people die in home fires each year, and the majority of them have no working smoke alarms. To prevent these deaths, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) is sponsoring the nationwide Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign, which emphasizes that “Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”
The USFA offers a few helpful tips on smoke alarms:
- Every residence, and place where people sleep, should be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
- Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
- Interconnected smoke alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as instructed by the manufacturer. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your clocks as a reminder.
- Write the installation date on the inside cover of the smoke alarm for future reference.
For more smoke alarm information, including powerful radio and video public service announcements go to www.usfa.dhs.gov/campaigns/smokealarms.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Assistant Chief Scott Graham appeared recently on County Cable’s “What’s Brewin” program to provide insight into Fire and Rescue’s Operations during the big snow storms just a few short months ago.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Public Safety Training Academy
9710 Great Seneca Highway
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - - Arson Awareness Week is sponsored annually by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to focus public attention on a preventable crime with real victims in every segment of society. The theme for this year’s event, May 2 – 8, is “Community Arson Prevention” in an effort to provide communities with tools and strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods, businesses, schools and places of worship and get more people involved in arson prevention.
Read on: Arson Awareness Week and News Briefing
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Arson is a crime! Did you know that an estimated average of 316,600 intentional fires are reported to fire departments in the US each year causing injuries to 7,825 firefighters and civilians?*
As always, please be safe out there!
MCFRS Community Life Safety Education
* According to the USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
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