Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Below, please find some important tips to help prevent this all too common cause of fire!
* Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Three in every 10 reported home fires start in the kitchen - more than any other place in the home.
* Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (i.e. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).
*Keep children and pets away from cooking areas by creating a three-foot (one-meter) "kid/pet-free zone" around the stove.
* Turn pot handles inward so they can't be bumped and children can't grab them.
* Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup which can ignite.
* Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
* Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.
* Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. You may also use baking soda. Turn off the burner. Don't remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.
* If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
* Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen. Close supervision is essential, whether children are helping an adult cook or simply watching.
* If there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave - If safe to do so. Call 9-1-1 from a safe location. Remember that food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lids or other coverings carefully to prevent steam burns.
* Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house. Make sure all other appliances are turned off.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
PIKESVILLE, MD (July 23, 2014) – Today, the State Fire Marshal announces the appointment of our new Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal. Michael D. Hanson has been appointed to the position of Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal. He replaces Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Joseph Flanagan, whoafter nearly eight years of outstanding leadership took the open supervisory position in the Lower Eastern Shore Region.
The role of Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal is a Field Operations Division management function involving the supervision and coordination of the agencies law enforcement activities in the field of fire prevention, fire safety inspections, fire investigations and explosives control. Chief Deputy Hanson is responsible for supervising five regions, the bomb squad and the accelerants/explosives detection canine unit. He serves as second in command to the State Fire Marshal and oversees various administrative programs for the agency.
Hanson has been in the fire service for over 35 years. He is a 30 year veteran of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department. He retired in July of 2014 serving as a Battalion Chief for the last 4½ years of his service. Hanson worked in numerous fire stations throughout the county as a Lieutenant and Captain and also served with the counties Hazardous Materials Response Team, USAR Team and as an Instructor at the Public Safety Training Academy. Hanson graduated number one in his Firefighter 1 class in 1984.
In 2003, Hanson was chosen to transfer to the Fire and Explosion Investigation Section. He graduated from Session 43 of the Montgomery County Police Academy and graduated with honors receiving the James Daley Award, an award for the candidate who has demonstrated the greatest individual efforts and standards of excellence. Hanson has been investigating fires and explosions for over 12 years. He is a certified fire investigator with the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, and was a member of International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.Hanson graduated from the FBI Hazardous Devices School in 2005 as a certified bomb technician. He has attended numerous training sessions taught by the FBI, BATF, NFPA and the IAAI. He has also attended numerous national and local conferences on determining the origin and cause of fires and explosions.
As a fire investigator in Montgomery County Hanson worked on several high profile and complex arson cases working with various federal and local law enforcement agencies which concluded with arrests and convictions. As a bomb technician, Hanson responded to numerous explosive investigations in Montgomery County, including being part of the bomb squad component that operated at the Discovery Channel Building Hostage event in Silver Spring in 2010.
Hanson graduated from Beall High School in 1975 and received an Associate of Arts Degree from Allegany Community College. He graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science with a certificate in Systems Approach to Fire Safety. Hanson also has worked as a private fire investigator for Fire and Arson Investigations Consultants Inc. in Pasadena, Maryland for 5 ½ years investigating fires and explosions for the insurance industry. Hanson remains an active and life member of the Frostburg Fire Department with 35 years of experience. He is also a field instructor with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute with more than 18 years of teaching fire service members.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal welcomes Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Michael D. Hanson to his new position with the agency and looks forward to the continued success with our efforts to protect the citizens of Maryland from the effects of fire and explosives.
Michael D. Hanson
- www.nhtsa.gov features latest research, occupant protection laws in other states.
- http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm has latest recall list.
- http://www.usa.safekids.org/tier2_rl.cfm?folder_id=1400 To find a car seat inspection station in another area.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
|Photo Provided By Captain Marc Worton|
Monday, July 21, 2014
Infant & Child Car Seat Safety
Car Seat Fact Sheets
- Selecting the Right Car Seat (PDF, 435 KB)
- Installing Your Child's Car Seat Tightly (PDF, 657 KB)
- Check Your Child's Car Seat! (PDF, 407 KB)
Car Seat Inspection Station Locations
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 am - Noon
14111 Georgia Avenue (behind 7-11), Aspen Hill, MD 20906
Thursday Evenings 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
503 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Wednesdays 8:00 am - Noon
18501 North Frederick Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Child Seat Laws & Seat Check Information
- MD Child Safety Seat Law (PDF)
- Inspection Station Flyer
- Directions to Seat Checks
- 5-Step Booster Seat Check (PDF)
Sunday, July 20, 2014
When not responding to emergency calls our firefighters keep busy with a variety of duties at the local firehouse. Every day the employees that work in these stations are responsible for accomplishing a number of assigned tasks, one of which is station maintenance.
Here you will see members of company 16 A-Shift conducting monthly station maintenance on their bunk room and bathroom/locker room. Since they spend 1/3 of their lives in these facilities, it benefits them to keep them as clean as possible. Often times you will notice that living areas in some stations are comparable to the firefighter's homes in terms of their upkeep.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
This is part of our Summer of Safety program. Have a great, and SAFE, weekend!
Friday, July 18, 2014
- Numbers must be visible from the street. Existing residential home numbering can be 3 1/2 inches high, however new residential homes must be at least 5 inches high and if you replace existing numbers they must be at least 5 inches high.
- Numbers should be placed on a contrasting background, with a reflective coating on the numbers for easy visibility at night.
- Repair or replace aging address number placards, especially on mailboxes that are a distance from the front of the residence.
- Prune any bushes, tree limbs or other growth that has covered your house numbers.
- Numbers should be placed on or beside the front door. If your door is not easily seen from the street, put the numbers on a post, fence or tree at the driveway entrance so they can be clearly seen from the street. In addition to numbers on the front door of your house, if you have a rural-style mailbox, reflective and contrasting numbers should be placed on both sides of the box so they can be seen by an emergency vehicle approaching from either direction.
Montgomery County Code on Addresses
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Please take a moment to have your child watch the short video below. Remember it is important that you include your kids in developing a home escape plan. As well, it is important you practice the plan by having a fire drill at home! Practice makes perfect!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Way to go and congratulations!
|Captain Ingles after getting Silver in Mountain Bike event|
|Good looking medal!!!|
|Captain Ingles was joined by her Mom for the Chili Cook Off|
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Create a fire escape floor plan:
- Start by drawing a rectangle on a piece of paper. Draw one for reach room of your home. Then draw in all doors and windows. Your children can use crayons to draw in beds, tables, etc.
- In one color, draw a line that shows the fastest way out of each room. Then, in another color, draw another line that shows the second fastest way out.
Know what to do in case of a fire.
- Pick a meeting place outside of your home where everyone can gather after they have left the burning building.
- NEVER use an elevator to escape a fire.
- Conduct home fire drills and make them realistic by holding your drills in the evening since kids can get disoriented in the dark and fires often happen at night.
- In case of a fire, get out first then call the fire department with a portable, cell or neighbor's phone from a safe location.
- Make sure that everyone knows that once you're out, stay out! Never go back inside of a burning building.
- Close doors behind you as you escape to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
- If you have to escape through smoke, remember that smoke rises. Teach children to "get low and go" if there's smoke. The air will be cleanest and easier to breath near the floor.
- Test doorknobs and spaces around closed doors with the back of your hand. If the door is warm, try another escape route. If it is cool, open it slowly. Slam the door shut if smoke pours through.
Things to Think About:
- If you're having a baby-sitter or overnight guests, these people need to learn your household fire escape plan, too. They should be familiar with the sound of the smoke alarm, escape routes and your family's meeting place.
- Can everyone in your home - including children - unlock and open all doors and windows?
- You may want to consider supplying upper bedrooms with escape ladders. Show children where the ladders are kept, how to attach them to the window and how to use them. Demonstrate how to back out of the window and go down the ladder feet first. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue recommends practicing from a ground floor window where there is no risk of falling.
- If you need to descend a ladder to escape, be sure to lower children to the ground before you exit from the window. They may panic in an emergency situation and not follow you if you go first.
- If your windows have security bars, equip them with quick-release devices, and teach everyone in your household how to use them.
- Test your smoke alarms once a month.
- Replace alarm batteries once a year.
- Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace alarms that are more than 10 years old, following manufacturer instructions.
Monday, July 14, 2014
As part of our Summer of Safety program, this week is Home Escape Planning week. Please take a moment to review below and learn how to develop, and practice, a Home Escape Plan!
Being ready is the key to surviving a home fire.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
- Test smoke alarms monthly to be sure they are working and replace batteries at least once a year. If your smoke alarm makes a "chirping sound" - replace the battery immediately.
- Plan and practice home fire drills.
Make a Home Escape Plan!
- Practice your plan with a HOME FIRE DRILL.
- Make sure everyone understands what to do and assess each escape route realistically to be sure it can be used in an emergency. Walk through the primary and alternative escape routes, ensuring that all exits are accessible to all members of your household. For example, will windows open easily? Are ropes and ladders required to escape from second-story windows? (If you choose to have escape ladders, always practice using a ground floor window). Practice your plan at night because things look very different in the dark.
- If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have quick-release mechanisms operational from the inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency. Quick-release mechanisms won't compromise your security, but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a home fire.
- Go outside to see if your house number is clearly visible from the street.
- Numbers must be visible to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home. In Montgomery County, Maryland existing residential home numbering can be 3 1/2 inches high, however new residential homes must be at least 5 inches high and if you replace existing numbers they must be at least 5 inches high. Numbers should be placed on a contrasting background, with a reflective coating on the numbers for easy visibility at night.
- Escape first and then call 9-1-1 from a neighbor's house.
- In the event of a fire, do not stop for anything. Do not try to rescue possessions or pets. Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape. Go directly to your meeting place and then call the fire department from a neighbor's phone. Every member of your household should know how to call the fire department.
- Get out and stay out.
- Once you are out of your home, do not go back for any reason. If people are trapped, firefighters have the best chance of rescuing them. The heat and smoke of a fire are overpowering. Firefighters have the training, experience and protective equipment needed to enter burning buildings.
- Establish a meeting place outside your house and everyone should proceed to this location immediately to take attendance and make sure everyone has escaped.
- Crawl low under smoke.
- Smoke contains deadly gases and heat rises. During a fire, cleaner air will be near the floor. Teach your family that in a fire they must stay low to the floor to avoid smoke and intense heat. If you encounter smoke when using your primary exit, use your alternate escape plan. If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees keeping your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor.
- Revise your escape plan as circumstances change in your household. Make sure everyone including young children, older adults and people with disabilities are included.
- Remember - children sleep very deeply.
- Adults need to make sure that children know the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if they hear it. You can find out who can hear the smoke alarm if you have a fire drill when everyone else is sleeping. If anyone in your home does not wake to the smoke alarm or requires assistance getting out, plan to designate an adult to help them escape.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Company 19-A took some time this past Tuesday to practice a basic fire service drill of hose line deployment and management. The crew deployed and repacked the #2 crosslay a few times. During the drill, Lieutenant Cliff Billingslea and Master Firefighter Joe Skinner displayed a few tricks of the trade to the crew.
This drill was put into play less than an hour later. PE719 and AT719 were dispatched on a box alarm in Company 18 (Glenmont) for a building fire. The first arriving units found a small fire on the rear balcony of an end of group townhouse controlled by a sprinkler. PE719 was the Rapid Intervention Company Engine and AT719 was the second due aerial service.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Before you plan your next outdoor cookout, please review these safety tips:
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.
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.
Use long-handled tongs and brushes while grilling.
Never move a lit barbeque.
Make sure the barbeque is turned off, and completey cooled, before covering.
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.
Never use any type of grill inside. Don't barbeque in the garage, even with the door open. Barbecues produce carbon monoxide, which can build up in an enclosed area. Carbon monoxide is invisible, colorless and tasteless -- but extremely dangerous. Instead, set up your grill in a corner of your deck or patio. Avoid grilling on a covered or enclosed porch or on top of anything that can catch on fire.
Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
In Montgomery County, unless you live in a house, it is illegal to:
• Kindle or maintain charcoal burners and/or gas-fired grills on balconies or within 20 feet of any structure.
• Store liquid propane (LP) gas cylinders, within 20 feet of a multi-family residential building.
Remember, when cooking outside - ALWAYS open the hood before lighting the grill. ALWAYS keep the grill in a safe area away from children, pets and heavy people traffic where someone could bump into it. NEVER try to grill inside and remember, it is best to grill 20 feet away from anything that can burn. Have a safe summer!
Sources: NFPA, CPSC and the USFA
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Please enjoy your grill safely and make sure you are aware of all precautions you should take so that something like this does not happen to you. We applaud Ms. Storm for her continued efforts to make people aware of what occurred in an effort to prevent others from suffering as well.
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Monday, July 7, 2014
Did you know that July is the peak month for grill fires? Below, please find a safety tip sheet we will be handing out in various areas of the County highlighting ways to grill safely.
Do not let your summer go up in flames! Take a moment to review the below safety tips and enjoy a safely grilled meal!
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Yesterday afternoon members from Company 16 - A Shift engaged with residents of the Oaks apartments in Silver Spring as part of the MCFRS Summer of Safety program. Fire Station 16 did blood pressure checks, handed out safety literature, assisted residents with completing a "File-of-Life," and were available to check smoke detectors as needed.
The Oaks has a high concentration of seniors, one group that MCFRS has identified as a target for this safety program.
To schedule something similar for your building and/or organization, contact your local fire station.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Signs and Symptoms:
- Severe thirst
- Muscle weakness
- Nausea, sometimes vomiting
- Increased sweating
- Cool clammy skin
- Elevation of body temperature to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Severe, throbbing headache
- Weakness, dizziness or confusion
- Difficulty breathing
- Decreased responsiveness or loss of consciousness
- Little or no sweating
- Flush, hot, dry skin
- Elevation of body temperature to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
What to Do:
- Move the person to a cool place indoors or under the shade of a tree.
- Loosen clothing.
- Have the person lie down. Elevate feet slightly.
- If the person is alert, place in cool (not cold) bath water.
- IF the person is alert, give frequent sips of cool, clear fluids (clear juice or sports drinks are best).
- If the person is vomiting, turn his or her body to the side to prevent choking.
- Monitor the person's temperatures.
- Drink plenty of fluids- do not wait until you are thirsty.
- Avoid exertion in the hottest weather.
- Wear light-colored, loose clothing.