Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Maryland State Law:
Deciding if Your Child is Ready to Stay Home Alone When the Law Permits:
- Does your child want to stay alone?
- Can your child use the telephone?
- Can your child lock and unlock the door properly?
- Can your child follow directions?
- Does your child know what to do in an emergency?
Prepare Your Child:
- Post important phone numbers and make sure your child understands when and how to contact parents, reliable neighbors, and emergency aid
- Have your child call a parent at work or a responsible adult to report safe arrival home from school.
- Practice situations that may occur when your child is alone - (What will you do if someone comes to the door? How will you answer the phone if someone calls for your parents? When should you call your parents at work? Etc.)
- Plan time after you return home to listen to your child's account of day's events and deal with problems and questions.
- Be sure you have a Family Emergency Plan in place.
- Make sure they know what to do in an emergency:
Other Situations to Consider When Deciding Your Child's Needs
- It's not okay to leave children alone at the library or other public facilities. Staff members have many duties. They are not responsible for child care and your child may not be safe.
- Is your home location safe? Do you know neighbors who can be trusted to provide good advice if called upon by your child?
- Home-Alone Kids, by Bryan E. Robinson
- Safe Passages, by Hull
- Home Alone Video for Kids, Produced by KidSafety of America
- LOCATE: Child Care - for child care information and referral services. 301-279-1773
- Child Care Subsidy Infolink - information about eligibility for child care subsidies. 240-777-1155
- ChildLink - for information or resources to help with a child from birth to five years of age, such as Early Education, Parenting, Support for Families, Special Needs, Health Care, Mental Health Care, County Resources and more. 240-777-4769
- Montgomery County Schools (MCPS) Call Center - Information about Montgomery County Schools. 301-309-MCPS (6277)
- MCPS Division of Family and Community Partnerships - provides resources and services from the community to strengthen family practices. 301-279-3100
- Montgomery County Health and Human Services Information Line. 240-777-1245
- Montgomery County Child Welfare Services - fact sheets and parent tip sheets are available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov , search for Child Welfare Services or call 240-777-3555
- Some area hospitals community education departments offer workshops for youth in topics such as Home Alone, Babysitting, and Safety
- Children's National Medical Center (Washington D.C.) - 202-884-4500
- Holy Cross Hospital - Community Education Department - 301-754-7160
- Shady Grove Adventist Hospital - 800-542-5096
- Suburban Hospital - 301-896-3939 x 1
Monday, January 23, 2012
Are You Looking for an Exciting Career? MCFRS is Accepting Applications for Public Safety 911 Call Taker
The Public Safety 911 Call-Taker is responsible for quality emergency communication services to the citizens of
Applicants must have the ability to:
Education: Completion of high school or High School Certificate of completion recognized in the State of
Resume must include information specific to the preferred criteria listed below. Make sure that your resume references your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the preferred criteria. Ideally, the preferred criteria should be addressed in a separate section in your resume. The system only allows for one document to be submitted so your preferred criteria must be part of the resume.
Additional Employment Information:
Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference.
For important information regarding the recruitment process, critical dates and information, applicants should access the job posting at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov and click on careers.
Friday, January 20, 2012
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility and use caution while driving. Residents of the National Capital Region are encouraged to "Get Where You Need to Be Before the Weather Gets Bad." Click here for more safety tips and advice.
Click on the photo below to be taken to a photo album from the incident.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
ARMY Specialist Ronald H. Wildrick JR. of Woodsboro, Maryland, who died on December 11, 2011 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in service to our great country. Our personnel learned that his funeral procession would be passing through Montgomery County, via 270, as he made his way to his final resting place. Several stations along the route positioned apparatus and personnel on overpasses to honor the fallen hero.
Below, you can see photos showing units from Fire Station #34 and #35 who positioned two aerial tower/ladder trucks flying the American Flag.
An honor and privilege for all involved!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Captain Bill Cannata from the Westwood, MA Fire Department, who has an autistic son, developed this program and is today's instructor. The training is free thanks to a grant Bill received from the Dept. Of Homeland Security.
There are a few of our members in the class who have kids who are autistic.
I met Bill a couple of years ago at a conference and we have kept in touch hoping to be able to bring the training to Montgomery County.
The class was a sell out and we are hoping to bring Bill back in the near future.
Office of the Fire Chief
MCFRS Life Safety Education & Social Media
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The below is from Weather.com and I thought it appropriate for this mornings commute.
Friday, January 6, 2012
“There are two basic “Must Haves” that are integral to fire safety year-round, but especially this time of year,” said Fire Chief Richard Bowers. “We know that having working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, in combination with a home escape plan, saves lives. We’re asking residents to ensure these life-saving devices are present and functional in their homes.”
Fire Safety Tips
- All smoke alarms have expiration dates and should be replaced every ten years, even if they appear to be working. Follow manufacturer recommendations for a replacement schedule.
- Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries changed annually. A “chirping” sound may indicate that your battery is low and needs to be changed right away.
- Make sure your home is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths and, unlike fire, carbon monoxide cannot be seen, has no smell and without a detector you may be at risk.
- Space heaters should be kept at least three feet from anything that can burn. Always turn off space heaters when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Don’t use extension cords with space heaters. The high amount of current they require could melt the cord and start a fire.
- When purchasing portable heaters, look for units with automatic shut-off features.
- Never use a gas range or oven as a substitute for a furnace or space heater.
- Fireplace ashes can maintain enough heat to re-ignite for several days after a fire. When cleaning out the ashes, always assume they are still hot and use a metal can to contain them in for disposal. The metal can should be stored away from the home (never in an attached garage, breezeway or on a deck).
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent kitchen fires.
- Never leave cooking unattended. Turn off the burner if you need to leave the room.
- Keep anything that can catch fire - - potholders, towels, wooden utensils, food packaging and curtains - - away from the stovetop.
- Always unplug appliances. Not only can it save money and energy, it’s safer should there be a power surge or electrical malfunction.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A question that always comes up this time of year is what to do with the family Christmas Tree. Well, thanks to our friends in the Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Solid Waste, we have an answer.
Please take some time to go to their web site to learn how to properly Recycle/Dispose of Christmas Trees
In addition, you can also find some great information here on: How to recycle/dispose of light strings (Christmas lights / holiday lights)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
- To unplug electric decorations, use the gripping area provided on the plugs. Never pull the cord to unplug a device from electrical outlets. Doing so can harm the cord’s wire and insulation and even lead to an electrical shock or fire.
- As you’re putting away electrical light strings, take time to inspect each for damage. Throw out light sets if they have loose connections, broken sockets or cracked or bare wires.
- Do not place a damaged set of lights back into the storage box for next year’s use.
- Wrap each set of lights and put them in individual plastic bags, or wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard.
- Store electrical decorations in a dry place where they cannot be damaged by water or dampness. Also, keep them away from children and pets.