Friday, May 13, 2016

Community Risk Reduction Weekend! Know The New Smoke Alarm Law

This weekend, May 14-15, has been designated by the State Fire Marshal, the Maryland Chief’s Association and the Maryland State Fireman’s Association as a Statewide “Community Risk Reduction” weekend for fire departments across the State.

Fire departments across Maryland will be engaged in community outreach, education and canvassing neighborhoods to provide smoke alarm and fire safety information and education. The focus of the campaign is to increase awareness regarding Maryland’s new Smoke Alarm Law (effective January, 2018) and to remind all residents that smoke alarms older than 10 years need to be replaced with new ones.

All MCFRS personnel and stations, to support the State’s campaign, will be engaged in community outreach and education at every opportunity over the course of the weekend. You may see our firefighters in your neighborhood to include athletic and park venues, as well as grocery, home improvement, and big box stores.

If you happen come across one of our firefighters, you will more than likely receive the below handout. Please take a brief moment to review this important, and potential lifesaving, information.

We also want to remind every Montgomery County family to plan and practice your escape routes together to help ensure everyone knows how to get out safely in the event a fire occurs in your home. Go here to learn more: Home Fire Escape Planning

a reminder to test your smoke alarms and replace alarm if 10 years of age or olderback of put a finger on it door hanger with safety tips

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