MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Today is Safety First Day of the Month of July. Â It is the day designated for residents to test their smoke Â and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working. Â If they are not working, replace the battery or replace the entire alarm with a new 10 year, with hush feature alarm. Â Changes in our laws will require these type of alarms so you should replace your alarm now.
Test your alarms – it may just be the difference between life and death.
Today, Prince George’s County has a new law, one that is designed to save lives. Â All 1 and 2 family homes are required to install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in their home if their home has:
A gas service for heating or cooking
An attached garage
A CO detector must be installed on every level of your home. Â Detectors can be purchased at home improvement stores and other retail outlets. Â Ensure the alarm you purchase is marked with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal. Â This indicates your detector meets or exceeds testing standards.
The Fire/EMS Department strongly recommends you to purchase and install a combination smoke and CO 10-year, tamper proof, with hush feature alarm. Â This alarm will provide you and your family the maximum amount of protection available.
- The Fire/EMS Department wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Fourth of July Holiday. Â Remember that all consumer purchased fireworks are illegal. Â Visit one of the many public and municipal displays.
- Just this past week a working smoke alarm sounded and alerted home occupants of a fire. Â the families in Beltsville and Oxon Hill all escaped safely!!!
- The Department is not currently providing CO alarms to homeowners. Â We continue to provide smoke alarms, installed in your home, free of charge. Â Call 301-864-SAFE (7233).
- Consider dining out at Ledos in College Park on July 17. Â 15% of your purchase will be donated to the PGFD SPCA Sparky Fire Fund. Â This fund will allow us to take pets found injured in house fires to the vet and initiate treatment immediately. Â This offer is good from 11 am until 10 pm. Â You will need to bring a flier with you. Â Click here for more information and a flier.