MCFRS News Release

Montgomery County Fire Fighters "Spring Into Action"

Get Into a Life-Saving Habit

Daylight Savings Time Starts Early This Year - March 11

Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic deaths and injuries from fire. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire.

The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) urge ALL residents to check home smoke alarms on a regular basis. This is part of a national initiative that urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks changing clocks twice a year. You've got the power to save lives - change the battery!

Recent surveys conducted by fire fighters after serious fires in Montgomery County have found that nearly half, 50%, of the smoke alarms checked did not work. That is alarming! Smoke alarms DO save lives!

Montgomery County residents may schedule a home safety evaluation by calling the Home Safety Hotline @ 240.777.2476.

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service recommend that homeowners follow these tips to help prevent fires, deaths, and injuries:

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning-a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.

Because fire can grow and spread so quickly, having working smoke alarms in your home can mean the difference between life and death. Once the alarm sounds, you may have as few as two minutes to escape. Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning devices available. Remember, when you change your clock, change your battery.

NOTE: The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is teaming up with the CPSC, U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Chiefs at a news conference on Friday, March 9, 2007, in advance of daylight saving time to remind families how important a working smoke alarm and escape plan can be. We will revisit the scene of a serious fire where 5 children were rescued from a house on February 4, 2007, in Kensington. A smoke alarm alerted them to the fire and a call to 911 was made.