MCFRS News Release

Life-Safety Expo and Open House

Sunday, October 21, 2007, 1-5 p.m.
Join the Great American Fire Drill ™

The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service ask you to take action this October, which has been designated as Fire Safety Month, to keep everyone in your home safe. On Sunday, October 21, 2007 the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to take part in The Great American Fire Drill™.

You and your family are invited to attend The Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Expo on October 21, 2007. Celebrating 'The Great Escape' this event will coincide with The Great American Fire Drill and will feature emergency equipment from throughout Montgomery County, as well as, 'live' fire and rescue demonstrations, fire truck displays, educational activities for all ages and other child activities.

It's time for fire prevention and safety awareness in Montgomery County. Throughout the Month of October the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) will be promoting fire safety and injury prevention in a variety of ways, including many traditional fire-rescue station "Open Houses," as well as, participating in various community events.

Remember, the time change from Daylight Saving to Standard Time will occur later this year on Sunday, November 4, 2007. Get into a lifesaving habit - when you "Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery."

The primary theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week was 'Practice Your Escape Plan.' During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the importance of developing and practicing a home escape plan.

The best protection a family can have in order to survive a home fire is the combination of a residential sprinkler system and working smoke alarms. Since January 2004 all newly built single family homes in Montgomery County have been required to have residential sprinkler systems. It is recommended that a smoke alarm be installed on every level of a home and families have and practice a home escape plan. The simplest thing a family can do to protect themselves is to have a working smoke alarm and an escape plan. Get out and stay out!

The leading causes of fire are improperly discarded smoking materials, heating equipment (including those associated with space heaters and fireplaces), cooking, arson and electrical (not necessarily in that order). In Montgomery County improperly discarded smoking materials and/or careless smoking is the leading cause of residential fire fatalities, followed by cooking.

SAFETY TIPS:

Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your friends and family.

Recent fires throughout Montgomery County have often been the result of food left cooking unwatched, candles left burning unattended, combustibles too close to a heating system, discarded smoking materials, misplaced fireplace ashes and a malfunction with heating systems. Improperly discarded smoking materials and careless smoking have been the primary cause of the most recent residential fire deaths. Many of these fires could have been prevented.

It is important that all residents know to have a working smoke alarm on each level of a home, have an escape plan (know how to get out quickly) and call the fire department from a safe area, preferably a neighbor's house. Do not delay!

Are you prepared for a fire? Although preparing for the unexpected is difficult, reviewing the information below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire could save lives. Don't forget to practice your escape plan during Fire Safety Month!

Ideas for keeping fire safe.

The NFPA's Fire Prevention Week was actively supported by fire departments across the country. For 85 years fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Montgomery County observes this activity for the entire Month of October.

Any Montgomery County resident may receive a free smoke alarm and/or a home safety evaluation by calling the Fire Safety Hotline at 240.777.2476

NOTE: On Sunday, October 21, 2007 the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to take part in The Great American Fire Drill™.