MCFRS News Release
Community Service Day
Firefighters will be going door-to-door checking smoke alarms in Montgomery County
as part of the 22nd annual Community Service Day on October 24, 2009.
The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be teaming up with other County agencies and participating in Community Service Day on Saturday, October 24th. Firefighters will be engaged in communities as part of their "Safety in our Neighborhood" campaign to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety, smoke alarms and providing information on the simple steps that families can take to ensure they are fire safe for the winter months ahead.
"The upcoming months are often the most dangerous time of year for injury and deaths from residential fires and having a working smoke alarm can make a life-saving difference," said Chief Richard Bowers. "Over 50% of smoke alarms recently checked in Montgomery County were not working due to dead or missing batteries. We're focused on getting the word out and having a working smoke alarm is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce the tragic injuries and deaths from fires."
On Community Service Day, residents can expect to see hundreds of firefighters mobilized in neighborhoods, knocking on doors and focused on the following services to residents:
- Smoke alarms - checking to ensure units are operational, installing fresh batteries, awareness that smoke alarms have a ten-year life expectancy.
- Importance of having a Home Escape Plan and practicing a Home Fire Drill.
- Home address numbers - clearly visible, easy to read, porch lights are working.
Any Montgomery County resident may receive a free smoke alarm and/or a home safety evaluation by calling the Fire Safety Evaluation Hotline at 240.777.2476.