MCFRS News Release
Firefighters Going Door-to-Door in Gaithersburg Neighborhood Today Checking Smoke Alarms After Two-Alarm Fire
On February 16, 2011 firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire located in the 15800 block of Glacier Court in Gaithersburg. Damage is estimated at $700K and the Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the three families displaced.
This afternoon, Thursday, February 17, 2011, beginning at 3:00 p.m. local fire-rescue crews from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be going door-to-door in the neighborhood where the fire occurred. Uniformed firefighters will be handing out fire and injury prevention information, offering to check smoke alarms and replacing batteries or smoke alarms as needed. Efforts will be concentrated on Glacier Court and Granite Ridge Drive in the Quince Haven community.
Having a functional smoke alarm 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. Fire Chief Richard Bowers notes, “This is a busy time of year for firefighters in this region. The simplest thing a family can do to protect themselves from fire is to have working smoke alarms, on every level of their home, and to have fire escape plan.”
The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) have been checking smoke alarms in neighborhoods throughout Montgomery County over the past two years as part of the Chief’s ‘Safety in Our Neighborhood’ campaign. Firefighters have visited over 38,000 homes, installed over 1,200 smoke alarms and over 1,300 batteries.