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Friday, July 3, 2015

Working CO Detector Saves Chillum Couple

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

A carbon monoxide detector sounded an alarm when unhealthy levels of the toxic gas built up in a Chillum home.  An alarm company monitoring the homes alarms system notified Prince George’s County Public Safety Communications of an activated CO detector at a home in the 6100 block of Westland Drive.

Firefighters from the Chillum Fire/EMS Station were dispatched to investigate and arrived at the 2-story, split level, single family home at around 7:00 pm, Friday, July 3.  Firefighters received no response after knocking on the front door several times.  The officer-in-charge made the decision to force entry into the home to further investigate.

Once inside they found two occupants that appeared to be suffering from CO exposure and immediately called medics to the scene.  Firefighters used gas detection meters and discovered 100 parts per million (ppm) of CO in the house.  A normal CO level in a home could be anywhere between 0 and 30 ppm.  Anything above 30 ppm is considered unhealthy.

A defective stove was found to be the source of the CO, which was turned off by firefighters.

The two occupants were transported to a nearby hospital in good condition.  Had the CO not been detected the couple would have been exposed for a longer duration and suffered a more serious illness and possible death.  The warning of unhealthy CO levels by the working CO detector prevented further illness.

County law now requires a CO detector on every level of your home.  CO is an odorless and invisible gas that is a byproduct of combustion.  Exposure to CO will initially make you feel sick with prolonged exposure to unhealthy levels possibly killing you.


A working CO detector is the only device available to provide a warning of unhealthy levels of the deadly gas.

Calverton Couple Escape House Fire Thanks to Working Smoke Alarms

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

A fire of an undetermined cause caused significant damage to a Calverton home this afternoon with the occupants needing every second to escape uninjured.  Working smoke alarms provided them with just enough notice to escape.

Firefighters were alerted to a 911 call reporting a house fire in the 3600 block of Stonehall Drive in the Calverton just after 3:00 pm, Friday, July 3.  Firefighters from both Prince George’s and Montgomery County responded on the call and arrived to find a 2-story, 2089 square foot, split level, single family home with fire and smoke showing.

A husband and wife were at home when 2 smoke alarms, one on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor, emitted their warning signal that smoke was detected in their home.  A female that normally uses a walker or wheelchair was taking a nap and awakened by the smoke alarm.  Her husband went to investigate why the smoke alarms were sounding when a neighbor started to pound on the front door telling the couple their house was on fire.  The husband heeded the neighbors advice and  immediately went to assist his wife out of bed then to safety.

A fire had started on the lower level of the house and was spreading rapidly through the homes interior.  Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control after 15 minutes of arrival on the scene.  Remarkably, no one was injured.  Two working smoke alarms alerted the occupants and they used every second available afforded by the early alert to exit the smoke and heat filled house.

The homes occupants, 3 adults, were displaced.  They have made their own arrangements for housing.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and a preliminary fire loss is estimated at $150,000.

Working smoke alarms increase the chances of surviving a home fire by 50%.  A planned and practice exit from your home, identifying two ways out of every room, is crucial in the short period of time you have to escape.


Any County resident that needs a smoke alarm and can not afford to purchase one themselves can call 311 and ask about the free smoke alarm program.  A firefighter will come to your home and install a 10-year smoke alarm in your home free of charge.  County Law requires a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and in bedrooms.

This is a citizens video captured prior to the Fire Department arrival.

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Conditions on arrival of the Fire Department.  Photo by Al Schwartz, Beltsville VFD


Capitol Heights Female Injured by Fireworks - Updated Fireworks Display List and Amnesty Program

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

A Capitol Heights female sustained traumatic injuries to three fingers when a fireworks device exploded in her hand.  The adult female was transported to a nearby Trauma Center for treatment of her injuries.  The incident occurred around 9:30 pm on Thursday, July 2.

This injury is the second consumer-purchased fireworks related injury in the past seven years in Prince George’s County.  The number of injuries is low thanks to the strict laws prohibiting these types of fireworks in Prince George’s County.  All backyard, consumer purchased and homemade fireworks are illegal.  Firefighters and Medics encourage everyone to attend a public or municipal fireworks display.

Our fireworks law is a law we can live with.  It is intended to curb injuries and fires associated with fireworks.

Fireworks Display List within Prince Georges County Maryland

 (ALL LOCATIONS LISTED BELOW HAVE MARYLAND STATE APPROVED PERMITS FOR PUBLIC FIREWORKS DISPLAYS WITHIN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY MARYLAND.  IN ADDITION, PERSONNEL FROM THE OFFICE OF THE FIRE MARSHAL/INSPECTIONS AND OR PREVENTION SECTION'S FOR PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY WILL INSPECT THE SIGHTS PRIOR TOO, DURING, AND AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE LISTED EVENTS. (EXCEPT FOR ONES MARKED IN RED WHICH WILL BE DONE BY STATE FIRE MARSHAL AND OR LOCAL MUNICIPALITY WHO HAVE THEIR OWN FIRE INSPECTORS)  QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CAN BE ADDRESSED TO THE OFFICE OF THE FIRE MARSHAL FOR PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY VIA PGFD WATCH OFFICE AT 301-583-2200)

July 3, 2015-

1) Ball Field Behind Church
     7800 Good Luck Road
     Start Time of Show-9:00 pm
     Within the City Limits of Greenbelt,

2) Six Flags Amusement Park
     13710 Central Ave, Bowie
     Start Time of Show-9:30 pm

July 4, 2015-

1) Prince Georges County Stadium
     4101 Crain Hwy, Bowie
     Game-time 1830 Hours
     Start time of show- At conclusion of game - Approximately 9:00 pm

2) Six Flags Amusement Park
     13710 Central Ave, Bowie
     Start time of show- 9:30 pm
  

3) Spirit of Faith Christian Center
     14001 Candy Hill Road, Upper Marlboro
     Start time of show-9:45 pm

4) Buddy Attack Park
     555 Crescent Road, Greenbelt
     Start time of show-9:15 pm
     Within the City Limits of Greenbelt

5) E. Michael Roll Municipal Bldg
     2000 Marbury Drive, District Heights
     Start time of show-9:30 pm
    

6) Empty Lot Adjacent to Ames Street
     6901 Ames Street, Morningside
     Start time of show-9:30 pm

7) Granville Gude Park/Laurel Lakes
     8300 Mulberry Street, Laurel
     Start Time of show-9:15 pm
     Within City of Laurel
     (Inspected by Laurel City Fire Inspector)

8) University of MD/City of College Park Fireworks
     Parking Lot #1 on UMD Campus
     Start Time of Show-9:00 pm
(Inspected by State Fire Marshal)
    


July 5, 2015

1) Spirit of Faith Christian Center
    14105 Gibbons Church Road, Brandywine
     Start time of show-9:30 pm

2) Six Flags Amusement Park
     13710 Central Ave, Bowie

     Start Time of Show-9:30 pm

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is offering an Amnesty Program for residents to surrender their fireworks without any fear of prosecution.  You must follow the rules detailed below to be eligible for this program.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Firefighters Extinguish Two Structure Fires in Fort Washington

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Firefighters in the Fort Washington area stayed busy with battling two structure fires during their 24-hour shift that started on Wednesday, July 1.

The first incident occurred just after 11:30 am at a 2-story single-family home in the 800 block of Newmont Street.  A working smoke alarm detected smoke inside the house and emitted a warning which prompted the home occupants to evacuate their home.  Upon arrival firefighters found fire showing from a top floor bedroom window.  Firefighters confirmed all home occupants were safely outside and quickly extinguished the fire.  No one was injured, however, two adults and two children were displaced.  The Red Cross – National Capitol Region assisted the family with temporary shelter and assistance.  The cause of the fire appears to be accidental with a fire loss estimate of $20,000.  


The second incident occurred at around 1:15 am, Thursday, July 2.  Firefighters responded to the area of Rosecroft Raceway and located a vacant farmhouse fully involved with fire in the 2500 block of Brinkley Road.  A defensive exterior attack was initiated with the fire being declared out at around 2:45 am.  No injuries were reported.  Fire Investigators will continue to investigate the cause of the fire and placed an estimated fire loss at $100,000.

Firefighter Hospitalized After Battling Bowie House Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

A firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency while battling a house fire yesterday.  At around 7:00 pm, Wednesday, July 1, firefighters from the Bowie area were alerted to a house fire in the 16200 block of Pointer Ridge Drive.  Upon arrival firefighters found smoke showing and a fire in the kitchen.

Firefighters made a quick knockdown of the fire and confirmed the home occupant was safe outside.  There were four cats inside the house.  One of the pets was found deceased and 3 others were unaccounted for.

Firefighters determined that food cooking on the stove was the cause of the fire.  A estimated fire loss was not submitted.  There were no civilian injuries and one firefighter experienced a medical incident.

After the fire was out a 22-year-old Bowie Volunteer Firefighter was transported to a nearby hospital after complaining of an illness possibly related to fatigue and dehydration.  He was admitted overnight to the hospital for additional tests and treatment.  He is reported to be in Good Condition.

Cooking food, most notably, unattended food on the stove, is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County and the entire Country.  Never leave food cooking on the stove or barbecue grill unattended.  “Watch what you Heat.”


The lone occupant of the house was displaced and assisted by the Red Cross – National Capitol Region with temporary shelter.