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2014 BIKE RIDE

             The 3rd Firefighter 50 Bike Ride will be held July 27,2014 near Westminster, MD.  We offer great cycling in Northern Carroll County, Eastern Frederick County in MD and Southern Adams County Pennsylvania. For 2014, we are excited to offer a full Century loop.  We also have road loops of 30 and 50 miles and finally the "Dirty 30".  The "Dirty 30" is a ride on both paved and gravel roads.  Each ride begins and ends at the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company.  Registration information: Cost $30.00 per individual to include full fire fighters" all you can eat" lunch, fully supported rides and entry for door prizes.  

For more information and REGISTRATION:  www.firefighter50.com                                                  


Posted on 20 Jan 2014
Winter Heating TIPs

STATE FIRE MARSHAL PROVIDES

WINTER HEATING SAFETY TIPS

 

          STATEWIDE (January 6, 2014) – As the temperatures drop to extreme lows, we depend on multiple types of heating sources to stay warm inside our homes.  State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is providing Marylanders life and home saving heating safety tips.  “Elements of heating resources continue to be a significant factor in home fires in Maryland,” according to the Fire Marshal.  “Following these guidelines, we can work together to reduce the number of residential fires.”

 

·         Ensure chimneys are cleaned annually or more frequently if used as the primary heating equipment.

·         Use properly sized fireplace screens or enclosures.  Never use a flammable liquid to start a fire.

·         When disposing of cooled ashes, do not use paper or plastic containers to remove them, instead use a metal container.  Ashes will insulate hot embers long after the fire is considered out.

·         Make sure fuel burning stoves are installed according to local fire codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

·         Have your furnace inspected and serviced annually.

·         Check portable electric heaters for frayed/damaged wires and ensure they are clean and placed on a flat level surface.  Use only “listed” appliances by an approved testing laboratory and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

·         Do not use extension cords with portable space heaters.  The extension cord can overheat and cause a fire.

·         If you use kerosene fuel fired heaters, use only “K-1” kerosene fuel.  Never fill the unit inside, remove it to the exterior after it has cooled before refueling.  Note: Portable kerosene heaters are banned for use in Baltimore City.

·         Open a window enough to provide proper ventilation.

·         Keep combustibles (furniture, curtains, clothing, paper goods, etc.), at least (3) three feet from all heat sources.

·         Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon monoxide.  Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of carbon monoxide levels.

·         Always turn off portable heating equipment when leaving the room for extended periods.  Portable heaters should never be operated unattended.

 

Along with these heating tips, check to make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order.  “Routine maintenance and safe operation of heating equipment, combined with properly installed and operating smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, are a life-saving combination for all Marylanders,” stated Geraci.

 

Posted on 07 Jan 2014
Severe Storm Preparedness

 

…………………… SEVERE STORMS…………………

KEEP AWARE>>>

IN CARROLL COUNTY

<<<BE PREPARED

 

Office of Public Safety Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/CCOPSSS

Carroll County Government Website: http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/default.asp

Carroll County Government Twitter: @CarrollCoMD

Carroll County Access Channel 24

 

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property before severe weather:

 Build an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car in case you are told to evacuate. This kit should also include a pair of goggles and disposable breathing masks for each member of the family.

 Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

 Continually monitor the media – Be aware of storm's which could impact your area.

 •Know how you will be warned in an emergency (NOAA Weather radios with a tone alert are a good option).

 •Know if you live or work in a flood prone area. Check with your local emergency management for details.

 Know where to shelter (ie: basement, interior room/hall, bathroom, closet, etc) if conditions warrant and where shelters in your area are located.

 •Ensure your home is ready – Elevate items in the basement which could be flooded. Bring in outdoors items such as children's toys, patio furniture, garbage cans, etc which could be blown around and damaged. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.

 •Know how to shut off utilities, including power, water and gas, to your home. Have proper tools (i.e.: wrench) ready and nearby.

 •Find out what types of events and kinds of damages are covered by your insurance policy. Keep insurance policies, important documents and other valuables in a safe and secure location.

 Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone knows how to use them.

Posted on 26 Oct 2012
Smoke Detectors/Alarms

  "IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE BATTERIES"

HAVE A PLAN....

Smoke Detectors/Alarms

Smoke Detectors/Alarms

1)      Every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires.  Over half of these deaths (52%) occur between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am, when residents are typically sleeping. Smoke and toxic gases from a home fire are as deadly as heat and flames.  Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious.  The majority of fire victims die or are injured from exposure to smoke and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, not actual burns.  In addition, smoke obscures vision, decreasing your ability to escape.

2)      Smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by detecting fires early and alerting residents, allowing crucial time to escape.  The risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home that has working smoke alarms.

 

CALL YOUR  LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT AND FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME  SAFER

 

Posted on 02 Mar 2011
HOME FIRE SAFETY

HOME FIRE SAFETY

Fireplace Safety

 BEFORE YOU LIGHT IT...............Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents should be inspected at least once a year. Inspection should include: soundness, deterioration, freedom from deposits and animal nests.  Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs must be done if necessary.

Don't put your family or home in jeopardy.


Posted on 25 Oct 2010

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