Chief Bashoor, Chief Filer, Chief Bowers, COG Executive Director Chuck Bean
With the changing of the seasons, the region’s residents stoke their fireplaces, dust off their space heaters, and break out extension cords and candles for use in Halloween displays. On October 29, the COG Fire Chiefs Committee, comprised of fire officials from across metropolitan Washington, held a press conference where they provided safety tips for avoiding fire disasters this fall and year-round.
The event was opened by the COG Fire Chiefs Committee Chairman and Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. He was joined by DC Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean, Charles County Department of Emergency Services Chief John Filer, Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers, and Loudoun County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Linda Hale
In addition to addressing recent fire incidents in Fairfax and Charles Counties, the fire officials reminded the region’s residents to test and change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in tandem with changing clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time, and develop a plan for exiting the home in the case of an emergency.
Halloween Safety Concerns You Wouldn't Expect (WTOP)
Fall Fire Safety (WJLA)
Fire Safety Information:
Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery or Upgrade Your Alarms
Halloween Safety Tips
General Home Fire Safety
Make a Plan
Portable Fire Pit and Chimnea Safety