Public Resources

Fire Safety + Prevention

Fire is the number one emergency in the United States. Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die in fires, more than 25,000 are injured in fires, and more than 100 firefighters are killed while on duty. Most of these deaths occur in residences and could have been prevented.

Common Fire Hazards

A house fire can be caused by many different things, and it only needs a small spark to get started. Some common home fire hazards are:

  • Smoking/lit cigarettes
  • Open flames from a stove top burner
  • Candles left unattended around children and/or pets
  • Dryer lint traps that aren’t cleaned out regularly
  • Old, worn, or frayed electrical cords
  • Overloaded electrical outlets and power strips
  • Unsafe fireplaces or stoves
Fire Basics
  • In order to protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire:

    • Fire is FAST. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
    • Fire is DARK. Fire produces gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three- to- one ratio.
    • Fire is HOT. Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super hot air can sear your lungs.
Prevention
  • Take these steps now to prevent a fire in your home:

    • Install smoke alarms.
    • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.
    • Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area near bedrooms.
    • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries twice a year. A good rule of thumb is to replace your batteries when the time changes in March and November. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.
Understanding Hazards
  • Learn about possible fire hazards in your home and work to minimize their risks.

    • Place space heaters at least three feet away from flammable/combustible materials.
    • Use only the type of fuel designated for your space heater.
    • Keep matches/lighters away from children.
    • Smoke responsibly. Never smoke in bed or when drowsy or medicated.
    • Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs
    • Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
    • Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.
    • Do not overload extension cords or outlets.
Cooking Safety
    • Never leave food unattended on the stove.
    • Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
    • Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames
    • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
Escaping Fire
  • Have an escape plan. Review escape routes with your family.

    • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
    • Teach family members to stay low to the floor, where the air is safer, when escaping from a fire.
    • Check closed doors with the back of your hand to feel for heat before you open them.
    • If the door is hot, do not open it. Find a second way out, such as a window.
    • If your clothes catch on fire: stop, drop, and roll until the fire is extinguished.
    • Do not assume someone else already called the Fire Department. Get out of the house then call 911.
    • Once you are out of the building, STAY OUT! Do not go back inside for any reason.

Important Contacts

Department of Social Services

Main:

(301) 209 5000

Child Abuse Screening Unit:

(301) 909 -2450

Child Care Location Services:

(301) 772 8400

Temporary Cash Assistance:

(301) 209 5000

Emergency Food Assistance:

(301) 209 5000

Eviction Prevention:

(301) 909 6362

Food Stamps/TCA:

(301) 209 5000.

Homeless Hotline:

1(800) 731 0999

Utility Assistance:

(301) 909 6300.

Health Department

Main:

(301) 883 7879

Addictions and Mental Health:

(301) 883 7853

Child Immunizations:

(301) 583 3300

Family Planning:

(301) 583 3340

Infants and Toddlers:

(301) 265 8415

MD Childrens’ Health Program:

1(888) 561 4049

Healthy Teens:

(301) 324 5141

HIV/AIDS Control:

(301) 583 3700

STD Control:

(301) 583 3150

WIC Program:

(301) 856 9600

Department of Family Services

Main:

(301) 265 8400

Aging Services:

(301) 265 8450

Children, Youth, and Families:

(301) 265 8446

Mental Health Services:

(301) 985 3890

Individuals With Disabilities:

(301) 985 3800

Women’s Resource Center:

(301) 265 8420

Family Tree: Single Point of Access Services for Prince George’s County Children

1(866) 533 0680.

Hospitals + Health Centers

Bowie Health Campus:

(301) 262 5511

Doctor’s Community Hospital:

(301) 552 8118

Laurel Regional Hospital:

(301) 725 4300

Prince George’s Hospital:

(301) 618 2000

Southern MD Hospital:

(301) 868 8000

Other County Offices

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services:

(301) 952 4758

Animal Management:

(301) 499 8300

Bulk Trash:

(301) 952 7600

Community Standards:

(301) 883 6100

Domestic Violence Unity:

(301) 883 7005

Environmental Services:

(301) 883 5834

M-NCPPC Help Desk:

(301) 699 2255

Police (Non-Emergency):

(301) 333 4000

PG County Memorial Library System:

(301) 699 3500

PG County Public Schools:

(301) 952 6000

PG Community College:

(301) 336 6000

Sexual Offender Alert Line:

1(866) 559 8017

TDD FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED TOLL FREE:

1(800) 735 2258

Youth Strategies + Programs

Main:

(301) 909 6328

Central County Assistance:

(301) 316 7822

Northern County Assistance:

(301) 909 6323

South County Assistance:

(301) 909 6348

Crossroads Youth Center

Main:

(301) 422 1270

Youth Commission

Main:

(301) 316 7892

Police Department

Youth and Family Sevices:

(301)772 4402

Sheriff’s Office

Main:

(301) 883 7000

Youth Explorers:

(301) 883 7955

Public Transportation

Call-A-Bus:

(301) 499 8603

Metro:

(202) 637 7000

Utilities

BG&E:

1(800) 685 0123

Pepco:

(202) 833 7500

Verizon:

(301) 954 6260

Washington Gas:

(703) 750 1400

WSSC:

(301) 206 8000

Emergencies

Fire/Police:

9-1-1

Poison Control:

1(800) 222 1222

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