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No Caption About Maryland's Smoke Alarm Law

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, May 16

A Maryland smoke alarm law that took effect on January 1, 2018 changed residential smoke alarm requirements. The law is designed to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths. Make sure your home is as safe as possible by coming into compliance.

PURPOSE OF THE LAW
The law was designed to achieve the most reliable smoke alarm coverage possible in older dwellings without requiring homeowners to run new ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Fire and Safety Hazard Product Recalls - April

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 30

The following products were recently recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):


1) Product: Sant and Abel Children’s Two-Piece Pajama Sets

Hazard: The children’s pajamas fail to meet the flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a burn hazard to children.

For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/yd62hu5v
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2) ... (Full Story & Photos)

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RVFD Award winners
RVFD Award winners

Ridge VFD Receives Several Awards at the 77th Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 29

The Southern Maryland Convention weekend kicked off this year on Saturday, April 27th with the 77th Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association (SMVFA) Convention. Starting with the Annual Memorial Service honoring those members who passed in 2023. Several RVFD members were remembered. During the Awards Ceremony that followed, Ridge VFD received several awards:

• Father Aloysius Newman ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Campfire safety

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 23

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the great outdoors with a roaring fire. Sitting under the stars by a crackling fire has its appeal. Campfires bring family and friends together. However, campfire mishaps can cause injuries. Campfire accidents send thousands of people to emergency rooms with burn injuries every year. With a few safety tips, you can prevent these accidents.


SAFETY AROUND THE FIRE
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Past President of the LA SMVFA and RVFD Auxiliary Recording Secretary Darlene Wood receives the awards on behalf of the RVFD Auxiliary
Past President of the LA SMVFA and RVFD Auxiliary Recording Secretary Darlene Wood receives the awards on behalf of the RVFD Auxiliary

Installation of Officers and Awards for LASMVFA on 4/20/2024

Aux Vice President Jessica Snyder, April 22

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Association (LASMVFA) held their annual Installation of Officers on April 20, 2024 at Cobb Island VFD. One of our own, Becky Wathen, was installed as LASMVFA Treasurer. In addition, the Auxiliary won awards for 2023-2024 Fire Prevention (1st place) and Safety (2nd place). The Fire Prevention Committee and Auxiliary collaborated together ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Maryland Wildfires

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 16

Every year, wildfires burn across the United States, and a growing number of people are living where wildfires are a real risk. In 2023, more than 55,500 fires burned over 2.6 million acres across the U.S. More than 4,318 structures were destroyed, including 3,060 residences, 1,228 minor structures, and 51 commercial structures.

According to the Maryland Department of natural Resources, wildfires ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 10

Each year, wildfire burns millions of acres of land. Research around home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.

There ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Open Air Burning

Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best, April 03

Outdoor burning is common in our area, particularly in the springtime when homeowners burn debris and brush on their property. These fires often grow into uncontrolled burns and wildfires, which can result in enormous losses of natural resources, personal property, and even lives. The Maryland Forest Service responds to 325 wildfires – 96% of which are started by people - that burn 3,200 acres annually. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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