Montgomery County is Now in Fire Season


What Can Residents Do to Help Prevent Fires in Homes and Apartments

As of October 1, 2023, Montgomery County is now in fire season. This means that there is a greater risk of wildfires occurring due to the dry conditions and increased wind speeds. Residents can help prevent fires by taking the following precautions:


  • Keep your gutters and downspouts clean to prevent leaves and other debris from accumulating and catching fire.
  • Trim trees and bushes around your home to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and test them monthly.
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home.

Apartment Dwellers:

  • Keep your stovetop clean and free of grease and debris.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Turn off appliances when you leave your apartment.
  • Do not smoke in your apartment or on the balcony.
  • Store flammable materials in a safe place.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your apartment and test them monthly.
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.

In addition to the above precautions, residents should also be aware of the following:

  • Never use a generator indoors.
  • Do not burn trash or leaves.
  • Never throw fireworks or firecrackers.

By following these simple precautions, residents can help prevent fires and keep their homes and apartments safe.

Here are some additional tips for preventing fires in homes and apartments:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Store flammable liquids in a safe place.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Have your electrical wiring inspected regularly.
  • Keep your home clean and free of clutter.
  • Teach children about fire safety.

By taking these steps, you can help keep your family safe from fires. Thanks Bard! 

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