Old Town: Fire Prevention Week open house at Laurel VFD

As communities across the nation mark Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13, the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual open house on Sunday, Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the station, 7411 Cherry Lane. Light refreshments will be served by the LVFD Auxiliary.

The focus of this year's event is the importance of having two routes of escape from each room in your home. National Fire Prevention Association officials say that this practice "could mean the difference between life or death" for you, your family members and four-legged friends. You should practice your fire escape routes no less than twice a year.

What you may not know is that LVFD is staffed by paid firefighters Monday through Friday, only during the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. At all other times, including weekends and holidays, the staff is made up strictly of a volunteer force. Unpaid volunteers save the city and county dollars in salary payments.

At the end of the recently circulated LVFD newsletter, which arrived in most mailboxes a week or so ago, there is a contribution form. Please take a moment and consider the needs of our local fire department. Let's all do our part to keep them operationally strong. The next home or business they save could be yours.

The Auxiliary continues to serve its famous all-you-can-eat breakfast the first Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon. It's a great way to begin your day, while supporting the Auxiliary.

If you want more information about the LVFD, go to their website, http://www.laurelvfd.org. You can also get updates on activities. It's also a great place to get tips year-round to keep you safe.

John Floyd II checked in via Facebook to let me know that officers from the Laurel Police Department recently completed a stint atop Dunkin' Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. The good men and women of the squad raised in excess of $10,000. It certainly gives a deeper meaning to cops hanging out at the doughnut shop.

You may notice that Laurel Police officers are wearing pink badges this month. These badges are in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is marked each October.

Did you know that household batteries are considered hazardous waste? They should not be placed with regular household refuse. There are blue recycling containers at both the Municipal Center and the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center. This service is part of the city's expanded program to cut down on the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. You can learn more about the recycling program at http://www.laurel.md.us or by calling the Department of Public Works, 301-725-0088.

Don't forget Riverfest is this Sunday, Oct. 7, noon to 5 p.m., in Riverfront Park, Avondale Street off Main Street.

Go Os! Go Nats!

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