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This weekend marks the 50th week of theFirefighters have visited more than 22,000 homes through the Smoke & CO Alarm Education Program. Fire Department's Smoke & Carbon Monoxide  Education Program -- a program that has helped us reach more than 22,000 homes with life-saving fire safety information.

BCoFD station personnel will visit neighborhoods again this weekend, talking to residents about fire safety and specifically about how to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.  Equipping your home or apartment with these alarms is the single most important fire safety step you can take.

About 3,000 smoke/CO alarms have been distributed through the program to qualifying households. Details about the program are available on our Fire Department web site.

About the Program

This educational initiative—which targets neighborhoods at higher risk from fire and CO-related incidents—is supported by a major grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fire Prevention and Safety program. 

About 60 children and adults have been evacuated from a school in Owings Mills due to a carbon monoxide leak.

Baltimore County Fire and EMS crews responded at 11:17 a.m. to The Shafer Center, 11500 block of Cronridge Rd., 21117, a school for special needs children. Staff members noticed an unusual smell (probably the result of improper fuel combustion, since CO is odorless) and called BGE, which in turn called 911 after the school's carbon monoxide alarms activated.

BCoFD crews found high levels of CO, a dangerous gas produced by incomplete fuel combustion, and evacuated the building. Children and staff are housed next door at the Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program station. Shafer Center students and staff will not be allowed back into the building today; the Center is in the process of contacting parents.

One adult has been transported to local hospitals for evaluation of non life-threatening symptoms.

CO levels have dropped following ventilation and other mitigation by firefighters. Observations from Fire personnel indicate a problem with the heating system.

Fire crews began clearing the scene around 1:40 p.m.

The Baltimore County Fire Department reminds residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when the turn their clocks back this weekend.

Firefighters across the nation suggest that residents check alarm batteries twice a year – in the spring and fall, at the same time we reset our clocks. This year, Daylight Savings Time ends and we "fall back" to standard time at 2 a.m., Sunday, November 5.

Smoke alarms are the single most important means of preventing home fire deaths. They provide an early warning signal if there is a fire so you can escape. Most hardware and home supply stores carry them.

Deadly Odorless Gas

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly odorless, invisible gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. High levels of CO can kill within hours. CO detectors sound an alarm when levels of the gas rise so you can get out of the house, call 911 and discover the source of the problem – before someone becomes ill. Every home should be equipped with CO detectors.

For detailed information, see the Baltimore County Fire Department's fact sheets in the Fire and Life Safety section.

Revised June 27, 2017