New smoke alarm law takes effect

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A new Maryland law requiring homeowners to update smoke alarms in their homes went into effect Jan. 1.

The law, originally passed in 2013, requires homeowners replace battery-operated smoke alarms with either new battery sealed-in smoke alarms with a “silence or hush” feature or hardwired smoke alarms with a battery back-up.

“The main benefit that we think is that they are worry-free and that they work,” said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer.


Metro safety chief says aging rail fastener led to smoke on Red Line

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WASHINGTON – The Metro chief safety officer at a Board Safety Committee Meeting said smoke incidents near Gallery Place and Metro Center stations in the last two weeks resulted from rail fasteners that are wearing out.

Metro Chief Safety Officer Pat Lavin said a stray electric current arced off a rail fastener, causing smoke near Metro Center Station Thursday morning. Lavin said the arcing occurred because the rubber coating of the aging rail fasteners was wearing thin, exposing the metal of the fastener to the stray current.

“What we’re finding is that the fasteners used at that location are basically starting to get to the end of their useful life,” Lavin said.


Flower Branch still faces multiple safety problems

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While Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett (D) signed a bill to protect tenants’ rights into law Monday, housing code violations still plague some of the County’s lower end housing.

The County Council passed Bill 19-15 unanimously on Nov. 29 and is requiring the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) to conduct annual inspections of rental properties in the County.

But as the Leggett signed Bill 19-15 into law, conditions for many in the County have not improved.


Man rescues elderly woman from house fire

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kensington house fireKENSINGTON - Montgomery County firefighters along with neighbors who live on Bennion Road in Kensington are calling a future son-in-law a hero after he rescued his 86-year-old future mother-in law from a house fire early Saturday morning.

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