County cir­cuit court to pro­vide sem­i­nars about com­mon law is­sues, court pro­cesses for pub­lic

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The Charles County Cir­cuit Court is host­ing free three­hour sem­i­nars for the pub­lic to learn about com­mon fam­ily law is­sues and court pro­ce­dures. Up­com­ing sem­i­nars are cur­rently sched­uled for 5-8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 25, and Tues­day, Feb. 21, at the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary Wal­dorf West Branch, 10405 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf. The Fam­ily Law for the Peo­ple sem­i­nars are for in­for­ma­tional pur­poses only and are not in­tended to pro­vide le­gal ad­vice. Par­tic­i­pants must at­tend the sem­i­nar in or­der to ob­tain par­tic­i­pant hand­books.

Top­ics in­clude:

• Child cus­tody and sup­port;

• Di­vorce;

• Start­ing a case;

• Al­ter­na­tives to trial;

• Trial process and pro­ce­dures;

• Find­ing and work­ing with an at­tor­ney.

Sem­i­nars are for adults only. Child care is not pro­vided. Fam­ily Law for the Peo­ple was de­vel­oped by the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fice of the Courts Depart­ment of Fam­ily Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mary­land State Bar As­so­ci­a­tion Ju­ve­nile Law Sec­tion and the Peo­ple’s Law Li­brary of Mary­land.

DSS to spon­sor hu­man traf­fick­ing pre­sen­ta­tion

The Charles County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices is spon­sor­ing a “Hu­man Traf­fick­ing in High Def­i­ni­tion” assem­bly 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon­day, Jan. 23, at Ser­vants of Christ at the Dome on New Life Church Cam­pus, 9690 Shep­herds Creek Place, La Plata. The event will be fa­cil­i­tated by Mar­lene Car­son, a former traf­fick­ing vic­tim and a na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized sub­ject mat­ter ex­pert re­gard­ing sex traf­fick­ing. Car­son has con­sulted with state and fed­eral leg­is­la­tors, law en­force­ment agen­cies and pub­lic schools across the United States, aid­ing in the es­tab­lish­ment of pol­icy and best prac­tices aimed at ef­fect­ing change within com­mu­ni­ties.

The “Hu­man Traf­fick­ing in High Def­i­ni­tion” event is free and open to the pub­lic. Regis­tra­tion via Eventbrite is avail­able at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hu­man-traf­fick­ing-in-high-def­i­ni­tion-tick­ets-30932192019?aff=ef­b­n­reg. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor for Ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Charles County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices Mau­rice But­ler at mau­rice.but­ler@mary­land.gov.

State fire mar­shal en­cour­ages car­bon monox­ide alarm in­stal­la­tion

In 2016, the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly passed House Bill 0849 and its com­pan­ion Se­nate Bill 0182. Both bills re­quire the in­stal­la­tion of car­bon monox­ide alarms for any new and ex­ist­ing rental dwelling units. This in­cludes any type of dwelling unit that can be rented to an in­di­vid­ual or fam­ily.

This leg­is­la­tion re­quires that a car­bon monox­ide alarm (CO) be in­stalled out­side of each sleep­ing area and on every level to in­clude the base­ment in a build­ing that con­tains any fuel burn­ing equip­ment, wood burn­ing ap­pli­ance or has an en­closed at­tached garage. They are not re­quired in rental dwelling units that are pow­ered solely by an elec­tric power sup­ply.

Car­bon monox­ide alarms can be hard­wired with a bat­tery backup, bat­tery pow­ered that has a ten year bat­tery with a sealed tam­per re­sis­tant com­part­ment or con­nected to an on-site con­trol unit that mon­i­tors the car­bon monox­ide alarm re­motely so that a re­spon­si­ble party is alerted when the de­vice ac­ti­vates the alarm sig­nal and re­ceives its pri­mary power from a bat­tery or the con­trol unit. The rec­om­men­da­tion for multi-fam­ily units is to replace the cur­rent hard wired smoke alarm with a com­bi­na­tion smoke alarm/ car­bon monox­ide alarm unit. The ap­pli­ca­ble re­quire­ments of Ti­tle 9 of the Pub­lic Safety Ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the in­stal­la­tion of smoke de­tec­tion sys­tems would still ap­ply for this in­stal­la­tion.

The in­stal­la­tion of the car­bon monox­ide alarms shall be in ac­cor­dance with the man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­men­da­tions and NFPA 720 for the In­stal­la­tion of Car­bon Monox­ide Warn­ing Equip­ment in Dwelling Units. Car­bon monox­ide alarms must be listed by a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized test­ing lab­o­ra­tory that is ap­proved by the Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal.

Car­bon monox­ide (CO) is a col­or­less, taste­less, and po­ten­tially toxic gas that is pro­duced by the in­com­plete com­bus­tion of liq­uid fu­els, solid fu­els, or nat­u­ral gases. Car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing can cause symp­toms sim­i­lar to the flu, such as: headache, nau­sea, fa­tigue, dizzi­ness, and ir­ri­tabil­ity. High con­cen­tra­tions of CO can cause vom­it­ing, loss of con­scious­ness, and even death. Car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing can oc­cur in small amounts over a long pe­riod of time and in large amounts in a short pe­riod of time.

Although ear­lier is highly rec­om­mended, car­bon monox­ide alarms must be in­stalled in all rental dwelling units by April 1, 2018.

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