County circuit court to provide seminars about common law issues, court processes for public
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.
• Child custody and support;
• 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 email@example.com.
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.