Shred event with rain barrel, compost workshops set for Oct. 13
The Department of Public Works is hosting an environmental outreach event on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Charles County Government building parking lot (200 Baltimore St, La Plata). Backyard composting and rain barrel workshops, as well as free document shredding are on tap. Advance registration for the workshops is required.
Charles County Government and the University of Maryland Extension staff are offering one hour workshops for rain barrels and composting. The first workshop is at 9:30 a.m.
Shred event: Free, secure, on-site shredding services will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring up to five boxes of personal documents for shredding and recycling. The event is for Charles County residents only. For more information, call the Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778.
Rain barrels: Take home a rain barrel and learn proper in-home installation techniques, practical uses for rain barrels and how to reduce the impact of runoff on local waterways, as well as become eligible for a stormwater remediation fee credit. For required registration, go to https://go.umd. edu/CCRB, or for more information, call Erica Hahn at 301-396-5237 or Jackie Takacs at 240-3936508. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 10. Composting workshop:
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of home composting. Registrants can receive a free plastic GEOBIN or get instructions on making a wire bin at home. For the required registration, go to compostworkshop. eventbrite.com. For more information, call Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division at 301-9323569 or Luke Gustafson at 301-934-5403. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 10.
For registration forms and additional information, go to www. CharlesCountyMD.gov/ Outreach. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-7352258.
Stone Ave. closure extended through mid-January
The entrance of Stone Avenue between 1002 and 1004 in Waldorf will remain closed longer than originally planned, according to a county news release. The road was initially closed due to a collapsed culvert pipe. It has been determined that location of the standard culvert pipe cannot be used and will extend the time of construction. The road is expected to re-open mid-January 2019, weather permitting.
For more information, call the Roads Division at 301-932-3450. Citizens with special needs may contact the Mar yland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800735-2258.
Reminder: smoke alarm law takes effect Oct. 1
The 2018 Mar yland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 728 that state that on or after Oct. 1 a person may not sell a battery operated smoke alarm in the state unless the smoke alarm is a sealed, tamper resistant unit incorporating a silence/hush button and using long–life batteries. A “long–life batter y” means a non-rechargeable, non-replaceable primar y batter y that is capable of operating a smoke alarm for at least 10 years in normal conditions. A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
The bill also allowed smoke alarm systems that are electronically connected as part of a listed centrally monitored or supervised alarm system or capable of sending and receiving notifications by low power radio frequency wireless communication signal or a wireless local area networking capability, according to a news release.
As of Jan. 1 this year smoke alarm placement in all existing residential occupancies were to have been upgraded to comply with the current law that requires that all battery powered smoke alarms be 10-year sealed battery units with a hush button feature and located on every level of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Smoke alarms were to be upgraded in single-family homes and rentals as of the beginning of this year as well. If you still have 9 volt or other replaceable battery type smoke alarms, replace them with sealed battery units to protect your home.
For all new residential units constructed after July 1, 2013, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in each sleeping room, in the hallway or common area outside of sleeping rooms, and in the hallway or common area on each level within a residential dwelling unit, including basements and excluding specified unoccupied spaces such as attics.
This new section of the smoke alarm law will eliminate any confusion with consumers on what type of smoke alarm to purchase, according to the release. For any questions please contact your local or state fire marshal office.
If you find a merchant who is not complying with this new law, contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal to report such information.