Shred event with rain bar­rel, com­post work­shops set for Oct. 13

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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. 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. CharlesCoun­ 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.

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