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Montgomery County Fire Prevention Month

Take 10 minutes on october 10th to test your smoke alarms, practice your escape plan & update your family's emergency kit

In a fire, every second counts. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. This Fire Precention Month, take 10 minutes on 10/10 to:

  • Test your fire alarms. Did you know that all fire alarms have an expiration date? If your alarm is older than 10yrs old, it needs to be replaces.
  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. "Every second counts, plan 2 ways out!"
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
For more information on fire prevention or to request a FREE home safety check, please visit the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service website: mcfrs.org/mcsafe
 

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Are you Safe online?
During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), learn how to keep yourself safe and secure online. 

Simple Steps to Online Safety

Stop. Think. Connect.™ is a cybersecurity awareness campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Follow its tips to protect yourself online and make the internet more secure for everyone. These include:
  • Lock Down Your Login – Usernames and passwords are often not enough to protect important accounts like email, banking, and social media. Fortify your accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as multi-factor authentication for your online accounts and fingerprint identification and security keys to lock your mobile device. 
  • Keep a clean machine. Regularly update the software on your Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, to reduce the risk of infection from malware. 
  • Treat personal information like money. Information about you, such as your purchase history and location, has value - just like money. Protect your data by being cautious about how your information is collected by apps and websites. 
  • Own your online presence. Control and limit who can see your information online by checking the privacy and security settings on your accounts and apps. Anything you post publicly could potentially be seen by a cybercriminal, so keep your personal information private. 
  • Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it could be perceived now and in the future. 
Please visit www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month or www.dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect for more information.
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