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Prince George's County, Maryland

Annual "Heats On – Waters Off" Program Set for Sept 28th


For Immediate Release: 9/27/2013 2:00 PM

Contact: Jermoni Dowd / 240.691.8409

Local Mechanical Service Contractors to Provide Free Home Heating and Plumbing Inspections to Elderly and Disabled Homeowners

Camp Springs, MD On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the Annual “Heats On – Waters Off” program will provide preventive maintenance to heating and plumbing equipment to senior citizens and persons with disabilities who may have difficulty paying for such services.  The one-day project will assist twenty-five homeowners who may be running inefficient, faulty or hazardous equipment.  The Prince George’s County Fire Department will also be visiting homes to check smoke detectors and provide carbon monoxide detectors.

“We sincerely appreciate this partnership with the Mechanical Contractors Association, its partners, and the Prince George’s County Fire Department,” says Department of Family Services Acting Director, Theresa Grant.  “You cannot imagine the impact you have when you go into a senior’s home and assist them with plumbing and heating which supports their ability to remain in their own homes.”

“The Heats On – Waters Off” program involves the joint voluntary efforts of the Prince Georges’ County Department of Family Services and the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department; as well as the local Steamfitters Union, Plumbers Union, and local Service Contractors Bureau members.

“There is a lot of skilled labor in our community,” says Prince George’s Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. “Heat’s On – Water’s Off’ is a great collaborative effort that assists homeowners who may be running inefficient, faulty or hazardous equipment.  Neighbors helping neighbors is what this project is all about.”  

“Heats On – Waters Off” will begin on Saturday morning, with a kick-off breakfast at the Mechanical Trade School in Landover, MD.

NOTICE TO MEDIA:
Heat’s On – Water’s Off has designated a home in Temple Hills, MD, as the place where reporters may conduct interviews, take photographs and gather news footage.  The home will be open from 8:30 am to 9:30 am for this purpose.  The workers will be replacing the hot water heater and heating unit.  Please contact Jermoni Dowd for additional information at (240)691-8409.

WHO:
Prince George’s County Dept. of Family Services Aging Services Division;
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department;
Mechanical Contractors Association of Metropolitan Washington;
Steamfitters Local 602;
Plumbers Local 5;

WHAT:
“Heats On – Waters Off” Program

WHERE:
Mechanical Trade School
8509 Ardwick Ardmore Road
Landover, MD 20785

WHEN:
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Kickoff Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Service Inspections  8:00 am – 12Noon
Media Home: 8:30 am – 9:30 am