Maryland Blogger: Still looking for a Valentine’s gift?

Still looking for a Valentine’s gift?

Still looking for a Valentine’s gift? 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials are recommending smoke alarms as the perfect Valentine’s gift for loved ones. Nothing says you mean everything to me like the 24-hour protection that comes with a smoke alarm. And while you are busy planning the perfect evening, make it memorable for all the right reasons. A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Cooking up a great meal? Stand by your pan. Too many meals are ruined when cooks get distracted or forgetful and leave cooking unattended. As much as Fire/Rescue loves your cooking, you really don’t want us to have to extinguish that perfect meal. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires so keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, paper or plastic bags, dish towels, newspapers and curtains – away from your stovetop, oven and appliances that generate heat.
  • Candles may look festive and set the mood however unattended candles account for thousands of fires annually. The National Fire Protection Association reports that, on average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a US Fire Department every 30 minutes. Consider battery-operated, flameless candles instead. You really can’t tell the difference!
  • Lighting up the fireplace? Make sure that’s all you light up. Believe it or not, every year people dispose of fireplace ashes before they have sufficiently cooled. Keep your ash out of the trash and only dispose of fireplace ashes in a sealed, metal container located far from anything combustible. Never dispose of fireplace ashes in your recycling bin, trash can, paper or plastic bags or in a garage, carport or on a deck or porch. 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue wants you to have a great Valentine’s Day. Remember, smoke alarms save lives. They make great gifts, one-size-fits-all and MCFRS will even come out and check your alarms for free! Just call 311 or visit for info.

This post was provided by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue service in Maryland.



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Comment balloon 15 commentsRoy Kelley • February 10 2019 07:11PM


Warms the heart and kindles a spark to think of smoke detectors being right up there with a box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers and bubble bath. Thank you Roy Kelley ! Drown out the candles, the fireplace positive ions. Got it.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) 6 months ago

I am thinking of giving my wife...ME!.


Just kidding.  going out for  nice dinner

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 6 months ago

What a nice message for Valentine's Day safety, Roy. Happy Monday!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy. Great reminder to check the batteries after a nice dinner. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

Good reminder for all to act upon.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

Feeling loved has always been the gift that I wanted most on Valentines Day!   I hope that yours will be enjoyed!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Roy, I read an article a couple weeks ago that said on average men spend $350 on Valentine's Day and women $60. We always just stay at home and cook a nice dinner. Keeping an eye on candles at all times is important and using battery candles instead is great advice. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy.  Smoke alarms may be a very sensible Valentine's Day gift, but if they are not accompanied by some flowers and or chocolates, the spouse alarm may start to go off.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley - My husband learned a long time ago mot to give me a sensible gift on Valentines Day..... nor for my birthday or Mother's day and for good measure I will throw in Xmas!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 6 months ago

Roy, fire safety is always important, no matter what time of year.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Roy, Important tips you have listed today, and you're right this is a one-size fits all gift!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 6 months ago

Roy, I always so loved lighting a scented candle, however it was around 1990 when at the office,  I began to worry whether I had blown out the light on a lit candle on my home office desk.  As I drove home that night, I couldn't wait to see if I still had my house.  Next day I threw out all that type of candles and never bought another in almost 40 years. 

Yup, Roy, I still look at those candles in shops and grocery stores and pick them up off the shelves to smell them.  Never lost my love for them.  Came down to a choice:  my love for the scented candle, watching a flickering lit wick or perhaps a careless forgetting to blow it out before leaving a room, or a house.  I know there are other ways to scent a room, however, not the same as my lit candle.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 6 months ago

That's a good reminder with candles being the go to lighting source this Thursday. The last thing you want to have happen is an accidental fire upend a romantic evening.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 6 months ago

Hi Roy- This is a good reminder about the various fire hazards that are out there. I've been using the battery operated candles that are on a timer. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago