Free Home Safety Inspections

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is offering free home safety inspections to all D.C. residents--renters and owners--to inform them of potential hazards that may cause fires or serious injuries. The inspections do not obligate residents to make repairs or follow up on suggestions.

The inspections will include smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, appliance safety, storage hazards, proposed escape plans, electrical wiring hazards, emergency exits, furnace and water heater safety, and fireplace and space heater safety.

Fire officials urge residents to schedule inspections from June 1 to Aug. 31, but residents also may arrange a free home safety inspection at any time during the year. To schedule an inspection and for more information, contact the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Public Information Office at 202-673-3331.

Mary's Center Gets Post Award

Mary's Center in Adams-Morgan, which provides health care for low-income Latino women and their babies, was awarded the 1999 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, the Washington Council of Agencies announced last week.

The competitive award recognizes outstanding achievement in management and carries a $5,000 prize. Four other nonprofit groups also were recognized for excellence: Community Family Life Services, Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation.

The five groups will host a workshop to share their management techniques and ideas on June 23 at The Post, 1150 15th St. NW. The workshop is free, but reservations are needed. Call 202-457-0540.

Rotary Club Honors Nonprofits

The Rotary Club of Washington honored 49 District nonprofit organizations yesterday for their service to tens of thousands of local residents and distributed checks totaling $100,000 to the groups' leaders.

"They have belief--belief that they can do something. And that belief is their power," Rotary Club member Carden McGehee said as he announced the awards.

Rotary International, the world's oldest international service organization, supplements the giving of local chapters with $60 million in contributions worldwide each year.

The groups honored at the Washington Hotel include those who assist children and the elderly, homeless, mentally ill, blind, disabled and hungry.

"It's amazing to think of the number of people helped by those of you in this room," said Calvin French, president of the Rotary Foundation of Washington.