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Md. Fire Marshal's Office Releases Home Fire Prevention Checklist


PIKESVILLE, Md.- The Maryland State Fire Marshal on Thursday released a fire prevention safety checklist to help stop fires before they happen inside the home. The checklist ias as follows:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.  Test and vacuum monthly.  Change batteries every year.  Replace smoke alarms after every 10 years. *
  • If smoking materials are used, please use a deep ashtray and smoke outdoors.   Always ensure smoking materials are completely extinguished when finished.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children.  Instruct children to alert an adult if they locate matches or lighters and not to touch them.
  • Replace frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged electrical cords.
  • Limit use of extension cords and don't overload electrical circuits.
  • Never run electrical cords under carpet or rugs.
  • Keep the stovetop clean and remove any combustible items on or near the stove area.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended.  Turn off the stove if you need to leave the room.
  • Have chimneys cleaned and inspected before use.
  • Never use an accelerant in a fireplace or woodstove.
  • Burn only seasoned, dry wood to help prevent creosote build-up in chimneys and woodstoves.
  • Keep combustibles 3 feet away from any heating appliance or fireplace.
  • Have your furnace checked and cleaned for proper operation.
  • Check the clothes dryer exhaust duct and ensure lint build-up is removed.  Replace the duct with non-combustible ducting where applicable.
  • Keep flammable liquids in tightly sealed containers and store away from sources of heat.
  • Plan and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.  Know two ways out of every room.  Have a predetermined meeting location outside.

Deputies from the State Fire Marshal's Office remind the community that "battery only" smoke alarms need to be replaced after they have reached their 10-year life span with long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features. According to deputies, the silence/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so people inside the home can ventilate the space from mild smoke as a result of cooking. The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10-year life of the alarm.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the new law requires homeowners to make sure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and in each sleeping area. Additionally, 120 volt electric smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years with new 120 volt smoke alarms with battery backup to assist in timely operation if there is a fire.


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