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State Fire Marshal: Corn Mazes Could Pose Fire Risk

PIKESVILLE, Md. - As fall gets into full swing the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office is warning people about the safety of corn mazes.
"Although a Corn Maze may not seem to present a fire danger to most people, they are actually extremely combustible and exhibit a serious risk to life safety if codes are not strictly enforced," said State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci

Geraci says corn mazes have become a very popular family venue, but he cautions citizens to make sure the maze meets Maryland fire code.  

The State Fire Marshal says vendors should provide safety instructions to vistors, station employees on a platform to monitor conditions in the maze, prohibit use of open flames, and smoking to help minimize the risk of fire. Other requirements are to limit the number of patrons at any one time within the maze, established fire lanes, and have public address systems.  

The Maryland State Fire Marshal asks anyone interested in creating a corn maze to contact their local permit office and fire prevention bureau for a complete list of fire safety requirements.

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