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Home Fire Prevention Tips from State Fire Marshal

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MARYLAND - As the fall season begins to get colder and colder, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office wants to pass along some tips and reminders for Marylanders to help prevent fires in our homes:

  • 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 three 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.
  • Vacuum bathroom exhaust fans to eliminate dust build-up on the motor and fan blades.
  • 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. Get out and stay out! 



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