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Winter Fire Safety Tips

January 11th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

AS OF TODAY, THERE HAVE BEEN SIX FIRE FATALITIES ACROSS THE STATE.    The MAJORITY of those fatalities DID NOT HAVE WORKING SMOKE ALARMS in their homes.   If you cannot afford a smoke alarm PLEASE contact your local fire department to inquire as to what assistance is available in your area.  

           State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds all residents of Maryland to check for fire safety where they live, work, attend classes, training and meetings.  “Fire and life safety is everyone’s responsibility; by testing smoke alarms and CO detectors, keeping exits clear of obstructions, and maintaining fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems, we can all avoid injury or death from the effects of fire.”

          To ensure your best chances of surviving a fire, the State Fire Marshal offers the following tips on both escaping a fire and preventing one:    

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly.                Remember, the effects of toxic smoke and gases can quickly overcome your ability to think               clearly.  Every second counts when escaping a fire.  Also check the dates on your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, if they are 10 years old or older, they should be replaced.

Check exits in both your home and any place you go to ensure you will be able to get to              safety.  Blocked exits resulting from improperly placed chairs, tables or even holiday                        decorations can result in the delay of getting out quickly and safely.  Be vigilant of these safety        concerns whether at church, school or your local favorite eatery.  Ensure snow is removed from the outside of doors as well.

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