State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds all Marylanders of the dangers of fire as a result of improperly extinguished smoking materials. “Many recent fires in the State have been the result of fires around dwellings involving smoldering remains of smoking materials on or near dry vegetation, flower pots and mulch,” stated Geraci. “Many of these fires have resulted in damage to decks, porches and dwellings”. The State Fire Marshal offers the following tips and guidelines when choosing an activity such as smoking.
– Smoke outside of the home and ensure to use deep, sturdy ashtrays with a wide stable base. Consider using water or a non-combustible container filled with sand for extinguishment.
– Make sure remains of smoking materials are completely out, every time.
– Ensure smoking materials and ashes are thoroughly cooled before throwing them away.
– If you have a gathering, inform any smokers of a designated smoking area and check the area frequently to ensure smoking materials have been completely extinguished.
– Never allow smoking when home medical oxygen is in use.
– When operating a vehicle do not toss lit cigarettes out of the window. Use an ashtray to fully extinguish the remains before placing in an appropriate receptacle at your destination.
Additionally, ensure you have properly installed and working smoke alarms on every level and bedroom in your home.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering. For more information on fire safety call 1-800-525-3124, log onto our website at: Maryland State Fire Marshal and/or our Facebook Page.