The Office of the State Fire Marshal is requesting aging Marylanders to take special precautions to protect themselves from the potential of injury or even death resulting from fires.
"The aging process can be difficult enough without having to recover from injuries related to smoke and thermal burns", stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci in a statement. "Everyone needs to assume responsibility and take the initiative to protect themselves from needless injuries resulting from these hazardous issues."
Among the tips they recommend before a fire include identifying the nearest emergency exit, install and test smoke alarms, consider living in a home with residential sprinklers and planning and practicing an escape plan.
Other safety tips include never leaving a stove unattended while cooking, don’t smoke in bed and keep space heaters at least three feet from any combustible material.
For more information on fire safety call 1-800-525-3124 or visit http://www.mdsp.org/firemarshal
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