The Maryland State Fire Marshal offers tips for clothes dryer safety, from cleaning the filter and not operating the dryer when no one is home, to getting it serviced at least once a year.
Clean and maintain clothes dryers to help prevent fires and keep the machine working for longer. State Fire Marshal William Barnard offers the following tips, according to a news release: For more information on fire safety call 800-525-3124 or visit the State Fire Marshal website or its Facebook page. The fire marshal is headquartered in Pikesville.
The previous record low in Maryland was set in 2006 and tied in 2008.
Fire deaths throughout Maryland in 2012 dropped nearly a quarter from the previous year to a new record low, state officials said Thursday. According to preliminary data announced by the state fire marshal's office, 52 people died in 2012 of "injuries related to hostile fires." That total is 22 percent down from the 67 fire-related deaths recorded in 2011, and 13 percent down from the 60 deaths reported in 2006 and again in 2008, which were then record lows. In a release, State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard attributed the drop in deaths to safety precautions, including working smoke alarms, home fire escape plans, residential fire sprinklers and "outreach programs that emphasize personal responsibility for surviving a home fire." “I …