News Release, Office of the State Fire Marshal
STATEWIDE, October 6, 2019 –The Office of the State Fire Marshalis teaming up with theNational Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign,“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”The campaign works to educate everyone about the small, but important, actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
While NFPA and the State Fire Marshal’s Officeare focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.
“Rehearsing what to do in a crisis ensures quick-thinking and avoids panic in the event of a fire,” said State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. “No matter where you are, be aware of your available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously, and exit the building immediately.”
The Office of the State Fire Marshalwill be posting safety tips and advice throughout the week in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”, so stay tuned toInstagram,Facebook, andTwitter.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helpingprotect 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 ontoour website at:MarylandState Fire Marshaland/or ourFacebook Page.