How Can I Prevent a House Fire During the Winter?

A recent apartment fire in the Bronx killed 12 people, including four children. According to New York City officials, a 3-year-old boy started the fire by playing with burners on the kitchen stove. Officials said it was New York City’s deadliest fire in 25 years. Apartment fires like this one are commonplace, especially during the winter. Another fire in Aspen Hill, Maryland, caused 60 people, including 30 children, to flee an apartment complex. Many were left without homes. Statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) show that residential fires increase during the winter months. The following information may help improve fire safety at your residence. New Smoke Detector Laws Are in Effect for Maryland Smoke detectors are crucial for buildings, and also required by law in Maryland and other states. In 2013, then-Governor Martin O‘Malley signed new legislation that updated Maryland’s smoke detector requirements …

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