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Anne Arundel County Highlights Fire Safety During Week One of Building Safety Month

Publish Date: 05/06/2014

Fire, Weather and Outdoor Safety Are Focal Points of 2014 Campaign


Annapolis, Maryland (May 5, 2014) — Following the May 1 kickoff of Building Safety Month, this year themed “Maximizing Resources, Minimizing Risks,” Anne Arundel County will continue to highlight building safety throughout the month of May.


Each week, an important aspect of building safety will be spotlighted to promote the wellbeing of the County’s citizens where they live, work and play. Themed “Keeping Fire In Its Place,” the week of  May 5-11 emphasizes the importance of taking steps to prevent fire-related deaths and accidents.


The United States Fire Association offers these statistics and tips for preventing home fires:

  • More than 2,500 Americans died in home fires last year, and in most cases, the home was not equipped with a functioning smoke alarm. A sounding alarm gives you the extra seconds you need to get out of your home alive. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, and be sure to replace batteries annually.
  • The number-one cause of preventable home fire deaths is smoking. Smokers should never leave a burning cigarette, pipe or cigar unattended or smoke in bed, and should always use deep ashtrays and put out cigarettes immediately when feeling drowsy.
  • The second leading cause of fire deaths for older adults is heating. When purchasing a space heater, look for the auto-off feature should the heater fall over, and keep space heaters at least three feet away from other objects. Fireplaces should have large screens to catch flying sparks and rolling logs.
  • The third leading cause of fire deaths for older adults is cooking. Never leave a meal in progress unattended, do not wear loose clothing while cooking, and keep towels and pot holders away from the range.
  • Create an escape plan that includes two routes of escape from every room, and ensure everyone in your home practices it regularly. Get out and stay out.

Weeks two through four of Building Safety Month will span the topics of “Helping Homeowners Weather The Storm,” “Surround Your Building With Safety” and “Building A Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow.” For more information about Building Safety Month, go to, or to learn more about Anne Arundel County’s building codes, go

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