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5063"Haunted House" Fire Safety Emphasized by the State Fire Marshal - Community Advisory

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  • Cathy Plevy
    Oct 10, 2013
      During the Fall holiday season, many organizations and individuals are
      in the planning stages for holiday activities. State Fire Marshal Brian
      S. Geraci wants to remind everyone the State Fire Prevention Code
      requires adequate fire protection to be provided in “Haunted Houses”
      and special amusement buildings. Both permanent and temporary use
      structures fall under these requirements. “These common sense
      requirements, based on national model codes and standards, will help us
      avert a tragedy similar to the one that struck a New Jersey theme park
      over two decades ago. That incident resulted in the tragic loss of
      eight lives,” said the State Fire Marshal.

      Requirements such as a sufficient number of exits, automatic smoke
      detection in reduced-lighting venues, exit marking, and emergency
      lighting help alert occupants in the event of a fire. Additional
      requirements addressing automatic fire sprinkler protection,
      restrictions against using flammable and/or combustible finishes and
      wall coverings, and banning open flame devices such as candles and
      lanterns along with smoking prohibitions, promote a fire-safe

      “Although ‘Haunted Houses’ may not seem to present a fire danger
      to most people, patrons can become easily disoriented during a fire
      emergency,” says the State Fire Marshal. Entrepreneurs considering
      creating a “Haunted House” attraction are urged to contact their
      local fire prevention bureau or the Office of the State Fire Marshal for
      a complete list of fire safety requirements before creating their venue.
      The State Fire Marshal adds, “The best way to ensure fire safety is
      with proper training and planning!”

      The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of
      State Police dedicated to helping protect 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 onto their website at:
      www.firemarshal.state.md.us and/or follow them on Facebook under
      “Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.”

      *This information is being disseminated with permission from the
      Maryland State Fire Marshal.*

      Catherine E. Plevy
      Executive Assistant
      Public Information Officer (PIO)
      Office of the Chief of Police
      7500 Maple Avenue
      Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
      (301) 891-7142

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