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MD Fire Service Holds Community Risk Reduction Weekend

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MARYLAND - This weekend marks the first Statewide Community Risk Reduction weekend with participation from all fire departments across the state.

According to reports, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is partnering with the Maryland State Firemen's Association and Maryland Fire Chief's Association to have all fire and rescue departments promote the testing and installation of working smoke alarms in the state. This program has reportedly been designed as a thorough canvassing effort to provide fire safety education and 10 year long-life battery operated smoke alarms for the communities.

Officials say working smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 70% of fire deaths result from fires in homes with non-working smoke alarms or no smoke alarms at all. Reports say chances of surviving a fire in your home are increased by 50% when working smoke alarms are activated during a fire.

During the smoke alarm installation program, local fire department members will reportedly spread throughout areas within their local communities in an effort to promote this life saving effort. Officials are urging families to plan and practice their plan together at least twice a year.

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