The Cumberland Times-News reports that the preliminary data concerning the number of fatal fires investigated by or reported to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal indicates a significant decrease in fire-related deaths as compared to fire deaths in 2011 and below the previous record low in 2006-2008.
Fire sprinklers in all new home construction have been required in many communities in MD since 1992. The state adopted the requirement in all new one- and two-family home construction in 2011.
Fire sprinklers are a major factor that contributes to the downward trend in fire related deaths. If you have a fire in your home, your risk of death decreases by about 80% when fire sprinklers are present. We should continue to see the downward trend in fire deaths in communities that adopt fire sprinklers as a requirement in all new home construction.