MCFRS News Release

S O S - Summer of Safety

All Fireworks are Illegal in Montgomery County

Give Full Attention When Cooking on BBQ Grills

Every year many Montgomery County residents look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings potential for fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor grills. Annually more than 8,000 Americans are injured by fireworks and grill fires. More than half these injuries occur during the first week of July. Just a reminder – ALL fireworks are illegal in Montgomery County.

The Fire Data Center at the United States Fire Administration estimates that yearly outside cooking grills cause more than 6,000 fires, over 5 fatalities, more than 170 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Gas grills alone cause over 2,700 fires, 80 injuries, and $11 million dollars damage. Most of the gas grill fires and explosions were caused by gas leaks, blocked tubes, and overfilled propane tanks.

In addition to outdoor cooking, improper use of fireworks causes more than 6,000 fires and more than $8 million in damage. Fortunately, in Montgomery County the frequency of fires started by fireworks is minimal because most people abide by the law – all fireworks are illegal, however the potential always exists.

Officials from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and Prince George’s County Fire and EMS will be joining together again this year partnering with Six Flags America with a “Fireworks Amnesty” program. All fireworks are illegal in Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Families also enjoy camping in the summer. It is important to follow the park's rules for the use and extinguishing of campfires as well as being familiar with swimming regulations and prohibitions. Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.


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