Fire and Rescue understands the best way to fight fires and reduce injuries is by preventing them in the first place.
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Home Fire Safety Survey
“Keep Kids Safe” Child Safety Seat Program
Holiday Fire Safety - Christmas and Passover
Using Candles Safely
Winter Fire Safety
Protecting children in cars requires a long-term commitment. Field experience during child safety seat checkpoints show that 9 out of 10 child safety seats are not being used or installed correctly.
Children progress through the use of infant seats, toddler seats and finally booster seats before they are of the proper age, height, and weight to wear the vehicle safety belt. Generally, the adult safety belt does not properly fit people shorter than 4’9" or under 80 to 100 pounds.
Parents routinely protect their children through the use of car seats, but many parents do not use booster seats. Parents of booster age children (generally 4-8 years of age) skip the use of a booster seat and move their child to the adult safety belt too soon. Booster seats help position the adult safety belt properly on the child’s shoulders and hips providing a safer and more comfortable ride. Make sure your child safety seat is installed correctly!
To learn more about the Safe Kids Frederick County program, visit https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/SafeKids.
To learn more about car seat assistance programs and inspections offered by Kids in Safety Seats (KISS), a state-wide program funded through the Maryland Highway Safety Office, visit
Remember: If you live in an apartment or condominium style building, grilling must be done at least 15 feet from any portion of the building. Grilling on balconies is illegal. Storing your grill on your balcony is illegal.
Don’t let your turkey, or you home go up in flames!
Click here to view the Safety Video from Frederick County.
According to insurance company statistics, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage each year.
Please use these basic safety principles when using turkey fryers:
More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 20,000 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only had the information they needed to avoid a disaster.
While the holidays are a special time of year, it is also important to take the appropriate safety measures.
Click here for more information regarding Christmas Tree safety.
Passover is a time of family gatherings with special foods, songs, and customs. The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services encourages you to keep these important safety guidelines in mind during your time of celebration:
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MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WORKING SMOKE ALARMS IN YOUR HOME!
Candles may look pretty and smell nice, but they are a leading cause of home fires and home-fire deaths. Remember, candles can readily ignite anything that can burn.
Make sure that you take the following precautions:
The Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services encourages residents to use the following safety tips to prevent fires and keep loved ones safe.