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Aerial luminaries which are commonly referred to as "Sky Lanterns" are prohibited for use in Frederick County, as well as, the State of Maryland. The devices are typically constructed with oiled paper on a bamboo frame. There is a candle or a fuel cell ignited inside of the device and when the trapped air inside becomes heated, the lantern rises upward. The lanterns may travel significant distances before returning to earth and before the flame is fully extinguished. This action can result in combustibles at the landing site becoming engulfed in flames. As a result, the potential for a uncontrolled fire may occur involving a structure or vegetation.The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Code 29.06.01.08T specifically addresses the issue of "Sky Lanterns". The code permits the prohibition of sky lanterns throughout the State of Maryland where circumstances make their use a hazard.
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Failure to comply with the Premise Identification Ordinance is considered a civil fire code infraction and is punishable by a $25 fine. A fine may be imposed upon any person responsible for a civil fire code infraction for each violation. Each day such violation is permitted to exist shall be considered a separate infraction.
Valuable time may be lost trying to locate your home or business. For your safety, a Premise Identification Ordinance was created so emergency responders can locate your property in the event of a fire, medical, or other emergency.
If you discover or have questions about possible fire or life safety hazards you can call the Office of the County Fire Marshal at 301-600-1479 Monday thru Friday 08:00 - 04:30. After normal business hours call 301-600-1603
You can order a Knox Box directly from the Knox Company's website. You must specify the purchase is for Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue to assure the correct key cylinder.
Please fill out this form: https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/FormCenter/Fire-Rescue-6/Fire-Report-Request-38. Once you submit your information, it will come directly to our office. Once the report is available we can send it to you.
Information can be found on the Frederick County Health Department page here: Burn Permits