Fire deaths prompt firefighters to take safety tips door-to-door

February 11, 1994|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,Sun Staff Writer

Alarmed at the number of fire-related deaths in Baltimore this year, the city's fire department has scheduled a door-to-door blitz of neighborhoods tomorrow to make residents aware of safety precautions.

Lt. Thurman Pugh said the event will begin at 10 a.m. Sixty to 70 fire trucks throughout the city will sound their sirens for about a minute before firefighters begin distributing pamphlets telling how to prevent home fires.

The pamphlets warn against keeping flammable materials near stoves and heaters.

They also warn of the dangers of kerosene heaters, which are illegal to use in the city because fumes, as well as the fuel, are health hazards.

Firefighters also will inspect smoke detectors for residents and direct people to local fire stations to purchase smoke detectors for $6, said Lt. Pugh.

Since Jan. 1, 15 people have died in city fires, he said. Only one person died in a fire during the same period last year.

On Feb. 4, two children died when clothes next to an electric space heater caught fire in the basement of their two-story brick rowhouse in the 1800 block of N. Montford Ave. in East Baltimore.

Five children and their mother died in a Jan. 9 fire in West Baltimore. Clothing left on a heating grate in the floor caught fire at their home in the 600 block of Edgewood St.

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