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Fire Marshal's Office Addresses Corn Maze Safety

With Autumn coming into full swing, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is offering safety information to Marylanders who are preparing to venture out to enjoy what has become a very popular family venue, corn mazes.
WHAG NEWS - With Autumn coming into full swing, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is offering safety information to Marylanders who are preparing to venture out to enjoy what has become a very popular family venue, corn mazes. 

In a written release from the State Fire Marshal they stated, "Citizens are curious about corn mazes and how safe they are from fire. Maryland's fire codes help prevent tragedies and ensure a fire-safe environment for families."

Members with the State Fire Marshal's Office said requirements such as providing instructions to visitors, prohibitions of open flames such as candles and gas-fired lanterns, and no smoking within the maze to help minimize the risk from fire. Members also say limiting the number of patrons within the maze, establishing fire lanes and keeping fireworks displays no closer than 300 feet from the maze with help enforce a safe environment. 

"Although a corn maze may not seem to present a fire danger to most people, they are actually extremely combustible," stated the State Fire Marshal's Office in a written release. 

Members stress anyone creating a corn maze attraction should contact their local permits office and are urged to contact their local fire prevention bureau of the State's Fire Marshal for a complete list of fire safety requirements before creating their venue. 




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