‘Fire-Safe’ (reduced-ignition) Cigarettes Could Save Lives!
‘Legislation is a Top Priority’
Several recent fires associated with improperly discarded smoking materials have resulted in several deaths, injuries, dozens of residents being displaced, and have caused millions of dollars in damage. Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr will testify in Annapolis on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 in order to support the Cigarette Fire Safety Performance Standard and Firefighters Safety Protection Act. The hearing is being conducted by the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee and will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Casper Taylor Office Building, room 230, in Annapolis.
A total of four (4) Montgomery County residents were killed in residential fires in the year 2006, three (3) out of these four (4), or seventy-five percent (75%), the result of fires ignited by smoking materials. This is compared to four (4) out of five (5), or eighty pe ...more