The State of Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal reports a 21% decrease in fire fatalities in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
According to ABC2News ,"investigators point to this statistic: there have been no fire deaths since 1992 in new townhomes, when sprinklers were mandated."
MD is one of the states to adopt the fire sprinkler requirement for all new one- and two-family dwellings statewide. Before that, 34 cities and counties in MD had adopted the requirement by local ordinance. Prince Georges County has documented the benefits of residential sprinkler in reducing fire deaths in homes.
“Maryland’s fire service is cautiously optimistic with this year’s data, however, everyone must remain vigilant in fire prevention to continue this trend,” stated State Fire Marshal Bill Barnard. “An estimated 73% of all structure fires in Maryland occur in what most assume to be the safest place, our homes.”