During Fire Prevention Week, Fire Marshal urges preparation

October 9 – 15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week, and the State Fire Marshal’s office is encouraging all Ohioans to think of at least one thing they can do to prevent or prepare for a fire in their homes. The “What can you do?” social media campaign highlights pledges to take action when it comes […]

Fire deaths down across Ohio during 2015-16 heating season

During the time period of October 2015 through March 2016, fire deaths in Ohio decreased 27% from the previous heating season. These six months are identified as the winter heating months, and typically represent the largest percentage of fatal fires. The State Fire Marshal’s Safe & Sound campaign aimed at reducing fire deaths, particularly those […]

ODNR urges open burning precautions for spring wildfire season

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reminds Ohioans to take precautions while burning debris this spring and to know the state’s outdoor burning regulations. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April and May. Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of […]

Safe & Sound campaign aims to reduce fire deaths in Ohio

The saying, “March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb,” holds true in Ohio, and although we are close to the end of winter, we are not out of the woods yet. That is why the Division of State Fire Marshal is reminding Ohioans to continue practicing the messages of its Safe […]

Fire deaths down in Ohio, Fire Marshal urges residents to remain safe

Sixteen Ohioans lost their lives in fires in January 2016, down from 26 in January 2015. The State Fire Marshal’s office is contributing this decrease to a somewhat mild winter as well as momentum from the office’s Safe & Sound fire safety campaign. Since the campaign was launched in October 2015, Ohio has had 19 […]

Ohio saw more fire deaths in 2015

State Fire Marshal Fire Prevention Chief Frank Conway announced Tuesday that 117 people lost their lives in fires this year, slightly up from 115 in 2014.  Chief Conway also announced plans to continue the Safe & Sound public awareness campaign through the remaining winter months as a way to combat the growing number of fire […]

Police arrest teen for allegedly starting fire that injured firefighter

The Marion Police Department said they have arrested a teenager for starting a fire this week. On April 23, 2015, the Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office with the assistance of Marion Police Department and the Marion City Fire Department began the investigation into the fire which occurred in the 140 block of North Vine Street. […]

Time to change your clocks & batteries; State Fire Marshal encourages having an escape plan

State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers is reminding Ohioans to make a potentially lifesaving change when they move their clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 8, 2015; change the batteries in your smoke alarms. In conjunction with Ohio’s fire departments, the Division of State Fire Marshal encourages Ohioans to make a habit of changing […]

State Fire Marshal urges Ohioans to be fire safe during extreme temperatures

As the temperatures across Ohio continue to dip to extreme lows, State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers is asking all residents to make sure their homes are fire safe.  Many fire incidents during this time of the year are preventable as long as Ohioans take the right precautions. “It may be tempting to use alternative […]

State Fire Marshal Issues Warning Over “Fire Challenge”

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal wants to urge Ohioans not to engage in the “fire challenge.”  This challenge, recently made popular through social media, involves a person pouring a flammable liquid onto their body and then lighting themselves on fire.  That person then nominates other friends to take part in […]