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Carbon Monoxide Recall

The Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office would like to take this opportunity to advise the residents and visitors of the Town of Ocean City of an important safety recall of Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Alarm Combinations units.

On May 15, 2008, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of “FireX” 10000 Series Carbon Monoxide Alarms and “FireX” 12000 Series Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Alarm Combination units. According to the USCPSC, the recalled alarms sound a “double-chirp” fault alarm in the presence of carbon monoxide prior to going into full alarm. The owner’s manual of the alarms recommends taking the alarm out of service upon hearing a “double-chirp”, which could expose consumers to hazardous levels of carbon monoxide.

The recall includes FireX branded 10000 and 12000 series alarms with the following item numbers: 10000, 120000, 12000C, 12000-6, 12200, 12220, 12400, 12400C manufactured between June 1, 2007 and February 1, 2008.

Residents who have one of the recalled alarms should contact the manufacturer, the Maple Chase Company, at (888) 879-3906 or visit

For any questions or comments, please contact the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-289-8780 or visit


Consumer Fireworks

The Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind the visitors and citizens of the Town of Ocean City of the danger involved with consumer fireworks as the July 4th holiday approaches.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2005, fireworks caused an estimated 1,800 structure fires and 700 vehicle fires.  These 2,500 fires caused an estimated 60 civilian injuries and $39 million in direct property damage.  In 2006, 9,200 people were treated for fireworks related injuries.

Although the State of Maryland has approved the use of ground-based sparkling devices such as cylindrical and cone fountains, these are not legal to use or possess in Ocean City. All other fireworks designated as Explosives 1.4, Class “C” or “amateur” fireworks, sold in neighboring states, have remained the same as past years, and are not legal for use by the general public anywhere in Maryland.  Class “C”, like all fireworks, can result in severe burns, eye injuries, and amputations, causing as many as 9,000 reported injuries nationally per year, primarily in children.

During the summer, visitors and citizens should be aware that while handheld Gold labeled sparklers, “Snap-N-Pops”, “Black Cobra Snakes”, and “Party Poppers” are allowed to be used and possessed by citizens and visitors in Ocean City without a license, injuries and property damage may still occur from these types of products, so parental supervision is always encouraged. 

Maryland law prohibits the shipping or transportation of fireworks into the state if the fireworks are to be possessed, used, sold, or distributed by citizens of Maryland.  Illegal fireworks found are subject to seizure by law enforcement authorities, and persons found in possession of illegal fireworks with the intent to use them run the risk of both criminal charges and the confiscation of the fireworks.  Fines for possession of illegal fireworks may be as much as $250, and those found selling or distributing illegal fireworks may be fined as much as $1000. 

The safety and well being of all residents and visitors of the Town of Ocean City is the primary goal of the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office.  Anyone with questions pertaining to fireworks should contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-289-8780.