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Are you or a loved one heading back to school? Keep fire safety and sprinklers in mind

By Fred Durso, Jr. More than 70 students were packed into a Kansas fraternity house this week when a fire erupted on the third-floor living area. More than 30 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was initiated by the improper…

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Latest edition of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter now available

By Fred Durso, Jr. Here’s a success story out of Minnesota: come 2015, all new homes of a certain size must include sprinkler systems. Learn how this requirement came to be by reading the August 2014 edition of NFPA’s Fire…

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Chief’s unwavering stance on home fire sprinklers leads to sprinkler ordinance

By Fred Durso, Jr. In 1999, Robert Gorvett, fire chief for the Village of Hoffman Estates in Illinois, proposed a residential fire sprinkler ordinance. Hoffman Estates was to be the largest municipality in Illinois at the time to require fire…

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Infographic highlights cooking appliances and smoke alarms

By LisaMarie Sinatra NFPA has created a new cooking safety infographic for you to use on your website, in blogs and newsletters, and on your Facebook and Twitter platforms. The graphic speaks to an important message when it comes to…

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Amid a string of fire deaths and injuries in Texas, fire marshal encourages home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Home fire tragedies in Texas have made some unfortunate headlines this month. First, there was a story of a houseful of young boys who frantically escaped a burning home. One of the boys, a nine year…

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North Wales launches campaign to reduce cooking-related fires

By LisaMarie Sinatra According to a news article out of the U.K., cooking is a major cause of accidental fires in homes in North Wales. As a result, the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new campaign,…

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Fire pits provide warmth, but be careful

By Lisa Braxton During a recent Saturday I spent a lovely afternoon with friends at a Cape Cod waterfront resort. The grounds were breathtaking and terraced. The resort’s restaurant overlooked a patio, cabanas, and two beaches. Sailboats bobbed in the…

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Sparky was in his element at Missouri State Fair

By Lisa Braxton The Missouri State Fair, held earlier this month in Sedalia, Missouri, featured hands-on activities, competitions, thrilling amusement rides, and world-class entertainment. One of the most enthusiastic participants was Sparky the Fire Dog. He played Frisbee with the…

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New homes for special-needs residents to include sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Six special-needs residents of Kingsport, Tennessee, will be receiving the utmost level of protection in their homes. The Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority is in the process of sprinklering two, 2,200-square-foot houses for six residents. Anticipated…

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Fire service weighs in on new Minnesota sprinkler requirement

By Fred Durso, Jr. Sprinkler Supporters: Tom Thornberg (left) and Tom Clark with the International Association of Fire Fighters NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative team is exhibiting at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) this week for the purposes of…

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