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Candle determined cause of fire on college campus

By Lisa Braxton Authorities say a candle caused a fire inside a dorm room on the campus of Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania this week. According to WPXI.com, university relations officials say a student knocked over a burning candle. The…

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NFPA’s new children’s videos highlight family projects to reduce wildfire risk

Three new children’s videos, focusing on the importance of wildfire safety, have been released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are now available on its wildfire “information for youth and families” webpage. Source:: NFPA – News Releases

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Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires

Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking such as…

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NFPA and USFA launch “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign to promote home fire safety during winter months

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up for the fourth year to promote their joint campaign, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires,” which works to educate the public about potential fire hazards…

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Local news station offers helpful tips for a fire-safe Thanksgiving

By Susan McKelvey Keep this Thanksgiving a fire-safe one by using extra caution in the kitchen tomorrow. That’s the main message behind KCWY13-TV’s local news coverage on Thanksgiving safety, which reinforces the increased potential for cooking fires, along with tips…

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Fire deaths on the decline in a state requiring home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Maryland, one of two states with statewide sprinkler requirements (California is the other), has seen a 20-percent decrease in fire fatalities in 2014 over last year. That’s a decline from 55 fire deaths in 2013 to…

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Add safety to the menu if dining out for Thanksgiving

By Lisa Braxton According to the National Restaurant Association, 15 million people will eat their Thanksgiving Day meal at a restaurant. In addition, 32 million Americans are expected to dine out while shopping on Black Friday. If a favorite eating…

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Put car safety on the “to-do” list this Thanksgiving

By Lisa Braxton For some of us one of the biggest undertakings before sitting down to the Thanksgiving meal this week won’t be preparing food or figuring out how to keep guests entertained, but traveling to where the Thanksgiving dinner…

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Looking to convince legislators to support sprinklers? Start with relationship building

By Fred Durso, Jr. During NFPA’s recent Home Fire Sprinkler Summit, Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser gave tips on how to convince state legislators that home fire sprinklers are a crucial, life-safety component in new homes. Balser has been a…

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Dangers of turkey fryers highlighted this holiday season

By LisaMarie Sinatra With Thanksgiving on our heels, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention turkey fryers. As you know, fryers have been all the rage these past few years, and while the idea of fried turkey may seem appealing…

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