NFPA is on the lookout for innovative educators

By Lisa Braxton Are you a fire and life safety educator who takes a lead role in making your community safer? Do you work for a local fire department? Use NFPA materials in a creative and consistent way? Demonstrate excellence…

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Minnesota city initiates discussion on sprinklering all of its homes

By Fred Durso, Jr. Per a new law, all new homes in Minnesota larger than 4,500 square feet must include sprinklers. Upon learning that sprinklers reduce the risk of dying in home fires by 80 percent, the town of Edina…

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Use care when decking the halls this holiday season

As you deck your halls this holiday season, make sure to keep fire safety in mind. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home candle and decoration fires peak in December. Nearly half of all holiday decoration fires occur…

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Father/daughter home fire tragedy underscored in latest Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter

By Fred Durso, Jr. Following the deaths of a 10 year old and her father from a house fire, Washington State sprinkler advocates convinced the surviving homeowner to rebuild with sprinklers. What they didn’t expect was that the homeowner was…

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Father/daughter home fire tragedy underscored in latest Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter

By Fred Durso, Jr. Following the deaths of a 10 year old and her father from a house fire, Washington State sprinkler advocates convinced the surviving homeowner to rebuild with sprinklers. What they didn’t expect was that the homeowner was…

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Flameless candles provide beauty and safety to any holiday/winter decor

By LisaMarie Sinatra It’s amazing how fast the holidays come and go, don’t you think? I liken the season to a fast moving train, with many moving parts and lots and lots of shopping! With Thanksgiving now in the rear-view…

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Sprinklers rapidly douse house fire initiated by an electrical short

By Fred Durso, Jr. A fire quickly contained by home fire sprinklers inside a Maryland home in November resulted in only minimal damage and no injuries. The Delmarva Daily Times reports that upon entering his home, the occupant heard the…

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Wreath’s single red light bulb reminds residents about fire hazards

By Lisa Braxton Fire officials in Wausau, Wisconsin, have begun their annual “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign to raise fire safety awareness during the holiday season. The wreath, which firefighters placed in front of the Grand Avenue fire station on…

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Safety advocate initiates a victorious push for sprinklers in Illinois

By Fred Durso, Jr. Tom Lia is one busy man. He’s a constant presence at the number of live burn/sprinkler demonstrations taking place monthly in Illinois. He knows how to work the media to promote home fire sprinklers. He’s assisted…

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UN Cookstoves Future Summit emphasizes the need for cooking safety in impoverished countries

By LisaMarie Sinatra As you’ve come to learn, NFPA’s Safety Source blog is a great resource to get important information about cooking fire safety. Whether it’s safety tips or stories, statistics or reports, NFPA provides a real-world view of the…

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