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Two house fires, days apart, result in starkly different outcomes due to sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Earlier this month, an unattended candle was the catalyst for a house fire in Utah that was deemed a total loss by the North Tooele County Fire District. Per a report by a Fox affiliate in…

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NFPA decorates Christmas tree for safety

By Lisa Braxton Fire safety is never far from the minds of NFPA staff members, even when it comes to choosing decorations for the organization’s Christmas tree. The 12-foot artificial tree stands majestically in the lobby of NFPA headquarters, adorned…

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Holidays serve up family fire safety reminder in the kitchen

By LisaMarie Sinatra With Christmas just a few more days away, for many of us our thoughts have turned from gift shopping for those special people on our list to food shopping for that delicious holiday meal we can’t wait…

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Sparky reminds kids of all ages about safety during the holidays

By Lisa Braxton The holidays are a time for families and friends to come together. But that also means there’s a greater risk of fire. Sparky the Fire Dog’s color-by-number activity and coloring pages help remind the kids and adults…

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More and more burn survivors using their voice to champion for home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Pam Elliott doesn’t recall the flames or smoke from the house fire that enveloped her 55 years ago. She does remember a Good Samaritan who quickly entered her home and whisked her to safety. The damage…

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Sparky presents fire-safe holiday fun

By Lisa Braxton Who doesn’t love a good Mad Lib, especially one from Sparky? Kids will love to fill in details about Sparky the Fire Dog’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas while learning important safety messages. The printout is perfect…

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Updated report: Residential Building Fires (2010-2012)

The U.S. Fire Administration has released an updated report on home fires. From 2010-2012, an estimated 366,900 residential building fires were annually reported to U.S. fire departments. These fires caused an estimated 2,465 deaths, 13,400 injuries and $7 billion in…

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Tragedy brings home heating safety into focus

By Lisa Braxton Space heaters have been identified as the cause of a house fire in Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday morning in which a husband and wife died. According to The State, fire officials say that the home had multiple…

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Fire fatalities surpass last year’s in a state grappling with home fires

By Fred Durso, Jr. Earlier this month, the death of an 88-year-old man brought Alabama’s fire death total to 83, surpassing last year’s total of 81. Per a recent news story, the state ranks fourth in deadly fires this year,…

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Christmas trees are a potential fire hazard; follow simple tips for safely having one in your home

By Susan McKelvey Christmas trees are a festive emblem of the holiday season, but they also present a potential fire risk in the home. Although Christmas tree fires aren’t particularly common, when they do occur, they are likely to be…

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