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Door-to-door campaign reveals lack of smoke alarms in South Carolina community

By Lisa Braxton Local volunteers from two fire departments, the local American Red Cross chapter, and the Salvation Army went door-to-door in a South Carolina community recently to make sure residence had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.…

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NFPA looks to hire 3 public education regional specialists

By Lauren Backstrom Do you want to make a difference? NFPA’s public education division is hiring for three new positions! The Public Education Regional Specialists will work remotely and be responsible for promoting the use of NFPA fire-safety education materials…

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New children’s videos highlight wildfire safety

By Lisa Braxton In his latest video series, Sparky the Fire Dog® teaches children the importance of wildfire safety. The series, which includes three videos, provides a fun, easy way parents and children can work together to help reduce the…

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Santa’s elves need a lesson on fire safety

By Lisa Braxton It appears that Santa’s elves can be troublemakers. According to the children’s picture book, Elf on the Shelf, Santa knows who’s been good or bad because his scout elves visit children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and…

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Upon learning benefits of home fire sprinklers, insurance agent prompts company discount

By Fred Durso, Jr. Jack Swanson proudly displays his ” Fire Sprinklers Save Lives” sticker inside his company office in Casper, Wyoming. But the insurance agent with Mountain West Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company wasn’t always a full-time sprinkler supporter.…

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A holiday tune strikes the right chord for fire safety planning

By Lisa Braxton In acknowledgment of changes to the Ontario Fire Code, Barrie Fire and Emergency Services, in cooperation with Rogers TV, has created a new holiday video to thank the staff of care facilities for familiarizing themselves with their…

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Homebuilder gets schooled on home sprinkler costs in a town requiring installation

By Fred Durso, Jr. Bill McNaughton and family The community of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, has been requiring home fire sprinklers since 2000. Since then, custom homebuilder Bill McNaughton has equipped new homes in this town with sprinklers, and is understanding…

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“Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” and “Project Holiday”: What’s the difference between the two campaigns?

By Susan McKelvey “What’s the difference between ‘Put a Freeze on Winter Fires’ and ‘Project Holiday’?” That’s the question a few people have recently asked, and it’s one that’s worth clarifying, since there are some key differences between the two…

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Smoke alarm safety message is told through engaging video

By Lisa Braxton Campus Firewatch, which works to improve fire safety at schools and in communities, has found a creative way to talk about the importance of smoke alarms. Its “Smoke Alarms, Every House, Every Floor” video was developed using…

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Guest blogger Kelly Ransdell says new approaches keep the public interested in safety

By Lisa Braxton As a regional advisor to NFPA’s Public Education Division, I spend much of my time helping state educators develop the most educationally sound fire and life safety information they can for the public. One of the many…

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