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What’s prompting home fire sprinkler advocates across North America to join forces?

By Fred Durso, Jr. A rising tide of support for home fire sprinklers is making its way across North America. Shore to shore, from California to New Jersey, advocates are gathering on a grassroots level and forming coalitions that are…

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NFPA appoints Michele Steinberg new manager of Wildland Fire Operations Division

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Michele Steinberg manager of its Wildland Fire Operations Division, and announced that Thomas Welle and Faith Berry have also joined the Division staff as senior project manager and associate project manager, respectively.…

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Lack of sprinkler requirements outrages Massachusetts state fire marshal

By Fred Durso, Jr. “I have responded to hundreds of fatal fires in my state, and it’s hard to rationalize how decisions [on mandatory home fire sprinkler installations] can be based strictly on cost while not recognizing the effect fire…

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My $400 mistake is reinforcing important lessons on fire safety

By Lisa Braxton Even staff members of the Public Education Division of the National Fire Protection Association need a refresher every so often on fire safety behaviors. I initially felt too embarrassed to share this, but because of gentle prodding…

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Tennessee town showcases sprinklered homes for disabled residents

By Fred Durso, Jr. Last month, the town of Kingsport, Tennessee, unveiled a home crafted specifically for disabled residents and gave the community an up-close look at sprinkler protection at its best. The one-story, three-bedroom dwelling is one of two…

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NFPA, USFA, ESFI host winter safety Twitter chat

By Lauren Backstrom Each year, NFPA and USFA team up to remind you that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires in our Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign. To help you stay safe,…

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Use care when decking the halls this holiday season

By Susan McKelvey Holiday decorations are a hallmark of the season, but many of them carry potential fire hazards that can quickly turn a festive time of year into a tragic one. As you deck your halls this holiday season,…

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Prepare your community for the winter storm season

By Lisa Braxton The month of November featured frequent periods of early-season arctic air and snow, which set records in many sections of the United States. Des Moines, Iowa, for instance, had ten straight days of subfreezing temperatures. Macon, Georgia,…

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Maine advocates for expanded CO alarm requirements

By Lisa Braxton In the wake of an incident in which guests at a Maine resort got sick earlier this year from carbon monoxide (CO), a proposal is heading to the legislature requiring CO alarms in all homes and hotels.…

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How far has the fire service come in embracing life safety initiative dedicated to home fire sprinklers?

By Fred Durso, Jr. Illinois sprinkler advocates at work It’s been 10 years since the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation published its 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives as part of its Everyone Goes Home Program. Following these initiatives, the U.S. Fire…

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