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Maryland house fire claiming grandparents and four children brings sprinklers to the forefront

By Fred Durso, Jr. An electrical failure exacerbated by a dried-out Christmas tree was the likely culprit for a house fire on January 19 that reached untenable conditions, killing two grandparents and four children ranging in age from six to…

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NFPA Board of Directors appoints two new members to Standards Council

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors has appointed two new members to the NFPA Standards Council: Patricia A. Gleason of Mclean, Va., and Gary S. Keith of Norwood, Mass. Gleason and Keith are serving three-year terms effective…

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Sprinklers kept fire in check at Washington State apartment complex

By Lisa Braxton Fire officials credit a sprinkler system with putting out a fire at an apartment complex in Renton, Washington this week. According to the Renton Reporter, no one was injured. Three families were displaced. Officials say the fire…

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New and improved Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter makes its debut

By Fred Durso, Jr. Check out the new look of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. The publication now gives you more of the news stories you crave while better linking you to online resources (all of which are free) that…

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Play it cooking safe during the Superbowl

By LisaMarie Sinatra This Sunday will be a day filled with lots of cheering, groans and a plenty of excitement all around. It’s also a day that will be filled with food and tons of it! So, if you’re like…

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Home fire sprinkler opponents fight new law in Minnesota

By Fred Durso, Jr. Days after a new law went into effect in Minnesota that requires sprinklers in new homes of a certain size, the opposition has responded. News reports are filtering in that the Builders Association of the Twin…

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NFPA urges public to keep fire safety in mind as Winter Storm Juno fast approaches

As Winter Storm Juno fast approaches, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges the public to use added caution when heating their homes in the days ahead. Home heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and…

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A frank conversation with Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas, chair of America’s newest sprinkler coalition

By Fred Durso, Jr. Maine now joins 21 other states that have formalized a sprinkler coalition. Initiated late last year, the Maine Fire Sprinkler Coalition is led by State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas, who offered candid comments to NFPA about…

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Know safety precautions before plugging in a portable generator

By Lisa Braxton “Colossal” and “crippling” are two adjectives weather predictors have been using to describe this week’s snowstorm forecast in the Northeastern United States. The storm is expected to dump more than two feet of snow on a 250-mile…

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Introducing Audrey Goldstein, the Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s newest blogger

By Fred Durso, Jr. Joining the growing list of writers for this blog is newcomer Audrey Goldstein. She is an associate fire protection engineer with NFPA, responsible for responding to technical questions on NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in…

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