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Sparky presents a mystery that will keep kids guessing

By Lisa Braxton On a winter day there’s nothing better than enjoying a good story. Sparky the Fire Dog® has a great tale on Sparky.org that kids will love to read about a boy, a dog, a snitch, and a…

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Homebuilder arguments to new sprinkler bill countered by New Jersey fire service

By Fred Durso, Jr. Capt. James Culbertson with the Ventnor City Fire Department in New Jersey offered a well-written response to an editorial panning a new bill that would require sprinklers in new homes. Here’s a point-counterpoint synopsis of both…

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Adding a dash of cooking fire safety to your favorite winter meals

By LisaMarie Sinatra If you’re like most of us this winter, the endless snow storms and frigid temperatures have kept you inside more than you would like. This cold has also turned us to the kitchen where creating and indulging…

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Spreading the fire safety message… to college students

By LisaMarie Sinatra We all know the importance of fire prevention; it’s something fire safety educators and fire officials think about daily. But what about today’s youth? What are their thoughts on fire safety? Are we doing enough to raise…

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NFPA, Connecticut fire service, and array of safety advocates vocalize their support for new sprinkler bill at recent hearing

By Fred Durso, Jr. The Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee held a public hearing recently in West Hartford on a new bill that would require sprinklers in new, one- and two-family homes. NFPA joined an army of…

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NFPA receives grant from State Farm for 2015 Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign

To help communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with generous funding and support provided by State Farm®, has launched the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign aimed at…

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Celebrate reading all March long with Sparky

By Lisa Braxton March is National Reading Month, which is devoted to creating opportunities for children to fall in love with reading and discover new ways to celebrate the joys of reading. Sparky the Fire Dog® can be a great…

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Have you registered for the upcoming sprinkler summit in Missouri?

By Fred Durso, Jr. The Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition is giving you the chance to get acquainted with key experts and allies in the home fire sprinkler arena. Register today for the coalition’s first sprinkler summit, March 10 in Columbia,…

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Home escape plan is put to the test for Maryland family

By Lisa Braxton A Cumberland, Maryland, family is crediting a carefully formulated “We had set up our plan, what we would do, where we would meet, what not to do, like if one of the dogs ran back into the…

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Fire chief: Sprinklers would have prevented horrific fire that claimed a life

By Fred Durso, Jr. People leaped from second- and third-story windows. Others cried for help. Someone had no choice but to toss a baby from a window. These were the realities of a recent residential fire in Palmer, Massachusetts. Not…

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