Across the pond, home fire sprinklers are a European delight

By Fred Durso, Jr. The United Kingdom recently celebrated Fire Sprinkler Week 2015, an event that encourages sprinkler installation in various settings via information-sharing and other activities. Sprinkler myth-busting was a vital component of this event. While the event this…

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NFPA launches home fire sprinkler grant program

To further the life-saving impact of home fire sprinklers, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative today announced the launch of a new grant program to help fund sprinkler advocacy campaigns across North America. Source:: NFPA – News…

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Considering grilling safety in high risk wildfire areas

By LisaMarie Sinatra I must admit, I find it hard to fathom grilling right now, let alone spring or summer here in the Northeast as another couple of inches of snow fell Friday night and bitter cold is slated for…

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Smoke alarms missing in deadly Brooklyn, NY, fire

By Susan McKelvey This past Saturday, a tragic fire swept through a Brooklyn, NY, home, killing seven siblings ages five to 16. Their mother and 15-year-old sister escaped by jumping from a second-floor window; both are in critical condition after…

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Secure up to $10,000 for home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts by applying for NFPA’s Bringing Safety Home Grant

By Fred Durso, Jr. Looking to spread the word on the importance of home fire sprinklers in your community or state, but lack the necessary funds to create something spectacular? Now’s your chance to secure up to $10,000 through the…

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Tennessee legislators take steps to nix residential sprinkler law

By Fred Durso, Jr. Having witnessed 60 fire deaths over a span of 27 years, Assistant Fire Chief Danny Beeler fought back tears while urging a Tennessee Senate Commerce Committee to consider these losses. “I’ve seen too many bodies,” Beeler,…

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How to acquire and maintain a home fire sprinkler requirement: a conversation with California Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover

By Fred Durso, Jr. California’s path to a statewide sprinkler requirement was as long and windy as the Yellow Brick Road. Prior to the mandate taking effect in 2011, local communities, one-by-one, decided to embrace mandatory installations, the first city…

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How to obtain and maintain a home fire sprinkler requirement: a conversation with California Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover

By Fred Durso, Jr. California’s path to a statewide sprinkler requirement was as long and windy as the Yellow Brick Road. Prior to the mandate taking effect in 2011, local communities, one-by-one, decided to embrace mandatory installations, the first city…

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In March’s issue of Safety Source: new music video, short fire-safety story for kids, and spring cleaning tips

By Lauren Backstrom The March issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New music video teaches – firefighters as community helpers Safe battery storage for spring cleaning Short…

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One community, two house fires, a world of difference

By Fred Durso, Jr. Two recent Illinois house fires, which occurred in the same town during the same week, had starkly different outcomes. The fires occurred in Park Ridge, an affluent community of 40,000 residents in a compact, eight-square-mile area…

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