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Smoking materials fire displaces 22 in New York State

By Lisa Braxton Ten adults and 11 children were displaced from their homes earlier this week after an apartment building caught fire in Auburn, New York. The Auburn Citizen reported that the fire was started by smoking materials, which caught…

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Disagreeing with fellow county commissioners, firefighter casts vote in support of residential sprinkler requirement

By Fred Durso, Jr. Image courtesy of koratmember at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Let’s start with the bad news: The Tullahoma News reports that a local county commission in Tennessee recently voted to opt out of a home fire sprinkler requirement in the…

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Fire Departments in Tennessee Spring into Fire Safety

By Kelly Ransdell Baseball brings back memories for me of the hot and fun days that make summer so cool. My husband and I love to visit ballparks all over the United States to see the baseball stadiums and experience…

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NFPA hosts free webinar, “High Hazard Flammable Train Transportation,” to help address oil train derailment hazards

Following multiple crude oil train accidents this year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host a free webinar on Thursday, June 4 at 2:00pm EDT, to help the fire service and code enforcement personnel be prepared for oil train…

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The many myths associated with NFPA’s residential sprinkler standard countered by sprinkler expert

By Fred Durso, Jr. Matt Klaus, NFPA’s principal fire protection engineer, set the record straight about NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, during NFPA’s recent Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Boston. Myths…

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With help from the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Smokey Bear’s cabin gets sprinklered

By Fred Durso, Jr. NFSA’s Bruce Lecair (left) and Lubrizol’s Dave Kokosenski at Smokey’s Cabin Best known for his role in preventing wildfires, Smokey Bear is bringing his message of fire safety closer to home. Assisting the National Park Service’s…

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New 10-minute mini-lesson focuses on calling 9-1-1 from a mobile phone

By Lisa Braxton The majority of 9-1-1 calls are made from mobile phones these days. It’s important for kids to know how to use them to call 9-1-1. But this can be challenging because of the different types of mobile…

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NFPA president joins Massachusetts state fire marshal in lauding national sprinkler efforts

By Fred Durso, Jr. NFPA President Jim Pauley complimented attendees at the 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Boston for continuing to stand their ground in support of home fire sprinklers. Noting what has been an uphill battle in many…

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Get ready during Hurricane Preparedness Week

By Lisa Braxton National Hurricane Preparedness Week is underway and continues through Saturday, May 30th. The purpose is to spread awareness of the dangers and hazards of hurricanes and ensure that every family has a disaster plan, every business has…

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Maryland County enacts Building Safety Month, promotes building codes and home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Let’s all take a lesson from the good people of Montgomery County, Maryland. Public officials there have made safety a priority–so much so that they’ve officially deemed May Building Safety Month. This year’s theme is “Resilient…

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