Heading to NFPA’s Conference and Expo in Chicago? Let’s talk home fire sprinklers!

By Fred Durso, Jr. Curious about advocating for home fire sprinklers in your state or region, but don’t know where to start? Or, would you like to learn how sprinklers can dramatically reduce the risk of dying in fires at…

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Advocates unite near burning structure to underscore impact of home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Keeping a safe distance from a structure filled with today’s home furnishings, sprinkler advocates in West Hartford, Connecticut, set it ablaze to make a powerful statement. Based on the audience’s reaction, they got their point across.…

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Educator of the Year receives key to the city

By Lisa Braxton When Lt. Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Massachusetts, was told by her supervisor that she needed to be at this week’s city council meeting, she figured city officials wanted to be…

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Statewide hoarding task force kicks off at North Carolina Education Conference

By Kelly Ransdell Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the kickoff to the North Carolina (NC) hoarding task force. At the 39th annual NC Education Conference, it was announced that the task force was up and running. This…

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NFPA Public Education Division adds a regional specialist

By Lisa Braxton NFPA has a new employee in the Public Education Division serving as regional education specialist for the Western United States. Jeff Donahue has more than 30 years’ experience in the fire service and most recently was division…

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Fire Prevention Week banner gets plenty of mileage in New York State community

By Lisa Braxton The Fire Prevention Week banner gets a lot of exposure in Whitesboro, New York. The Whitesboro Fire Department purchases one for each school in the district and presents it to school principals, who hang it in the…

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How does the insurance industry view home fire sprinklers?

By Fred Durso, Jr. Deemed the largest property casualty writer in the U.S., State Farm offers up to a 10-percent insurance discount for homes equipped with these devices. “State Farm’s approach has been to incentivize safe behavior,” David Tideman, counsel…

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House fire caused by frying oil on stove

By LisaMarie Sinatra A story out of Arizona this week can easily make you stop and think, “Wow, this could happen to me, too.” Fire officials responded to a house fire that started from hot cooking oil. According to the…

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Fire department in Iowa makes Fire Prevention Week memorable for the kids

By Lisa Braxton Sparky’s® Coloring Book is a big hit with the children of Nevada, Iowa. That’s because a coloring activity conducted during Fire Prevention Week offers them the possibility of a visit to their favorite restaurant and a ride…

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Have a favorite movie that gets fire sprinklers all wrong? Tell us

By Fred Durso, Jr. Fire Protection Contractor Magazine (FPC) is currently asking its readers to submit titles of movies that perpetuate the longstanding myth that if one fire sprinkler activates, the rest follow. That fact is that these scenes, while…

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