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Firefighter: The fire service can play a crucial role in advocating for home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Phil Tammaro was only two years old when he was significantly burned in a home fire. His painstaking recovery lasted 39 years, well into his fire service career. However, he refused to let his injuries define…

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Kitchen fire kept under control thanks to fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. A recent fire in Connecticut could have been much worse if not for fire sprinklers. A kitchen fire at a Fairfield residence on August 23 was successfully contained by the overhead sprinklers, limiting damage to just…

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Latest Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter tells us what we can learn from a country that will soon sprinkler its new homes

By Fred Durso, Jr. Across the pond in Wales, home fire sprinklers suffer the same myths and homebuilder opposition that is prevalent in North America. Yet, a historical measure was signed into law in 2011 following a unanimous vote by…

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Fire department hoists the banner for FPW

By Lisa Braxton Volunteer firefighter Melanie Brown is willing to climb great heights to make sure that everyone who passes by Shanty Bay Fire Station # 1, north of Toronto, sees this year’s Fire Prevention Week banner and knows the…

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NFPA offers Fire Prevention Week message in American Sign Language

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has produced an American Sign Language video for Fire Prevention Week. The Fire Prevention Week theme – Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm – is conveyed through…

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Join NFPA and Safe Kids Worldwide for free webinar on new partnership, Fire Prevention Week strategies

By Lisa Braxton The National Fire Protection Association and Safe Kids Worldwide are teaming up in a formal partnership to promote fire and life safety, bringing together the strengths of both organizations. To kick off the partnership, the organizations are…

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The science behind fire suppression–and a pitch for home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Have you heard? The fire service has started embracing a series of scientific experiments that’s producing quantifiable data to help determine how to best fight fires. This scientific approach is said to be altering fire suppression…

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Smart Smoke Alarm technology improves performance of home smoke alarms

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, today released a report containing research findings on how using a powerful mathematical technique (Linear Discriminant Analysis) in home smoke alarms,…

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Safety advocates protest legislative inaction following devastating residential fire

By Fred Durso, Jr. Standing near what was once a residential complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, before fire ravaged it in January, fire officials publicly scolded state lawmakers for their inability to use the event as a means to strengthen…

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NFPA, fire service react to false claims made by Maryland media on home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Maryland’s news outlets have been producing stories with a slanted view on home fire sprinklers, prompting the state’s fire service and NFPA to take action. Maryland joins California in requiring fire sprinklers in new, one- and…

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