Canada gets in gear for Fire Prevention Week

By Lisa Braxton The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Distribution Center, in Brockville, Ontario, is busier than ever these days with Fire Prevention Week less than six weeks away. FPW materials have been received and work is underway assembling…

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Smoke alarms credited with saving an Iowa child

By Lisa Braxton Smoke alarms likely helped save the life of an 8-year-old girl in Camanche, Iowa. According to KWQC-TV6, Alysia Schomer wanted to stay home on a recent Saturday while the rest of her family went a few blocks…

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Call for nominations: Bringing Safety Home Award to recognize local home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative are accepting applications for the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers. Source:: NFPA…

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New York code council ruling against home fire sprinklers angers safety advocates

By Fred Durso, Jr. Tempers flared following a recent vote by the New York Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code but remove its requirement to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes. Instead,…

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NFPA’s Public Education division announces addition of three new public education specialists

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the addition of three public education specialists: Kelly Ransdell, Meredith Hawes and Jeffrey Donahue. In these newly-created public education positions, Ransdell, Hawes and Donahue will be responsible for working in coordination with state and…

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Fire chief advocates for home fire sprinklers, initiates two sprinkler ordinances

By Fred Durso, Jr. In 2001, Bob Wilcox, then fire chief of the Matteson Fire Department in Illinois, was preparing to build a new home with fire sprinklers. “I wanted to protect my family,” he says. “[Sprinklers are] there 24/7…

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Fire safety advocate: Code-adopting bodies need to stop “cherry-picking” home safety features and embrace home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Shane Ray, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association A two-year-old girl died this year from a fire in a New York home built two years ago. The event rattled safety advocates nationwide while providing a…

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National Campus Fire Safety Month Contest works to raise student awareness of fire hazards during September

NFPA, University of New Haven Fire Science Club and The Center for Campus Fire Safety co-host contest in partnership with Domino’s to address 24 percent increase in dorm fires from 2003-2013 Source:: NFPA – News Releases

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Special trailer makes pit stops promoting home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Almost as eye-catching as Utah’s breathtaking landscape is a wheeled beauty rolling through areas of the Beehive State. Painted fire-engine red, the sprinkler demonstration trailer is taking safety directly to the masses, one pit stop at…

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Fire Protection Research Foundation announces winners of the 2015 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel Awards

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), announced winners of the 2015 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards. The award winners were selected by participants at the Foundation’s 2015 Suppression,…

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