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Historic fire is a reminder of the importance of Christmas tree safety

By Lisa Braxton One of the deadliest Christmas tree fires on record occurred almost 25 years ago when a Michigan father and six of his children were killed after the Christmas tree caught fire and the fire spread throughout the…

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NFPA shares with Martha Stewart 8 simple fire safety tips to follow this holiday season

By LisaMarie Sinatra With Thanksgiving in our rear view mirror (already???), it’s now fast forward all the way to Hanukkah and Christmas! And as a content partner with our friends at Read our latest blog and get eight simple fire-safety…

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Groundbreaking report examines public opinion of home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Until recently, there was no sound literature documenting why homeowners opt to purchase a home with fire sprinklers, their opinions on these devices, or how their opinions relate to policies supporting mandatory sprinkler requirements. Identifying this…

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Unsafe Science . . .pass it on! How students may be at risk for injuries in the classroom.

By Meredith Hawes The September NFPA Journal Story “Hey Kids Watch This” brought the trend of disastrous science experiments in the U.S. onto my radar. As a former classroom, and fire & life safety educator, the idea of unknowingly putting…

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Latest issue of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter underscores state sprinkler requirement threatened by new legislation

By Fred Durso, Jr. In the latest issue of our Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter, read about anti-sprinkler legislation filed in Maryland, one of two states with a requirement to sprinkler all new homes. (California is the other.) You’ll also read…

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Remembering When gets boost from top doc

By Lisa Braxton I don’t know if U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., is familiar with NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, but with the Call to Action he issued this fall, he’s encouraging…

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Fire in the Northwest is a reminder to practice safety while heating

By Lisa Braxton Fire investigators in Spokane, Washington, have determined that a fireplace and chimney were to blame for a house fire last week. Spokane firefighters were able to keep the home from burning to the ground. The three people…

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How to better the “business” of the fire service through the use of home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Throughout my career, I have always cringed at the notion that “the fire service should be run more like a business”. This statement has typically been connected to the desire to find efficiencies, which is often…

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FPA releases 2015 local fire department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities Study

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released Phase One of its first Local Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities Study. The study takes a look at current preparedness and readiness levels of local wildland/urban interface (WUI) fire departments…

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Sparky e-card sends greetings for Thanksgiving

By Lisa Braxton Years ago when I was in the Midwest pursuing a career in television journalism, I couldn’t always get back to the East Coast for the holidays. Elana, a dear friend, welcomed me into her family’s home in…

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