Educator of the Year encourages others to apply for award

By Lisa Braxton Lt. Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the 2015 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year can describe the months since she was chosen for the award…

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Join us for a Twitter chat all about #WinterSafety tomorrow at 2:00pm ET

By Lauren Backstrom Let this be your formal invitation! We are hosting a Twitter chat, tomorrow (December 9th) at 2:00pm ET along with our friends U.S. Fire Administration, Electrical Safety Foundation International, SafeKids and Consumer Product Safety Commission (plus, many…

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Following vote to exclude home fire sprinklers, advocates ramp up educational efforts

By Fred Durso, Jr. Fire sprinkler supporters in New York were delivered a blow in August when the state’s Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code but remove the requirement for home fire…

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The good and the bad: Recap of 2015 legislative action on home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. All new homes aren’t created equal. That was the lesson learned in 2015, a year when some state legislators took steps supporting home fire sprinklers while others sided with the opposition in keeping requirements for them…

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NFPA’s “Project Holiday” campaign reminds everyone to deck the halls this season with fire safety in mind

By LisaMarie Sinatra When you’re decking the halls this year, make sure to keep fire safety in mind. That’s the main message behind “Project Holiday,” NFPA’s annual holiday fire safety campaign, which works to educate the public about the increased…

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Here’s how NFPA 13D, the standard for home fire sprinklers, keeps installation costs affordable

By Fred Durso, Jr. One of the biggest points of contention for the use of home fire sprinklers is cost. Sprinkler opponents argue that installation is a pricey endeavor that will escalate a home’s total construction cost, pricing first-time homebuyers…

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Learn Not to Burn highlighted in school outreach campaign

By Lisa Braxton Traditional and social media played a big role in the success of this years’ “Keeping Our Kids Safe–School Outreach Program,” in which NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® program was prominently featured. Sponsored by the Fire Marshal’s Public…

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NFPA’s “Project Holiday” campaign reminds everyone to deck the halls with fire safety in mind

When you’re decking the halls this year, make sure to keep fire safety in mind. That’s the main message behind “Project Holiday,” the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual holiday fire safety campaign, which works to educate the public about…

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How to pitch home fire sprinklers like a member of the “Mad Men” advertising team

By Fred Durso, Jr. Photo: Twitter Don’t pitch a product. Pitch the emotion behind the product. You might understand the importance of home fire sprinklers. Maybe you’re well versed on how they operate, how they can reduce the traumas of…

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Canadian fire officials say, ‘tis the season to be careful

By Lisa Braxton The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, in partnership with the Toronto Fire Service, is launching the “12 Days of Holiday Safety” next week. The campaign kicks off at Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto. One hundred one…

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