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New homes aren’t new forever: Examining the myth that today’s dwellings are safer than ever

By Fred Durso, Jr. A few recent home fires in the news got my attention. The most recent occurred on January 31 in Novi, Michigan, that killed five people ranging in age from 16 to 23. My research indicates the…

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Safety is an important part of having fun

By Lisa Braxton On a cold winter Saturday in New England, I discovered that there’s no better way to spend the evening than at a 24-hour bowling and fun center. The venue my husband, Alex, and I picked, is a…

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Live in or near Connecticut? Meet the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition during home show

By Fred Durso, Jr. The Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition is participating in the Connecticut Home and Remodeling Show held at the Hartford Convention Center, February 26-28. Coalition members will be exhibiting during the following hours and will be on hand…

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Series of fires in rural areas underscores the importance of home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. A lack of fire hydrants and sparsity of fire stations in rural areas got the attention of an Idaho newspaper, which recently reported on a series of structure fires. A lack of hydrants, for instance, complicated…

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Do you know your favorite presidential candidate’s position on fire safety?

By Fred Durso, Jr. The following commentary was written by Joshua Carson, fire marshal for the Elko Fire Department in Nevada: With progressive campaign slogans like “Make America Great Again,” “Reigniting the Promise in America,” “America Needs a Champion,” “A…

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Celebrate World Read Aloud Day today with Sparky’s storybook apps

By Lauren Backstrom Every year, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Today is that day! World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of…

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Join our Thunderclap to help wish Sparky the Fire Dog a happy birthday on March 18th

By Lauren Backstrom Help us celebrate Sparky’s 65th birthday by joining us for a special ‘Happy Birthday’ Thunderclap! Sparky the Fire Dog was created for NFPA in 1951 and has been our official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is…

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NFPA preschool program has an added location

By Lisa Braxton The Spanish version of the Learn Not to Burn® Preschool program is now available at Sparky School House, which provides a number of educational resource. By going to the “download” icon on Learn Not to Burn, you…

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Canadian insurance group forms official partnership with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

By Fred Durso, Jr. Offering insurance policy discounts on sprinklered homes, a Canadian group is furthering its commitment to promote fire safety. The Co-operators, a Canadian owned and operated insurance group, has established a formal partnership with the Home Fire…

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Fiire Protection Research Foundation hosts 20th Annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Symposium in March

The Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), announced that its 20th annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Symposium (SupDet 2016) will be held March 1-4, 2016 at the Doubletree San Antonio Downtown in San…

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