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More and more fire service members making a point to mention fire sprinklers at scene of home fires

By Fred Durso, Jr. Rightfully so, smoke alarms typically get a mention at the scene of home fires. In front of news cameras and intrepid journalists, the fire official lets the public know whether or not these devices were present…

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Let’s think safety on National Puppy Day

By Lisa Braxton Today, March 23rd, is National Puppy Day, a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies can bring to our lives. Founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige, National Puppy Day is…

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Dreams and nightmares: Station Nightclub burn survivor recalls days following historic fire

By Fred Durso, Jr. If you haven’t read the first installment of Rob Feeney’s experience during The Station Nightclub fire in 2003, please do. It’s a well-written, albeit horrific, account of the night that turned Feeney into an advocate for…

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Poison Prevention Week: A good time to focus on carbon monoxide the Invisible Killer

By Kelly Ransdell According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 20,000 Americans visit an emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. With National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26, 2016 -it is a great time to focus on…

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Campaign launched to keep kids safe around medicine

By Lisa Braxton Almost every minute of every day, there’s a call to a poison control center because a young child got into medicine. There are more medicines in the home than ever before. Three times as many prescriptions are…

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In the March issue of Safety Source: Sparky’s 65th birthday, hoarding fire safety tip sheet, sky lantern dangers & more

By Lauren Backstrom The March issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Sparky’s 65th Birthday! Hoarding and Fire: Reducing the Risk safety tip sheet A Compelling Case for…

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City ponders fire sprinkler ordinance after majority of its homes already have this protection

By Fred Durso, Jr. Establishing a fire sprinkler ordinance seems like the next logical step for the town of Camas, Washington. Its city council will vote in April to require this form of protection in all new homes–a protection that’s…

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Home fire sprinkler code requirement in jeopardy: Act now!

By Fred Durso, Jr. During the current code cycle for the 2018 edition of the International Residential Code, a number of proposals were submitted to weaken and potentially eliminate the requirement to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes. Seen…

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Sparky the Fire Dog kicks off his 65th birthday with a fun bucket list campaign

By Lauren Backstrom Sparky the Fire Dog marks his 65th birthday on March 18th. Sparky is legendary. You’d be hard-pressed to find a child or adult who doesn’t know him, remember him, or recall his enduring life safety messages. For…

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State launches multimedia campaign to educate residents on home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), a member of the New York Sprinkler Initiative, has launched a campaign aimed at educating residents about the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers. Made possible by…

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