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New safety tip sheet available on hoarding and its dangers

By Lisa Braxton Hoarding is a condition in which a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions. The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of space. Hoarding also increases the risk of fire and…

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Pennsylvania borough wants to require carbon monoxide alarms

By Lisa Braxton The borough of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is seeking to overhaul its property maintenance code to include a requirement for working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in all homes – in both rentals and owner-occupied dwellings – if they either…

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Iowa official says prevention message is working

By Lisa Braxton The fire prevention message is having an impact in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow says that from 1964 to 1973, the city averaged 4.4 fire deaths a year. Now the average is less than…

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Victory in Maryland: Safety advocates help defeat bill that would have weakened home sprinkler requirement

By Fred Durso, Jr. Ron Siarnicki with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation stands with the Maryland fire service during a video supporting the state’s home fire sprinkler requirement A legislative bill that riled fire sprinkler advocates for its ability to…

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Maryland fire museum opens its doors for safety

By Lisa Braxton Escape planning was one of the topics reviewed with residents who attended the recent Family Safety Day at The Fire Museum of Maryland. This is the third year the museum has conducted this event as part of…

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The Scottsdale experience: new video highlights benefits of a 30-year ordinance to sprinkler new homes

By Fred Durso, Jr. Anyone doubting the long-term benefits of a fire sprinkler ordinance need only look to Scottsdale, Arizona. Since it went into effect in 1986, the ordinance has had a hand in saving lives and property; the city’s…

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In the face of fire deaths, Massachusetts officials urge residents to check smoke alarms

By Lisa Braxton Fire officials from across Massachusetts made a public plea Friday for residents to check their smoke alarms after a recent spike in fatal fires in homes lacking working devices. The Boston Globe reports that Fire Marshal Peter…

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NFPA awards 2016 Jensen Grant to volunteer fire department in Virginia

By Lisa Braxton The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named the Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department of Virginia the recipient of the 2016 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The grant will support the department’s program, “Carrsville Loves Older…

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New report cites “lack of fire sprinklers” as contributing factor of residential fire killing two Boston firefighters

By Fred Durso, Jr. A report released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states a lack of fire sprinklers contributed to a high-profile residential fire in Boston that killed Lieutenant Edward Walsh and firefighter…

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NFPA announces 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award winner

By Lisa Braxton NFPA has selected Sherrie Leeka, Public Education Officer for the Westminster Fire Department, Westminster, CO, the 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Leeka will be recognized at NFPA’s Conference & Expo , the premier…

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