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Local summit hosted by fire sprinkler coalition brings fire service and homebuilders under one roof

By Fred Durso, Jr. A live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration took place during a recent sprinkler summit hosted by the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition Local, educational summits initiated by a number of state sprinkler coalitions have been placing a regional spin…

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Sparky checks of bucket list items #10 and #11: Visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial

By Audrey Cooney Sparky checked off two items when he visited Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, both in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Construction on the Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to Native Americans, was started…

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We’d like your thoughts on the fire dangers of lightweight construction

By Fred Durso, Jr. NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative has extensively covered the concerns of modern, homebuilding materials and home furnishings under fire. For instance: we’ve created a widely popular PowerPoint presentation underscoring research on how rapidly today’s homes burn and…

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NFPA’s new tip sheet on security bars: how to be safe from crime and fire

By Lisa Braxton Some years ago, when I was looking to rent the first floor of a three-family house in New Britain, Connecticut, I noticed that the apartment came with security bars on the interior windows. I didn’t understand the…

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Sparky checks off bucket list item #9: Join the Army and train at the McCrady Training Center

By Audrey Cooney Sparky checked of yet another bucket list item by joining members of the National Guard at the McCrady Training Center in South Carolina. Sparky got to participate in training exercises and even ride in a tank! Sparky…

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After NFPA chatted with a series of homebuilders, this is what we found

By Fred Durso, Jr. NFPA staff joined the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) at this year’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. During the show’s expo, HFSC enticed industry experts to its booth by offering free, face-to-face discussions on home…

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Weekend smoke alarm installation drive planned in Illinois community

By Lisa Braxton The Champaign Fire Department in Central Illinois is teaming up with the city’s Neighborhood Services Department and volunteers to install smoke alarms Saturday in high-risk areas. According to WAND-TV, firefighters and volunteers will meet with residents from…

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Fire spray challenge is another dangerous activity

By Lisa Braxton It’s called the Fire Spray Challenge, a viral trend in which teens use aerosols and lighters to create streams of fire, and record their reactions for Snapchat or Instagram videos. According to the New York Daily News,…

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NFPA prohibits the use of sky lanterns

By Lisa Braxton For centuries, in many parts of the world, sky lanterns have been launched for play or as part of long-established festivals. That tradition continues; their popularity has increased in recent years. However, sky lanterns pose a serious…

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NFPA launches Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund at Oklahoma State University, University of Maryland and Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical and related hazards, has created the NFPA Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund to further fire protection engineering (FPE) education and research at Oklahoma State University,…

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