Carbon monoxide alarm alerts residents to hazardous grilling mistake

By nfpa@jiveon.com A carbon monoxide (CO) alarm alerted two Madison, Wisconsin, residents to a potentially life-threatening situation earlier this week. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, firefighters found out the couple had used two charcoal grills a few Source:: NFPA…

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News story underscores the importance of replacing smoke alarms every 10 years (and this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme!)

By nfpa@jiveon.com Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years – that was the key message behind a news story that aired yesterday on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh’s CBS news affiliate. It also happens to be the theme for this year’s…

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Summer season: peak time for grilling fires

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, home chefs everywhere are reaching for their grills, eager to usher in the long-awaited barbecue season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that grillers pay particular attention to safety in the spring and summer…

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‘Tis the season to keep grilling fire safety in mind

By nfpa@jiveon.com As Memorial Day weekend approaches, home chefs everywhere are reaching for their grills, eager to usher in the long-awaited barbecue season (admit it, I know you’re one of them!). To that end, NFPA recommends that grillers pay particular…

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Homebuilder group uses misinformation to downplay importance of home fire sprinklers

By nfpa@jiveon.com “Smoke Alarms, Not Sprinkler Mandates, says NAHB.” This title appeared in a recent post on the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) blog. The post summarized a column written by NAHB for the new issue of Fire Protection…

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NFPA, IAFC and NVFC launch 2016 Safety Stand Down Quiz Sweepstakes

As part of the 2016 Safety Stand Down, the “Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz” Sweepstakes is back. Hosted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in coordination with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer…

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ESFI reinforces proper use of extension cords to reduce risk of electrical fires

By nfpa@jiveon.com At home or at work, all of us at one time or another have used extension cords to power up a lamp or TV, computers, our electronics and other gadgets. But did you know that if you use…

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Town with a long-standing sprinkler ordinance witnesses benefits–and a “near miss”

By nfpa@jiveon.com When looking for proof of the life-saving benefits of ordinances for home fire sprinklers, people point to Prince George’s County. Requiring sprinklers in all of its new homes since 1992, the county hasn’t had a single fire death…

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Sparky is featured attraction during school visit

By nfpa@jiveon.com Maple Ridge Fire Department in British Columbia, paid a visit recently to Meadowridge School. In addition to learning about firefighters’ protective gear, the kindergartners enjoyed a viewing of Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, a free app on Source:: NFPA –…

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NFPA updates its educational messaging around sleeping with a door closed

By nfpa@jiveon.com Should you sleep with your bedroom door opened or closed? It’s a straightforward question, but the answer isn’t quite so clear-cut. Many variables, including where people sleep in their homes and the location of their smoke alarms, make…

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