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How an Illinois fire chief became a powerful spokesperson for home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. When Chief Mike Figolah signed on with the Mount Prospect Fire Department, he became a strong supporter of their NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, ordinance passed in…

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Grilling your way safely into fall and winter

By LisaMarie Sinatra Like many of you know, as soon as the leaves change color here in New England, it’s time to pull out the sweaters, pack up the patio furniture and store the grill. But more and more it…

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Fire department surpasses goal in smoke alarm installations

By Lisa Braxton Lynn Fire Department headquarters in Lynn, Massachusetts, will be the site of an awards ceremony next week featuring the mayor, the state fire marshal, and nine students being honored for their creativity in promoting fire safety awareness.…

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Understanding hydraulic requirements in NFPA 13D

By Fred Durso, Jr. A common question we receive through NFPA’s technical advisory services for NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, involves the hydraulic calculation of the system. Unlike NFPA 13, Installation…

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New Red Cross Home Fire Campaign focuses on smoke alarms and escape plans

By Lauren Backstrom The American Red Cross Home Fire campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Along with installing smoke alarms, the Red…

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Ontario’s new carbon monoxide alarm regulation goes into effect

By Lisa Braxton Starting today, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are required in nearly all Ontario homes. According to the Toronto Sun, Bill 77 updates the Ontario Fire Code to mandate the use of carbon monoxide warning devices in houses, condos,…

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Revisiting electrical fire safety on campus

By LisaMarie Sinatra We’re into October now and for many of you, that means Homecoming Weekend is right around the corner. This particular weekend is definitely one of the most fun for college students because of the many parties and…

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Washington house fire kept tenable thanks to sprinkler activation

By Fred Durso, Jr. An alarming 32 deaths from house fires occurred during the week of October 5, bringing the total number of media-reported civilian fire deaths this year to nearly 1,800, per a weekly report released by the U.S.…

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A fire department celebrates a happy FPW

By Lisa Braxton Fire officials with Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One in Washington State are pleased with the public’s response to this week’s Fire Prevention Week activities. The department teamed up with Domino’s Pizza to deliver fire safety messages…

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New fire marshal plans to reduce fire deaths by making home fire sprinklers a priority

By Fred Durso, Jr. News reports indicate that civilian fire deaths in West Virginia rank among the highest in the nation. Understanding that home fire sprinklers can dramatically reduce these deaths, Anthony Carrico plans to prioritize the use of these…

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