Means of Escape in Residential Fires

The tragedy in Philadelphia two weeks ago where 12 individuals lost their lives in a two-family home fire underscores the importance of exit requirements in residential buildings (examples of residential occupancies include one-and two-family dwellings, apartments, hotels, and board and…

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New 10-Year Strategy from the U.S. Forest Service to Tackle Wildfire Hazardous Fuel Issue

On January 18, the federal government announced plans to seriously tackle the hazardous fuels that feed that nation’s wildfire crisis. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has long acknowledged the problem created by the dead trees, overgrown undergrowth and brush left…

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CRR Week: An opportunity to reflect on your leadership

On January 25, NFPA is hosting a virtual event, Leadership for Emergency Responders, which will provide opportunities to dig into three dimensions of leadership specific to emergency responders: personal, technical and community leadership. My colleagues, Meredith Hawes and Chelsea Rubadou,…

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Take action to protect homes and neighborhoods on May 7 during Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Research shows risks can be lessened when we invest time in preparing our homes and landscaping to reduce the damage caused by embers during a wildfire. That’s why NFPA and State Farm are pleased to announce the launch of Wildfire…

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NFPA resources speak to fire and life safety issues as the nation grapples with catastrophic residential fires in Philly and the Bronx

Sunday’s fire in the Bronx, N.Y. represents the second most deadly U.S. home fire in nearly 40 years. The tragedy comes on the heels of another harrowing incident in Philadelphia just four days ago. Approximately 100 miles away from each other, the…

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It Is Time to Do More: Community Risk Reduction

Recent news out of Philadelphia tells a tragic story about the devastating fire in which 12 people died on Wednesday. While investigators work to uncover the cause of the fire and neighbors mourn those who perished, this tragedy is truly…

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Do cats cause home fires and, if so, how often?

When I saw a news story in the Washington Post the other day titled, “Your Cat Could Burn Your House Down, Korean Officials Warn after 107 Fires Sparked by Felines,” I was curious to learn more. What were these crazy…

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Tragic Philly home fire kills 13, underscoring the dangers of fire and importance of working smoke alarms

It’s never a good day when you get an email like this. “Hello, we have had a tragic day in Philadelphia. Thirteen people, including seven children, died in a row home fire. Twenty-one people were living in two apartments in…

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Nearly one-third of Christmas tree fires occur in January

Nearly one-third (30 percent) of U.S. home fires involving Christmas trees occur in January. With this post-holiday fire hazard in mind, NFPA strongly encourages people to remove Christmas trees from their homes as soon as possible if they haven’t done…

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NFPA begins exclusive safety-focused content collaboration with vipHomeLink

NFPA and vipHomeLink have joined forces so that NFPA’s vast array of fire and electrical safety information is shared via vipHomeLink’s digital home management platform. vipHomeLink provides a customized digital home engagement and claims prevention platform so that homeowners are…

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