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“Fire does not discriminate”: Mayor’s death rattles community

By Fred Durso, Jr. Late last month, Rick Davis, mayor of Caruthersville, Missouri, died of apparent smoke inhalation from a fire in his home. A news report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch states he was on the job for only…

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Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app wins a Parents’ Choice Award

Sparky’s® Birthday Surprise, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) storybook app, was selected as a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media. Source:: NFPA – News Releases

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Powerful op-ed on child fire deaths also makes a poignant plea for sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Pam Elliott, before and after a house fire that burned her when she was five years old (Photos: courtesy of Common Voices) To curb the more than 200 annual deaths of children killed in car backup…

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September and October are peak months for fires in college housing

With the fall school semester around the corner, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds students to be mindful of fire safety. September and October are peak months for fires in college housing, according to NFPA research, and the Center…

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New NFPA report underscores fire deaths of the physically disabled and impact of sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Physical disabilities can delay or thwart a person’s chances of safely escaping a burning building. New data on just how many fatal fire incidences have impacted this population provides yet another reason why home fire sprinklers…

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