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Milwaukee fire death underscores need for working smoke alarms

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By Susan McKelvey

While smoke alarm success stories are powerful reminders of the potentially life-saving difference working smoke alarms can make, there are just as many home fire incidents in the news where dead or missing smoke alarm batteries, or a lack of smoke alarms altogether, carry deadly consequences.

That was the case in Milwaukee, WI, early yesterday morning, when a man died after a kitchen fire broke out in his apartment. There were no working smoke alarms in the unit.

According to Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski of the Milwaukee Fire Department, yesterday’s fire death represents an unfortunate pattern for the …read more

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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