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Between two serious home fires that occurred over the past few days, smoke alarms saved the lives of 8 people.

In Tampa, FL, smoke alarms alerted a family of seven to a fire that broke out in their home overnight. While all members – one adult and six children - were able to escape safely, the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene.

“ …no price can be put on the lives of the seven people who escaped unscathed,” said Tampa Fire Marshal Milton Jenkins. “This is a testament to the value and necessity of smoke alarms being installed in residential homes.”

In Mono, ON, a man awoke to the sound of smoke alarms and safely escaped his home, which burned to the ground in the hours that followed.House fire

“The homeowner actually woke up to the smoke alarm and had to go out his bedroom window,” said Rosemont Fire Lieutenant Daniel Hawkins. “He was on the main floor, heard the smoke detector and left. That just goes to show smoke detectors save lives.”

For more information about properly installing and maintaining smoke alarms, check out NFPA's smoke alarm safety tips sheet.

Safety SourceThe May issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; 

  • NFPA launches new Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program: The program's behaviors and strategies are guided by research related to fire safety messaging and young children, including using positively framed messages, opportunities for active engagement and encouragement of family involvement.  
  • Updated smoke alarm tip sheet reaches wider audiences
  • May is Electrical Safety Month
  • Mother's Day e-card and activities
  • Fire service online quiz
  • NFPA Journal's Haunted by fire 

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NFPA News The May issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • free webinar on changes during the 2014 Tech Session
  • Proposed TIAs seeking comment on NFPA 45, 70, and 1952
  • Errata issued on NFPA 70, 260, 921, 1006
  • Standards Forum
  • Tech Session schedule and agenda available
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar

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