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Keep this Thanksgiving a fire-safe one by using extra caution in the kitchen tomorrow. That’s the main message behind KCWY13-TV’s local news coverage on Thanksgiving safety, which reinforces the increased potential for cooking fires, along with tips and recommendations for ensuring a fire-safe holiday.

A special thanks to Justin Smith, captain of Fire-EMS in Casper, Wyoming, and chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition, who was interviewed for this story and helped ensure that accurate statistics and safety recommendations were included.

Have a happy, fire-safe Thanksgiving, everyone!

Larry Iseminger Jr.
Maryland, one of two states with statewide sprinkler requirements (California is the other), has seen a 20-percent decrease in fire fatalities in 2014 over last year. That's a decline from 55 fire deaths in 2013 to 44 this year. 

"Maryland's fire service is cautiously optimistic with this year's data," said State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci in a news release. "Everyone must remain vigilant in their fire prevention efforts to continue this trend. An estimated 80 percent of all structure fires in Maryland occur in what most assume to be the safest places--our homes."

The state is apparently seeing successes from deciding to enact sprinkler requirements in all of Maryland's counties. Learn more about these successes by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.


At approximately 11:13 a.m. on November 26, 1983, a series of explosions and subsequent fires occurred at the site of the New York Pyrotechnics Products Co. plant in the Town of Brookhaven New, York.  Two employees working on the plant site at the time of the explosions were killed. In addition, 24 persons in areas surrounding the plant site were injured.

The two critical factors in this incident were the combination of the lack of adequate building, trailer and vehicle separation coupled with their quantity loading which permitted the initial explosion/fire to initiate a series of explosions and fire which eventually involved buildings, trailers and vehicles throughout the manufacturing portion of the plant.

For the full NFPA's Fire Investigation report.  

Wildfire blogMany Firewise Communities, whose residents have banded together to take measures to protect their properties from the threat of wildfire, have the same question: what defines success? 

Lucian Deaton, who manages the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities programs in NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division, has been asked the question many times. Deaton shares some of his thoughts on the matter in his new column, "Measures of Success," in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal. 

While even beginning the conversation in a community constitutes some level of success, "the ultimate goal is a community that believes in the aspiration of the effort and sees itself empowered through such social change," Deaton writes. "To capture the true impact of preparedness, though, the metrics should explore what those activities have accomplished and influenced."

To read the full column, visit 

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