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Smoke alarms were credited with reducing the potential damage in a Maine apartment building on Wednesday, September 23, according to the Kennebec Journal.

“There is no doubt that if detectors were not in place that this would have been a much more significant fire,” said Fire Chief Roger Audette. “I cannot say enough about smoke detectors.” The chief said that there were no injuries and only minimal damage in the area of the fire. Smoke_Alarms_04_0963-fin

The improper disposal of a candle in a trashcan led to the ignition that set off the alarm, and firefighters were able to respond within minutes and control the situation.

This is a timely reminder about the importance of smoke alarms as this week is Fire Prevention Week, which kicked off October 4 and runs through October 10. This year’s theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Audette referenced Fire Prevention Week, stating “this is a good reminder for people to check and maintain their detectors.”

Read the full story from the Kennebec Journal and check out NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week materials online. 

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is happy to announce the addition of two new project managers, Dan Gorham and Sreenivasan (Sreeni) Ranganathan.  Both are familiar faces at NFPA as Dan comes to us from the Industrial & Chemical Engineering Group, and Sreeni has been the Foundation’s co-op employee since January.  They bring diverse backgrounds and strong skills in support of the work of the Research Foundation. 

Dan has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland both in Fire Protection Engineering, and has completed the NCESS Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.  Dan has multiple structural and wildland fire fighter certifications and fire fighting experience in both arenas.  He was the staff liaison for multiple NFPA codes and standards across a range of diverse technical topics.

Sreeni is currently on track to complete his Ph.D. in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester  Polytechnic Institute later in 2016.  He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras India, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the N.S.S. College of Engineering in Palakkad, India.  Sreeni brings solid technical skills to our staff with strengths on combustion and explosion protection, thermal and fluids. 

Dan and Sreeni will each take on multiple research projects conducted by the Foundation in support of the NFPA mission.

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