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Lisa Marie Sinatra
Since the early 2000s, the media has reported on  deaths from electric shock drowning (ESD), yet many people say they have never heard about this troubling trend. ESD can occur in swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, marinas, lakes and ponds, and it happens when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water. The current then passes through… (Show more)
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meredith hawes
May 17th marked the very first Fire Safety Summit in Ames, Iowa.  The Iowa State University campus provided a beautiful backdrop as over 60 attendees from across the state rolled in for a diverse line-up of topics on the agenda, including state updates on carbon monoxide and fireworks. On site that day were NFPA representatives from the divisions… (Show more)
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Lisa Braxton
In Iowa, the Dubuque Fire Department reports that lint in a dryer exhaust duct started an early morning fire recently at a mobile home. Firefighters were able to quickly locate the fire under the mobile home and extinguish it. According to KCRG-TV9, the homeowner told authorities he heard the smoke alarm was able to escape unharmed from the mobile… (Show more)
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Lisa Braxton
This week kicks off National Safe Boating Week, part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign, which focuses on spreading the message of boating safety and encouraging boater education. Promoting life jacket wear by every boater is the leading goal of the campaign. The campaign traces its history to a resolution prepared by the U.S. Coast Guard… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Rain may have been in the forecast for many parts of North America on Saturday, May 19. However, it did not dampen efforts to finally give home fire sprinklers the widespread attention this technology deserves.    More than 50 events in 25 U.S. states and Canadian provinces took place on or around North America's first Home Fire Sprinkler… (Show more)
Fred Durso
Photo: Twitter Five children lost their lives during a Greensboro, North Carolina, residential fire this month. News reports state that the two boys and three girls, ranging in age from 18 months to nine years old, were refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fire started in the kitchen, and the home did not have working smoke alarms,… (Show more)
Lisa Braxton
Fire and life safety professionals are known to utter these words: Choose a device that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory or Check the device for the label of a nationally recognized testing laboratory. From time to time they may have a need for professional product, equipment, process or chemical testing, inspection and evaluation… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Whether or not you're hosting or attending one of the many events on Home Fire Sprinkler Day, here's a simple way of getting the media's attention: write a letter to the editor.   NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have developed a free template you can use. If you're hosting a sprinkler event in your area, the… (Show more)
Fred Durso
You may have heard that new homes burn faster than homes built decades ago, but why is that the case?   A recent news story from Arizona offers an explanation. One component is the material used to build new homes. "When homes were built out of heavy timbers and nominal lumber--like when a 2-by-4 was a 2-by-4 ... and floor joists were solid… (Show more)
Lisa Braxton
Airbnb hosts rent all or part of their home to guests as an alternative to traditional hotels or other hospitality settings. A new study in the journal Injury Prevention evaluating Airbnb fire safety finds that 20 percent of Airbnb’s in Washington, D.C. might not have smoke alarms. The study evaluated listings of amenities in Airbnb properties in… (Show more)
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