One of the most rewarding parts of promoting Fire Prevention Week is seeing just how far and wide its messages spread. Check out this picture of our FPW banner, which was taken in Dripping Springs, TX (pop. 1,788). Happy FPW, Dripping Springs!
According to The Clarion Ledger, a fire in a Mississippi State University women's residence hall displaced 198 students Sunday night. No injuries were reported.The fire on the third floor of the four-story residence hall was apparently caused by a candle burning in one of the rooms, a violation of the university housing policy. In addition to fire and smoke damage, the residence hall has extensive water damage.
NFPA’s Candle Safety tip sheet reminds us that flameless candles are a safe alternative. They look and smell like real candles. The College Campus Fire Safety tip sheet offers a number of important reminders as well.
You can review all of our safety tips on the NFPA website.
The President of the United States has proclaimed October 5 through October 11, 2014, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 12, the United States flag will be flown at half staff at all federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. President Barack Obama is calling on all Americans to participate in FPW with appropriate programs and activities.
Surgical fires are fires that occur in, on, or around a patient undergoing a medical or surgical procedure. An estimated 550 to 650 surgical fires occur in the United States each year. Despite the fact that the root causes of surgical fires are well understood, they still occur. The initiative provides information on surgical fires, videos, checklists, and resources and tools for preventing surgical fires. The initiative is celebrating its third anniversary.