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Cathy Longley
Download and share this new fact sheet   Hostile events are our sad, new reality. Active shootings and mass killings fill our news feeds on a regular basis.   According to the FBI, the U.S. witnessed 160 hostile events that killed 486 and wounded 557 (not including suspect injuries or deaths) from 2000-2013. These tragic incidents robbed families… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Media stories have been filtering out of Illinois following the passage of a fire sprinkler requirement for new homes in Rock Island. Late last year, its city council voted on a building code update which included adopting a provision to sprinkler one- and two-family dwellings. Rock Island already requires fire sprinklering three-family homes and… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
NPFA and FEMA have opportunities for youth to learn about and get involved in preparedness activities.   FEMA announced that it is seeking applicants for the Youth Preparedness Council, which brings together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A 28-year-old father and two of his children, ages 5 and 6, died last month in a New Jersey home fire. Reports have indicated that the home did not have any smoke alarms or fire sprinklers--safety features that a local safety advocate says "could have prevented this horrific outcome."    In a letter to The Daily Journal, David Kurasz, executive… (Show more)
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Cathy Prudhomme
Within the suburbs and foothills west of Denver, CO, West Metro Fire Rescue has been engaged in wildfire education and outreach since 2007; their efforts have produced two Firewise USA™ sites, but like the majority of fire departments, fuels reduction projects are often limited by capacity and funding. Knowing collaboration and creativity are… (Show more)
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Sreenivasan Ranganathan
In the event of a fire, a sloped ceiling may alter sprinkler performance from expected results for a conventional horizontal ceiling configuration. This webinar will address the storage protection under sloped ceilings. A detailed computational study using the CFD code FireFOAM has been performed to understand ceiling configuration effects… (Show more)
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Kristin Bigda
Since February is half over I can now say we are closer to March, which means we are closer to spring, which means warmer weather. But, who’s counting?  But, until then, the inevitable cold winter weather means a more frequent use of portable electric heaters (space heaters) and other heating appliances to get us through. While it may seem like a… (Show more)
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Gregory Harrington
Spire London – Image via Greenland Group When I look at my new copy of the 2018 edition of the Life Safety Code, there's a sense of accomplishment for the fire protection and life safety community in advancing the safety of building occupants from the effects of fire. Indeed, fire deaths are unusual in buildings in which the code’s requirements… (Show more)
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Joy Rodowicz
Ninety years ago, 14 men lost their lives and 11 people were injured when a large fire and explosion occurred at an oil refinery located in Everett, Massachusetts.     From the NFPA Quarterly, v.21, no.4, 1928   At 3:03 P.M. on February 10, 1928, a vaporizer exploded, showering burning oil upon all employees in the vicinity. A portion of the… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Looking for examples of how fire sprinklers have saved lives and limited property damage? You're in luck.    NFPA's new report, "Sprinkler Successes in One- and Two-Family Homes and Apartments," documents actual incidents across the U.S. of fire sprinkler activations and its life-saving impacts. Here's an example of one of the report's anecdotes:… (Show more)
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Angelo Verzoni
Photo: Milo Ventimiglia via Twitter   In January, the hit NBC drama series "This Is Us" aired the first in a string of episodes that highlighted critical fire safety messages such as the importance of replacing smoke alarm batteries. The show, which is watched by upwards of 10 million people, managed to spark a nationwide conversation about fire… (Show more)
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James Pauley
  Last week NFPA introduced EFFECT™ (the Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool) to help building owners and managers assess risk in their properties, and stem the tide of fires in high-rise structures with combustible cladding. Now, coming on the heels of that release, we see yet another harrowing example of a building with combustible… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
According to NFPA's "U.S. Fire Death Rates by State" report released last year, South Carolina has one of the highest in the nation; its fire death rate was ranked seventh in the nation. Eight of the 10 states with the highest fire death rates between 2011 and 2015 were in the South.    Safety advocates are confident that the best way to remove… (Show more)
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