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Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – March 4, 2011

Selected Fire Prevention related articles appearing in the past week from scores of e-sources in the news media. Updated each Monday morning.

  1. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts
  2. Campus Fire Safety
  3. CO Detectors
  4. Inspections/Code enforcement
  5. Smoke Alarms
  6. Sprinklers
  7. Wildland Fire Safety
  8. Other Fire Safety News
  9. Saves
  10. International News

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 02/28/2011

Campaigns/ Fire Prevention Efforts

  1. Fire Prevention Campaign – It’s only February and already 25 lives have been taken by fatal fires here in Ohio. Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Rich Palmer of the State Fire Marshals Office spoke at the Zanesville Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their …
  2. Sumter to beef up kids’ fire education – Instead the trailer will be brought into communities, fire officials said. The program consists of smoke alarm education, distribution and installation, fire extinguishers, juvenile fire -setting, community CPR and first aid and home inspections
  3. WGNO Teams Up To Launch “Operation Save A Life” And Help Get Working Smoke … WGNO News has teamed up with the State Fire Marshal, Home Depot, and smoke alarm manufacturer Kidde to launch “Operation Save A Life.” “This is the first statewide, I mean complete statewide smoke detector installation compliance campaign in …

Campus Fire Safety

  1. Extra stairwell to cost NAU $9M Campus facilities chief Jane Kuhn said the stairs would bring the building into compliance with the strictest interpretation of fire codes according to the International Code Council, which pointed out the deficiencies.
  2. University to promote emergency preparedness Topics of presentations include behavioral threat assessment, business continuity planning, multi-hazard emergency planning, response from disease outbreaks, evacuation tips, campus fire safety. The lunchtime presentation will teach attendees how to.

CO Detectors

  1. Tuesday Is One-Year Anniversary of Carbon Monoxide Detector Law – For Ken Hansen, the death of his 16-year-old daughter Amanda from carbon monoxide poisoning is a nightmare that he can’t wake up from. At 8:30 am on Jan. 17, 2009, Hansen received a call from his daughter’s friend’s father, …
  2. AR house bill to require carbon monoxide detectors if passed – House Bill 1385 was sent to the senate for a vote. This bill will require all new homes built after January 1, 2012 to have a low voltage carbon monoxide detector installed. The bill states where the …
  3. Windsor volunteers work to provide carbon monoxide detectors – The Windsor Community Foundation, the Windsor-Severance Fire Department and students from Windsor High School are preparing to participate in a safety survey for the Lauren Project. …

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Gunter residents allowed to stay The Maryland State Fire Marshal‘s Office announced Friday that it had imposed an order for the four-story building with basement to be vacated because Failinger had failed to bring the fire alarm system into compliance with the state fire prevention …
  2. City Council agrees to push back fire code vote Whitmire says the fire code that calls for a sprinkler system is about public safety and some Council Members agree. Alfano says the national code would “grandfather in” existing clubs. Some still ask why only nightclubs? “There’s no sprinkler in the …
  3. Extra stairwell to cost NAU $9M Campus facilities chief Jane Kuhn said the stairs would bring the building into compliance with the strictest interpretation of fire codes according to the International Code Council, which pointed out the deficiencies. …
  4. Mt. Juliet adds fire inspections – WEMA does not have anyone on staff certified to perform fire inspections and would require additional personnel and funding to be able to start a fire inspection program such as that in Mt. Juliet, WEMA Director John Jewell said.

Smoke Alarms

  1. Please, please use smoke detectors – We in the fire service cannot stress enough the importance of early detection of a fire , especially in the home. It is recommended that one smoke detector be installed on each level of the home as well as one in each bedroom, and that a carbon monoxide ..
  2. Free smoke detectors available for senior citizens in Northampton – A limited number of free smoke detectors will be available for senior citizens who live in Northampton. The smoke detectors were purchased from grant money received by the Northampton Fire Department. …
  3. Free smoke detectors for seniors – Smoke detectors can make a difference between life and death during a fire, and now the Northampton Fire Department is giving out free smoke detectors to seniors who need them.
  4. State announces sweep of smoke alarm giveaways – “Too often, we hear of fire deaths in the news, and the deaths often occur in homes without operable smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives. “We urge all who have smoke alarms in their homes to test them every month and to replace their batteries …
  5. Lawmakers Talk Smoke Detectors – Keeping travelers safe when they decide to spend a night at a hotel or motel is the idea behind a statute in the Illinois House of Representatives. Under the Smoke Detector Act that is already in place, there is no provision to prosecute those lodging …
  6. Program makes free smoke detectors available – Pratt Firefighter Taylor Schmidt installs a smoke detector as part of a program to provide free smoke detectors to qualified homeowners. Free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are available to qualified homeowners through a new …
  7. City of Sharon launches smoke alarm giveaway in Sound the Alarm program – We are here to help and we want to do everything we can to keep everyone in our community safe from fire ,” Eddings said. For more information or to request and schedule a smoke alarm installation and home safety inspection, contact Sharon City Hall at …
  8. ABC-TV donates smoke detectors – Low income residents of northern and central New Jersey will be eligible to receive smoke detectors thanks to the donation of 15000 smoke detectors by WABC-TV Channel 7. The state Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Fire …
  9. Tri-state fathers push to require certain smoke detectors in all Ohio homes – We all have smoke detectors in our homes, but are the detectors the correct types? “Both of our kids were in the prime of their lives, and they’re not with us anymore,” said Dean Dennis. …

Sprinklers

  1. Firestorm persists over sprinklers – Chattanooga An attempt under way by the Chattanooga City Council to reduce the city’s liability in case of a nightclub fire may have backfired, national officials say. The city is in the process of adopting new sprinkler rules for existing nightclubs, …
  2. Bill providing homebuyer choice on sprinkler systems goes to Missouri Senate One lawmaker said he didn’t understand why anyone would install sprinklers, Ennis said. “It’s obvious to me that anybody that would make a statement like that probably doesn’t understand fire development and what a sprinkler system can do for that,”
  3. Home sprinkler requirement under fire – A requirement in the state building code that new single-family homes must have a sprinkler system just took effect on January 1. But the sprinkler requirement could soon be …
  4. Final report released on sprinkler water supply issues Designed to provide guidance and information for water authorities, a new Fire Protection Research Foundation report describes the results of a study examining water usage and water meter performance during residential sprinkler system actuation. Often, these issues are barriers to implementing residential sprinkler requirements because the water authority is not equipped with the facts. The report includes results of a survey of fire departments on their average use of water at single family home fire…
  5. Demo shows the power of sprinklers in homes – This exercise demonstrates flashover, fire department response time, and the effectiveness of fire sprinklers. One room is protected by a fire sprinkler.
  6. Sprinkler mandate includes mobile homes 1 to contain a residential sprinkler system. The town already requires sprinklers in multi-family dwellings, condos and apartments. McGean noted the most recent house fire in Ocean City took place in a mobile home. “I would point out the last fire …
  7. Bel Air passes mandatory fire sprinkler law; town was lone holdout in Harford The town of Bel Air joined the rest of Harford County Tuesday in adopting requirements for fire suppression sprinklers in all new residential construction. Several members of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company attended a public …
  8. Fire sprinklers key to home safety – As the recent fatal fire in Woodbridge demonstrates, installing smoke detectors and creating an emergency response plan are two very important steps to help citizens in the event of a fire. However, neither of these actions actively work to keep a fire .
  9. SFD, HFSC provide residential sprinkler demonstration – A model room equipped with a sprinkler system (left) waits to be set ablaze as another with no sprinkler burns during a demonstration put on by the Shreveport Fire Department and the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition at the Shreveport ..
  10. Mobile Home Sprinklers OK’d For Ocean City – The town’s building codes were tweaked this week now that sprinkler system requirements will include mobile homes. In December, the Mayor and City Council approved the adoption of the 2009 International Building Code and the International …

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Officials warn of fire safety – Recent warmer weather not only is raising the spirits of winter-weary West Virginians, it also is raising the risk of forest fires throughout the state. In the past week, forest fires have occurred in Berkeley, Boone, Clay, Hampshire, …
  2. Simple Steps Can Help Prevent Wildfires at Home The recent string of wildfires has prompted officials remind Valley residents about fire safety outside the home and say the steps homeowners can take are surprisingly simple. FireWise Virginia, part of the Department of Forestry, offers suggestions …
  3. Firewise DeBary community becomes nationally known. One DeBary community made steps to become a nationally recognized Firewise community this Feb. 25. The DeBary Golf and Country Club community sits next to thick woods. Homeowners have seen the damage a brushfire can do and decided to take action before …
  4. Fire Wise Landscapes Essential for Mountain Homes Anyone living in a rural area should have a fire-wise landscape. The most important aspect of a fire-wise landscape is a defensible space around structures. Defensible space allows firefighters room to work. This doesn’t have to be an area cleared and …

Other Fire Safety News

  1. Milltown considers using county for fire prevention – Borough officials are looking at the feasibility of entering into a shared services agreement with Middlesex County for fire prevention. County Fire Marshal Mike Gallagher came to the Borough Council meeting on Feb. …
  2. Fire group presents first award – Engeljohn said that he is “very big on fire education.” All students in his community receive a smoke alarm . A young boy lost his life in a fire and Engeljohn said that he responded to the scene and attempted to make entry to the home to try to save …
  3. Agency Makes Push on Children’s Fire Safety – State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the NC Office of State Fire Marshal are joining a public push to keep children safe from fires. A national report released Feb. 14 shows that young children are especially vulnerable to
  4. The Meridian Building Fire 20 Years Later – What followed was a series of missteps that led to a US Fire Administration report that called for drastic changes in fire monitoring, firefighting and building to prevent fires. The government report found that water supply issues, heavy smoke and .
  5. Focus on fire safety: As we age we must adjust emergency planning The Edwards Air Force Base Fire Department can help you with all of these topics. We may also perform a workplace fire safety inspection.
  6. Boy playing with lighter causes Md. house fire State Fire Marshal Deputy Chief Jason Mowbray says the boy was not injured. Authorities say when firefighters arrived, an upstairs bedroom was engulfed in flames, which were shooting into the hallway. The blaze was brought under control in about 15 …
  7. Fire safety rules have changed – You might want to rethink what you were told as a child about fire safety before passing it along. In a fire safety presentation given to home schooled children and the Lower Pottsgrove Moms Club Monday at the …
  8. Clowning Around: McKinney firefighter honored for unique approach to fire … Certain days in October as set aside as part of Fire Prevention Month. That’s when he hangs up his gear and takes on the identity of “Hoser the Clown” to travel to McKinney ISD elementary schools spreading the message of fire safety. …
  9. Winchester Fire Chief awarded education award – Winchester Fire Chief John Nash may have quietly done more for fire education in the Commonwealth than any other chief by allowing his fire prevention officer the freedom to not only create innovative programs and partnerships within …
  10. Deadly Fire Investigated at Day Care in Houston A state agency is seeking to find out whether the operator left the children on their own before the blaze.

Saves

  1. Bed-Ridden Woman Saved From House Fire By Husband A loving husband and a smoke detector are being credited for saving a bed-ridden woman from a burning home. Fire officials in Murfreesboro responded to an older couple’s home on Londerry Drive around 5 pm Monday.
  2. Smoke alarm alerts homeowner to fire in Lincoln County The Tea Fire Department says working smoke alarms were able to wake a Lincoln County homeowner up Thursday morning as a fire was filling her home with smoke. The Tea Fire Department was called to a fire at 47122 273rd Street in Lincoln County around …
  3. Girardville Fire Chief: Smoke Alarms Saved Lives That’s how hot it was on the floor of that building,” said Girardville Fire Chief Frank Zangari. Inside the burned-out homes, you could still hear a lone smoke alarm sounding. “We put our smoke alarms in these buildings in October, November as part of …
  4. Elderly Couple Escapes Large House Fire in Sun City An elderly couple escapes from a fire that destroyed their Sun City home early Thursday morning. The couple said they ran out of the home without any shoes on after awakening to the smell of smoke and the sound of their smoke alarm.
  5. Smoke alarm alerts Covington woman to fire in home A smoke alarm alerted a Covington woman to a fire in her home early Sunday morning and she managed to escape unharmed. The alarm went off around 2:25 am as the woman was asleep in the home in the 26600 block of 190th Avenue Southeast, according to a …
  6. Smoke detector gets credit for saving 2 in Buena Vista A smoke detector woke a Buena Vista man just in time to save his son and himself, but the blaze destroyed his home, a fire official said. The Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department spent most of Sunday morning fighting flames streaming from the …

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Fire Escape Plans for Family Day Local fire officials are using the occasion of Family Day to encourage families to get together today and come up with a fire escape plan. Waterloo Fire Department public education officer, John Percy, tells 570 News, the family should draw up a floor
  2. Over 80000 families get visit on fire safety – CIVIL Defence Teams visited 86066 houses across the UAE during the first two months of the National Campaign for Families Domestic Safety to raise awareness among residents. “People spend most of their time at home and our core …
  3. Smoke alarms in rented homes may become law thanks to MP campaign The Torbay MP is currently trying to get his Fire Safety (Protection of Tenants) Bill, which would make smoke alarms a legal requirement in all rented properties, on to the statue book. He said he was horrified by the Derbyshire fire.
  4. Estonia to commission a large-scale fire safety survey – In the aftermath of the tragedy where ten children lost their life last week, Estonia will order a large-scale fire safety study that will involve about 200 nursing homes and hospitals.
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