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Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – March 8, 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

 

Campaigns/ Fire Prevention Efforts

  1. The National Fire Protection Association partners with Domino’s Pizza to deliver fire safety messag e Sparky the Fire Dog® asks public to focus on fire safety for his birthday
  2. City Room: Flame Jugglers and Firefighters, Now Actors The New York Times Members of The Flying Karamazov Brothers and the Fire Department of New York perform during filming of a public service announcement about fire safety at the Minetta Lane theater. …
  3. Domino’s Pizza joins fire safety awareness efforts Domino’s Pizza will honor Sparky the Fire Dog’s 60th birthday on March 18 by encouraging customers to focus on fire safety in the home. In participating markets across the country, Domino’s will utilize its pizza boxes to deliver the message of …
  4. Fire safety program targets Twin Cities youth A workshop in the Twin Cities this week aims to teach teachers the tools to raise awareness about fire safety. Dr. Robert Cole from the University of Rochester joined us on KARE 11 News Sunrise to fill us in on a program he developed called Play Safe! …
  5. Clinton Smoke Detector Program Goes Statewide – It started as a way to honor lives lost in a house fire , and save others at the same time. And now a program that began in Clinton last year is going statewide. Four people lost their lives in a house fire there in January of 2010, including two young …
  6. FEMA Aiding Fire Safety Campaign in Puerto Rico – The Puerto Rico Fire Department and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are also part of the new public awareness campaign. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Puerto Rico Fire Department, and the National Commission on Children …
  7. Fire Pals up with kids Fire Pals, or fire prevention and life safety, was started in Butte County 11 years ago by the Butte County/CAL FIRE employee Janet Upton, who is now the state fire department’s communications director. While children appear to have a blast listening …

Campus Fire Safety

  1. Federal Laws Aim to Prevent Future Dormitory Fires Bill Pascrell, Jr., sponsors of federal legislation aimed at making college student housing safer after a dorm fire at Seton Hall University, applauded the latest step in providing campus fire safety information to students living in dormitories and …
  2. JMU Freshman Get Hands-On Fire Training Resident Assistants at Potomac Hall also chip in to help. “We’re the people in the residence halls that parents trust to keep their kids safe,” said Cover Heishman, Hall Director. Students also learned how hard it was to escape a smoke-filled room. …

CO Detectors

  1. New Survey Regarding the Impact of Amanda’s Law Reveals Many New York Families … One year after New York’s carbon monoxide (CO) alarm legislation – “Amanda’s Law”– went into effect, a new survey on behalf of Kidde, the leading manufacturer of fire and CO safety products, found that nearly …

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Fire marshal: ‘No way’ fireworks will make Mainers safer The vote to table the bill and send it to a study group came after State Fire Marshal John Dean told members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee that, given his years of experience, he could not support legalizing fireworks in Maine. …
  2. VA Requires State Homes to Meet Current Life Safety Code The change ensures State Home facilities meet current industry standards for life safety and fire safety, according to VA’s notice. The 2009 edition is the current edition of the code; its next edition will come out in 2012. VA proposed updating from …
  3. Mobile home in fatal fire didn’t need to have smoke detector But, during those inspections, inspectors usually don’t go inside the homes. “They’re very important. Every residential occupancy should have one operating smoke detector,” said Ross Kelly, Bakersfield Fire Department. The Bakersfield Fire Department …
  4. Kansas schools face surge in fire code citations – Cash-strapped Kansas school districts are outraged by a costly surge in citations for fire code violations. A code that has been on the books since the 1970s calls for schools to block smoke from making its way into hallways so buildings can be …

Smoke Alarms

  1. 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.
  2. Clinton Smoke Detector Program Goes Statewide – It started as a way to honor lives lost in a house fire , and save others at the same time. And now a program that began in Clinton last year is going statewide. Four people lost their lives in a house fire there in January of 2010, including two young …
  3. Expand Talarm requirement to mobile homes The smoke detector they require today may be the fire they don’t have to extinguish tomorrow. Lives and property would be saved in the long run. In the meantime, help is available. The Bakersfield Fire Department will provide, install and maintain free …
  4. Working smoke detectors are key to saving lives – “If people first move into a home they might not think of it. They want to move all their furniture in and forgot about that one critical key thing to keep their family safe and that’s smoke detector,” Jim Sideras said. After a 52-year-old man and a …
  5. Volunteers install 1000 smoke alarms in Lincoln residences – Using a ladder, hammer and screwdriver, they installed a new smoke alarm , one with ionization and photoelectric technology and a 10-year battery. That alarm might save a life, Lincoln Fire and Rescue officials said Sunday. …

Sprinklers

  1. Pa. committee votes to remove home fire-sprinkler mandate – – The state House Labor and Industry Committee has approved legislation to exclude the fire sprinkler mandate from Pennsylvania’s construction code for …
  2. Pinetop Fire to back off on restrictive code – After earlier adopting a fire/building code that requires sprinkler systems in all new construction including residences, Pinetop Fire Department officials Wednesday said they would probably back off that stance. …
  3. Sprinkler requirement in new homes rejected – Fire officials countered that it could save lives — even though no such requirement is yet on the books. “We’re not preventing anyone from putting in sprinklers ,” said Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, the bill’s sponsor. “My overall concern is the sheer …
  4. Firefighters Support Possible Sprinkler Mandate In April, fire chiefs across the state will start a lengthy process of reviewing and possible changing state fire codes. First on their list is requiring newly-built, single-family homes to have sprinkler systems included. “Lightweight construction is …
  5. Fire sprinkler law extends to new mobile homes built in OC – All new mobile homes built for Ocean City residents with help from the Department of Housing and Urban Development are now required to have a residential fire sprinkler system. The Ocean City Council recently approved a measure extending …
  6. High Antifreeze Levels Found In Colorado Fire Sprinklers – Despite new guidelines from national fire experts, the CALL7 Investigators have discovered many fire sprinkler systems in condominiums, homes and apartments in Colorado have too much antifreeze, and that could be dangerous. …
  7. Tuesday fire topic of debate at legislature – But firefighters and those who install the sprinkler systems said data shows sprinklers can be affordable and save lives. ” Fire sprinklers are the equivalent of having firefighters living in the house 24/7,” said Leonard Lundby, a firefighter from …
  8. Fire Marshals, Builders At Odds Over Bill To Require Sprinklers In New Homes – Hartford “Everybody said smoke detectors were going to break the bank,” added Kevin J. Kowalski, Simsbury’s fire marshal. ” Sprinklers have been proven to save lives and they’re not as costly as they say they are.”
  9. Fire chiefs want sprinklers in all new single-family homes The Building Industry Association-Hawaii opposes a single-family home sprinkler requirement and argues that sprinklers will further inflate high prices for new homes that are already built with dramatically superior fire-safety features compared with …

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Spring Fire Safety – Brush fires will be increasing in the next few months and officials want you to be prepared. Firefighters say they see an increase in brush fires this time of year, because more people are burning piles of debris after cleaning their yards. …
  2. Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Wins 2010 Firewise Leadership Award February 28, 2011 — The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities program today announced the 2010 Firewise Leadership Award winners, recognizing the most significant local efforts in safeguarding people and communities from …
  3. Tips to reduce homes risk of wildfire Learn more to keep your family safe and reduce your home’s risk for wildfire damage at http://www.firewise.org. Find additional landscaping tips, checklists for preparing and maintaining your property, and fire-safe construction choices.
  4. State officials teach communities how to be Firewise For that reason, officials with the NC Division of Forest Resources are speaking with communities about the North Carolina Firewise Program, Haines said. Firewise Communities/USA provides people with tips about landscaping around homes as well as …
  5. Never Too Early to Prepare for Wildfires The neighborhood has even gotten national recognition, being certified as Firewise, a recognition for being as fire-safe as you can. “When we finally qualified for this, then we saw it as a great reward for hard work,” Brown said. …
  6. Fire hazard area plans go ahead “Experts in the province have provided standards for wildfire hazard prevention,” she said using the analogy of an earthquake. “We don’t know when earthquakes will strike but most of us are required to carry insurance. We don’t know when a wildfire …
  7. Napa Firewise chipping program starts April 4 Napa Firewise, Napa County’s wildfire awareness and preparedness program, begins its free chipping service for county residents April 4 The program, designed to assist residents in reducing the buildup of dangerous, fire-prone vegetation, …
  8. Fire prevention team to focus on Bell County as it tries to reduce wildland arson … the community and to go door to door to talk to individuals about how to prevent and report arson. The team is the work of the Kentucky State Police, Division of Forestry, Division of Fire Prevention and Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Other Fire Safety News

  1. Safety First: Children need an escape plan Talk to your children about fire safety and make a home fire escape plan. Practice the escape plan with your children. Most children learn best by doing. Although children may not be able to escape on their own, they will be much better prepared and …
  2. Fire safety advice from Ill. fire marshal: Cooks shouldn’t abandon kitchen … The Illinois State Fire Marshal has fire safety advice for home chefs: Don’t abandon your kitchen while cooking. Officials say that’s because unattended cooking equipment is what causes many house fires. Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis says …
  3. Promote fire safety for our kids Two fire-safety education officers also travel the state making presentations to schools and groups that request it with the assistance of the local fire department. “Every young person we can reach and teach to become fire safe and fire aware at an …
  4. A year to remember – Worcester Fire -safety fact sheets will also be distributed at the event. “Unattended space heaters, poor quality and overloaded extension cords, candles, smoldering smoking materials, and home oxygen use are all common sources of house fires,” said District 4 …
  5. Frederick County firefighters lose ‘direct line’ with chief fire marshal’s . Frederick County firefighters lose ‘direct line’ with chief fire marshal’s … Frederick News Post (subscription) One fewer fire marshal makes it harder for the remaining three full-time fire marshals and one part-time fire marshal to keep up with the workload, said Wayne Powell, a retired chief of citizen and community preparedness for the US Fire Administration …
  6. Fire danger for mobile homes Innovative Electric co-owners Luis Oropeza Jr., left, and Bill Culley discuss fire safety before demonstrating how to install a smoke detector Friday in their Lompoc office. The two donated and installed smoke detectors for senior citizens in January …
  7. Northeastern Wisconsin sees spike in fatal fires – Cooking and heating are the leading cause of residential building fires, according to 2009 estimates from the US Fire Administration , the most recent data available. Heating fires at residences fell slightly from 2005 to 2009, though cooking fires …

Saves

  1. Fire sprinkler halts spread of flames in Keystone condo – A fire in the Seasons condominiums in Keystone on Friday morning was contained by a fire sprinkler. The blaze started when a resident left a pot of oil on a hot burner, which ignited an adjacent microwave and cabinets.
  2. San Anselmo house saved by fire sprinklers A kitchen fire left a San Anselmo house with $125000 in damage Sunday afternoon but a sprinkler system doused the flames before they could cause additional destruction, authorities said. The fire broke out at 137 Humboldt Ave. after …
  3. Smoke alarm saves Phoenix woman’s life – Fire singed her hair and burned her hands. Firefighters say this woman is proof positive that smoke alarms do indeed save lives. “This is a [ smoke alarm ] you can buy for $10 at any hardware store, and it saved her life,” said Capt. …
  4. Aberdeen woman rescued thanks to smoke alarm Firefighters broke down a door and rescued a 96-year-old woman in Aberdeen who had fallen in her kitchen and was unable to turn off her stove where a fire started. Battalion Chief Bill Mayne told KBKW the woman was fortunate to have a monitored fire …
  5. Sprinklers extinguish fire in Columbia hotel – Columbia firefighters responded to a fire in a room at the Holiday Inn near the mall Wednesday evening. However, instead of extinguishing the flames firefighters helped mop up the mess. That’s because sprinklers in the room did all the …
  6. Sprinkler system help fire crews extinguish fire at Anchorage athletic club – Anchorage firefighters are crediting a sprinkler system for limiting a fire at an athletic club.
  7. Kearny furniture warehouse fire dashed by sprinkler system and large … A fire was reported shortly after 4:15 am yesterday at the Mace Brothers Fine Furniture warehouse in Kearny. The blaze started in the boiler room of the warehouse, located at 11 Johnston Ave., according to Chief Inspector …

 


Fire Prevention News: International

  1. School board fined $1500 for fire safety violations The South Shore regional school board has been fined for violating the province’s fire safety regulations. The school board pleaded guilty in Bridgewater provincial court last week to breaching the Fire …
  2. Fire risks highlighted during No Smoking Day in Redditch Representatives from H&WFRS’s Community Safety team will be giving out fire safety advice specific to smoking as they join the PCT and other agencies in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre on March 9 between 10am-2pm as they promote the health benefits of …
  3. Fire Brigade takes safety message to Twitter Fire chiefs are also hoping use of Twitter will encourage people to visit the Brigade’s website for further fire safety information. Rita Dexter, the Brigade’s Deputy Commissioner said: “When major incidents involving the Brigade happen, news spreads …



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