Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – April 5, 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. San Antonio VFD takes fire safety on the road A piece of cloth, specifically T-shirt material is lit on fire and within seconds the sprinkler system is set off, quickly dousing the fire. “No one thinks of putting a sprinkler system in the home,” Wheeler said. “They can save a lot of lives and …
  2. Safe Kids Greater Toledo receives funds to help local families Fire safety educators installed the smoke detectors on every floor and in every sleeping area per Toledo’s city code. Fire safety education was also provided to each family. “On behalf of the families of South Toledo, we wish to express our deep …

Campus Fire Safety

  1. Students Raise Awareness in DC – Kean University‘s Office of Fire Safety advised members of the college community to attend Capital Hill Day, because “one can make a difference for campus fire safety “. Kean students were very successful last March. The activists, who represented more …
  2. FSU students get lesson on fire safety – In his decades-long career, Terry Gearhart has given fire safety talks to hundreds of people — from pre-school students to senior citizens. But until Tuesday night, he’d never presented to college students. About 150 Frostburg State
  3. One mother’s tragedy drove her to help residents get free smoke detectors (VIDEO) She said their mission is to assist those in need and educate high school seniors and college students on the importance of fire safety. “We wanted to do whatever in order to help families be more fire safe,” Minger said in a phone interview last week …

CO Detectors

  1. Oregon CO detector law goes into effect – A new law that went into effect Friday requires carbon monoxide detectors in many Oregon homes. Before a home can be sold, its owner will have to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. The law applies to any residence that …

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. State Buildings Closed By Fire Marshal Nearly 170 state workers currently don’t have a place to work after the state Fire Marshal’s Office ordered their buildings closed. The inspector issued an “immediate closure” order Monday at the state Division of Rehabilitation Services buildings in …
  2. Group home operator says city fire inspections violate residents’ civil rights The registration process is a way for the city to know whether the residents inside could escape on their own power if necessary, such as during a fire, and if not, whether there is sufficient assistance from another source. The life safety inspections …
  3. Fire marshal ruled: Jail was overcrowded, unsafe He based the ruling on the 1991 National Fire Protection Association Fire Safety Code. He said each cell needed to provide 120 square feet of space to each inmate. When the jail was inspected, there were 13 inmates in custody. A week earlier, there had …
  4. Fire Marshal orders immediate closure of Rehab Center The state Fire Marshal has shuttered the former state Rehabilitation Center complex at Institute, saying electrical problems at the facility posed an “imminent threat” to its occupants. State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis issued an immediate closure …
  5. Regulations = prevention: A look at the daycare fire – As a result of the Jessica Tata case, City Council member Sue Lowell proposed a new city ordinance. The ordinance will require all home-base day care operators to register with the city and submit to an annual public safety inspection. …
  6. Fire Safety Experiment ‘Oak Flame 2011’ “We want students and others to see how these furnishings and decorations contribute to a fire and make them realize the reason behind fire codes and other safety regulations in dormitories with visual representation,” says event organizer Tolga Durak …
  7. Fire probes concern towns – Layoffs that take effect in Camden County Monday will gut the county fire marshal’s office, causing concern among some towns about how fire inspections will be carried out. Among the 260 county employees expected to be laid off are 10 of the 11 …
  8. Year after fire killed 6, Mpls officials say it’s too soon to tell if .. Records showed the apartments had not been inspected for possible fire-code violations in at least 16 years. On Jan. 1, the city started a new inspection system, including shifting responsibility to the city’s regulatory department and requiring use of …

Smoke Alarms

  1. Fire chief credits smoke detector with saving lives – “I tell people all the time, ‘Smoke detectors will save your life.’” By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, Carey added, “the fire had already ventilated itself. By that, I mean it had already burned through walls and windows and it was finding ..
  2. Alarming warning on smoke detectors – Hobsons Bay firefighters have urged residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when they wind back their clocks at the end of daylight saving on Sunday, April 3. Of the 67 fires in the city attended by the MFB, 49 per cent of the venues lacked a …
  3. Smoke detector program recognized for success Lavon Cooper said the department has taken part in the Smoke Alarm Installation and Fire Safety Education (SAIFE) Program since 2002. Since beginning the program, the department has installed about 6500 smoke alarms in homes throughout Moultrie. …
  4. JFD offers smoke detectors to locals – Jacksonville citizens who either can not afford or install smoke detectors in their homes can contact the Jacksonville Fire Department for help now. The department, with the help of East Texas Medical Center, recently purchased more …
  5. Fire marshal: Photoelectric alarms essential to saving lives The biggest improvement has been that more people are leaving their smoke alarm batteries installed because the photoelectric technology does not have as many false alarms. The ionization-based alarms can be set off by steam or other fumes; …

Sprinklers

  1. Fire Officials Push For Sprinklers In Homes – With city building codes only requiring them in new buildings, some people are questioning if their homes are safe.
  2. Nursing homes approved for sprinklers – First More than $5.5 million in fire sprinkler upgrade projects were approved in recent weeks by state regulators for 15 area nursing homes. The projects are part of a federal mandate requiring fire safety equipment at long-term-care facilities that …
  3. Trust the experts on fire safety http://bit.ly/fh8JQj
  4. Builders, fire officials spar over sprinkler rule Jan 1, 2011, to install fire sprinklers has sparked a fight around the country between fire safety officials, who say the sprinklers save lives, and home builders, struggling to recover in the weak economy, who say sprinkler installations should be …

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Wildfire danger on way; support slow for suppression plans For 2011 there is also a push for county and township governments to write a wildfire protection plan as part of a state-wide effort, the Michigan Firewise Program. So far, though, the program has not caught, eh, fire among townships in Leelanau County …
  2. Jeff Foxworthy offers serious help to wildfire-prevention team Public-service announcements recorded by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and others raise awareness about suspicious fires. By Gary Taylor, Orlando Sentinel You might be a redneck if you set a wildfire. You also might be in a lot of trouble if you get caught. …
  3. Wildfire Awareness Week In other cases, especially where communities have expanded into the wildland, fire is more of a threat and may negatively impact the health and safety of residents. The theme “Where We Live, How We Live…Living with Wildfire in the Southwest” reflects …
  4. Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Program Now Available to All Fire Departments The program works in complimentary and collaborative fashion with Firewise and other existing wildland fire public education efforts. It amplifies their messages to individuals to better achieve the common goal we all share of fire-adapted communities.
  5. Thinking fire safety outside the home – Despite the massive amounts of snow and a fair amount of rain recently, Oklahomans are facing dry conditions. When moisture levels are low, the chance of wildfires increases. In the early 1990s, …
  6. Michigan: Below-average winter snow means greater wildfire threat up north … Fire prevention specialist Paul Kollmeyer says the ground is becoming snow-free earlier this year and woodlands will have less moisture. He says spring is a peak period for wildfires in Michigan because of the exposure of dead vegetation. …

Other Fire Safety News

  1. Attorney general says Indian Point lax on fire safety, asks feds to act WHITE PLAINS — The state attorney general wants federal regulators to take enforcement action against the Indian Point nuclear plant for what he called the company’s failure to comply with fire safety requirements. “In the wake of Japan’s crisis, …
  2. The National Fire Protection Association Invites Parents and Children to .. “It is so important for parents to take part in educating their families about fire safety, and we want to give them the tools and ideas to get these crucial messages across in a way their children will identify with and remember,” said Lorraine Carli, …
  3. Fight Fire With … Electric Wands? The current, experts believe, shifts the position of the gases and particles that constitute the flame; the process can weaken or put out the fire entirely. Along with the wands, the idea could lead to electric “sprinklers,” a researcher notes—and …
  4. Fire heavily damages outbuilding in rural Champaign Coleman said the Walstens were alerted to the fire by a security company that detected the smoke alarm going off. Laura Walsten went outside and saw smoke and flames coming from the building, he said. Several area fire departments, including Sadorus, …
  5. Fire fatalities rose in 2010 – Paul said members of the state’s fire service are working hard to spread the message of fire safety to reduce the risk of fires and to save lives. “ Fire safety education goes hand in hand with modern smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire alarms,” Paulk …
  6. Eau Claire hospitals plan for fire safety “In my 27 years of experience, this is the same procedure to rescue patients and insure patient safety for fire safety issues,” says Bob Wilcox. Wilcox says working together with other emergency management groups in the city is also important. …

Saves

  1. Sprinkler helped quell fire As more firefighters arrived, it was determined the bags had ignited and were extinguished substantially by a fire sprinkler system in the facility. Investigators and plant personnel said they believe the larger pellets may have retained more heat than …
  2. Stove fire sets off sprinklers, causes evacuation in South Berwick The sprinklers quickly extinguished the fire, although firefighters evacuated the first two floors of the five-floor, 48-unit building as a precaution. No one was injured during the fire, and crews had to carry two dogs out of the burned apartment.
  3. Three-year-old boy puts out fire A 3-year-old boy in Florida has proven that it’s never too early to learn about fire safety. A lamp fell over and lit the carpet on fire. Little Aiden doused the carpet with water from a tupperware container he had been playing with. …
  4. Kitchen fire quickly quelled OCALA – A fire sprinkler system is credited by Ocala firefighters for quickly controlling a kitchen fire in a three-story apartment building. The tenant, Louis Arroyo, told fire officials Thursday that he left the kitchen while he had food on the stove …
  5. Donations Sought To Assist Disabled Vet Displaced By House Fire The family managed to escape the fire without injury after an adult heard a smoke detector. Their son was at school when the blaze broke out and the home was considered to be a complete loss. The news prompted Jack Ondrus, a Vietnam-era Veteran with …
  6. Family escapes thanks to smoke detectors – Smoke detectors got a 675D Hale St. family out of the house safely and prevented more serious damage after fire broke out in their home moments after midnight Wednesday night. Firefighters saw “moderate smoke” …
  7. Sprinklers save powerboat business – The fire started at around 2 pm in building four, which handles the assembly of the powerboats in the facility at 11700 Belcher Road. However, the facility’s sprinkler system kept the fire in check and eventually extinguished the flames. …
  8. Fire Destroys Port Byron Home – According to investigators, the woman awoke to the sound of the smoke alarm . She grabbed her kids and they all got out. Her husband was at work at the time. Crews worked hard to save the home, but it burned to the ground. The fire was so intense, …
  9. Fire Sprinkler Saves Life During Hotel Room Fire Firefighters say the fire burned in the pan for some time, and eventually spread up the wall reaching the cabinets and range hood. That’s when the room’s automatic fire sprinkler system kicked in. Fire Marshal Andy King released a statement with more …
  10. Woman injured in Southeast Portland apartment fire Sprinklers put out of the fire, allowing firefighters to focus on rescuing the injured victims, Simmons said. This fire was contained to the apartment of origin and damage to the building itself was kept to a minimum. Damage includes smoke and fire in …
  11. Smoke detector saves family of 8 from burning home – Firefighters want to remind everyone to have at least one working smoke detector in every home. Smoke detectors do save lives. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Fire focus to stop landmark buildings becoming history This is especially relevant in “heritage” properties, which tend to have poor fire safety precautions. As well as protecting historic buildings, the new strategy is also aimed at protecting the city’s image around the world, which, it has been argued, …
  2. BBC in talks over airing ads for community groups and charities However, it is thought that about the equivalent of £1m a year in TV advertising for governmental campaigns on issues such as road safety, fire safety and fireworks safety does run late night on BBC services. In addition the BBC has for a number of …
  3. Rough sleeper is saved from blaze – UK – The tragedy led to a number of smoke alarms being fitted in empty properties. Yesterday’s fire is believed to have been started by carelessly discarded smoking materials. Crews had finished dealing with the incident just before 2am. …
  4. Fire service marks a year on Twitter The service was the first in Scotland to use Twitter, and has since amassed more than 1000 followers, posting messages about a range of issues including community safety initiatives and station open days, fire safety advice, live incidents and the role …
  5. Leading the way on fire safety – EAST Renfrewshire Council has teamed up with the fire service to install smoke alarms in the homes of vulnerable people. The link-up, which also involves NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, is thought to be a Scottish first. East Renfrewshire’s Community …
  6. High-rise and shine, but how safe? Fire safety measures adopted at these eminently inflammable structures are just not what they ought to be. A close look at the safety steps at both the residential and commercial high-rises leaves you aghast. Life in high places needn’t be so risky at …
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