Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – April 19, 2011

Selected Fire Prevention related articles appearing in the past week from scores of e-sources in the news media. Updated each Monday or Tuesday 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/ Other Fire Prevention Activities

  1. Preschool fire safety classes a hit with local kids The classes were part of Start Safe, a grant-funded US Department of Homeland Security program that provides materials for fire departments and preschool teachers to help educate young kids in fire safety. It includes a educational cartoon, …
  2. Only you, and this Scout, can prevent house fires During each of his inspections, Evan will check to make sure that the property has the appropriate number of smoke detectors, install new batteries, replace older smoke detectors with new ones and will go over basic home fire safety with homeowners. …
  3. Elderly Residents Learn Fire Safety A fire safety class was in session at one assisted living facility in Franklin County. The Russellville Fire Department conducted the safety class at the Village Square Apartments. Firefighters spent a day last week teaching the residents what to do …

Campus Fire Safety

  1. Mock dorm fire tests fire safety systems Known as “Oak Flame,” the event set two mock dorm rooms, which were constructed in Oak Lane, on fire to demonstrate the importance of sprinklers. The two rooms were built to model a real college dorm, complete with …
  2. Professors continue class through fire alarms Disorderly conduct includes the refusal “to obey an official order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, hazard, or other emergency.” According to Chief Willis, “it’s always a possibility” someone would be …
  3. Safety strides at UNC Greek houses help extinguish fire In addition to the sprinkler system, all Greek houses at UNC are inspected twice a year, and each house has its own student fire marshal. “I have no doubts that sprinklers in fraternity houses are a great idea,” said sophomore Justin Miller, …
  4. Fraternity volunteers to check on smoke alarms“Our intent here is to try to canvass a neighborhood where we’ve had an umber of fires since the beginning of the school year,” said Jim Patton, the Corvallis Fire Department’s fire prevention officer.

CO Detectors

  1. 11 hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning Officials said saving that many people from one place, on one tiny island, taxed the public safety of the community, and makes clear how even one working detector can save a lot of lives. “You need that early warning,” Coan said. …

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. No Building Codes in Columbus Jct. There are state fire codes that cover rental properties, but officials say they rarely get enforced. Columbus Junction fire officials say the town is one of many in Iowa to not have building codes. Iowa is what’s called a “home-rule” state, …

Smoke Alarms

  1. Bill inspired by 17 News investigation one step closer to becoming law –  Four people were killed and 17 News later discovered the home was not required to have a working smoke alarm because it was built before 1976. Currently, California law says mobile homes built before 1976 don’t have to have smoke alarms unless they are …
  2. Fire marshal urges residents to install smoke detectors – Working smoke detectors are so instrumental in saving lives that a deal has been worked out to provide them for free. Nationwide, someone dies in a fire about every three hours. And in 40 percent of those blazes, there was no working smoke detector. …

Sprinklers

  1. Sprinklers don’t hold water in Fairbanks residential building rules – The city fire department, along with firefighter groups nationwide, says sprinklers should be required because they save lives and property. And the majority of fires occur in one- and two-family homes. “From my standpoint, having residential ..
  2. Fire sprinkler codes reverts to 2006 version due to complexity of 2009 version – The city code regulating automatic sprinkler systems is going back to the 2006 standards, instead of 2009 standards being used. City Manager Rod Swope admitted that the code is overly-complex and confusing for plan examiners, …
  3. Fatal fire fuels debate over sprinkler system – Those are the words printed in big red letters on the back of the Fritz Fire Protection Co.’s van parked recently at the Clouse family farm in Southwest Madison Twp. The farm is the site of a fatal fire in which seven of Ted and..
  4. Galena council votes to make residential sprinkler systems optional – Town council members voted unanimously last week to “opt out” of a regulation to require installation of residential sprinkler systems in new home construction in Galena despite heavy lobbying last month from firefighters to maintain the new …
  5. FREE ONLINE TOOL AIDS DECISIONS ON FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS FOR HOMES – NIST’s new, Web-based “sprinkler use decisioning” tool, developed by information technology specialist Priya Lavappa and economist David Butry, enables experts and non-experts alike to assess the cost-effectiveness of fire sprinklers for their …
  6. Pa. bill to repeal fire sprinkler law sent to governor – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has sent to Gov. Tom Corbett a bill to repeal the state’s fire sprinkler mandate for most new homes. The legislation, House Bill 377, would remove a requirement from the Uniform …
  7. Repeal of Sprinkler Law Likely – ” TV Politics as usual,” said Williamsport City Fire Inspector Sam Aungst. The likely repeal would dash the hopes of firefighters, like Aungst , who said the cost of installing sprinklers in new homes is relatively small, especially if they save lives. ..
  8. Tragic fire in Pennsylvania results in rebuild with sprinklers The tragic home fire that claimed the lives of seven children in Pennsylvania necessitated the construction of a new home for the surviving family members. Across the street from the remains of their farmhouse, a new home was being built that will be outfitted with a sprinkler system, among other safeguards. Ironically, the House recently passed HB 377, a bill that would repeal the current mandate for residential sprinklers in all new construction, and it now awaits final decision by the Governor.
  9. EATERIES SAY FIRE SPRINKLER COST COULD FORCE THEM TO CLOSE Several dozen Albuquerque restaurants are nearing a new deadline to retrofit their buildings with automatic fire sprinkler systems at a cost of $60000 to $100000 — a price tag some say could force them to close their doors. …
  10. April issue of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter now available! Our latest issue of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter features valuable information on the new Safety Alert issued by NFPA regarding antifreeze in sprinkler systems. Also, for our Faces of Fire campaign: Tonya Hoover, Acting State Fire Marshal in California, touts residential sprinklers in a new video, and a recently published Faces of Fire ad in USA Today was seen by millions.

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Wink Recognized For Fire Safety Efforts – As many West Texas communities deal with devastation today, one local city was celebrating an accomplishment. Though The Texas Forest Service is busy with the fires sweeping across the state they still made time to stop in Wink where they …
  2. Briarcliffe Acres getting dirty for fire safety – The small town Briarcliffe Acres is now just one of only thirteen communities in South Carolina recognized as firewise ready, safeguarding themselves against fire like the Barefoot Fires that came too close for comfort. …
  3. Opinion: It’s time to reduce Del Mar’s fire hazard The Fire Department and the city do not want to abate property and prefer voluntary compliance, and past experience shows that forced abatement is a rare outcome of these programs. Fire safety is one of the highest priorities for this community, …
  4. Grass fire safety to be explored Saturday in Truro – A safety fair to raise public awareness about the dangers of burning grass and scrub brush will be held in Truro this weekend. Safe burning practices and protection of properties will be explored Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Truro Mall. …
  5. Sunday marks start of Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota; most wildfires … Larry Himanga, wildfire prevention coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, encourages people to make a special effort to control their fires not only this week, but all year long. The No. 1 cause of wildfires in Minnesota is …

Other Fire Safety News

  1. Fire department offers spring safety tips Spring is a great time to assess your home’s fire prevention tools. Following these simple maintenance and prevention tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working. …
  2. Active Leisure tents recalled due to fire hazard Hazard: The tents do not meet the flammability label claim on the unit, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Description: The recall includes Active Leisure 10′ by 10′ folding canopy tents. Item number 544803 is printed on the original packaging near the …
  3. State Fire Marshal Reminds All Of Clothes Dryer Safety The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering. …
  4. Cub Cadet Recalls Riding Lawn Mowers Due to Fire Hazard Hazard: A fuel leak can occur near the rear mounting screws on the bottom of the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. Description: The recalled 2011 Cub Cadet zero turn riding lawn mowers, intended for both commercial and private use, have yellow and black …

Saves

  1. Firefighters put out basement blaze in Millstone Twp. Smoke detectors alerted the homeowner to the fire, and the homeowner was able to safely evacuate the house and call 911, according to the Millstone Township Fire Department. Millstone firefighters, under the direction of Chief John Fiore, …
  2. 1 family displaced by fire Three other sustained water damage. When firefighters arrived, the fire was mostly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system although heavy smoke was still present. Fire investigators have not said what caused the fire. No one was hurt.
  3. Smoke detectors save family from fire – A Dayton family and their three dogs are put out of their home after flames take over one bedroom. Fire crews were called to their house overnight in the 4500 block of Farnham Ave. The family woke up to smoke coming from one room …
  4. Free smoke detector program saved GI family’s lives – A free smoke detector saved the life a Grand Island family. Over the past year the Grand Island fire Department gave away and installed smoke detectors in more than a 1000 mobile homes. 1600 other smoke detectors were installed in the homes of Grand …
  5. Family escapes fire on second floor of their home A woman inside the home heard the smoke detector go off and was able to wake up her two children and get them safely out of the home. Fire crews say the flames sparked inside a bedroom closet. The second floor suffered $15000 in smoke and heat damage. …
  6. Residents Escape Morning House Fire The fire was in the bathroom of a single family dwelling and the two occupants of the home were awoken and made aware of the fire by the smoke alarms within the home. The fire was determined to have started in a bathroom fan. …
  7. Early morning Oxnard fire displaces family of six The fire in the single-family residence in the 4900 block of Clover Drive was discovered when one of the residents heard a smoke detector go off about 2:50 am, Oxnard Battalion Chief Gary Sugich said. The woman found the front bedroom was filled with …
  8. Little Girl Burned in Fire Called “Hero” To see her recuperate as rapid as she is from just Monday to today is a dramatic difference.” Doctors at Shriner’s Hospital says this really underscores the presence of working smoke detectors. They had them in Kylie’s home and they say it probably …

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Firefighters clear house of smoke then give fire safety advice in the community … the fire had burnt itself out, and firefighters used fan equipment to deal with the smoke in the house. After the incident, they went into the local community, informing residents there has been a fire, and getting them to test their smoke alarms.
  2. Fire safety advice – use smoke alarms – In the vast majority of the thousands of house fires the New Zealand Fire Service is called to every year, the homes are not properly protected. In 80% of cases, they either do not have smoke alarms fitted or have smoke alarms which are not working …
  3. Cambridge firefighters tackle student safety message with social media The page aims to build up a rapport with the youngsters to encourage them to think more carefully about fire safety and evacuation. Students are an at risk group for the fire service as for many it is the first time they have lived away from home and …
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