Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – August 19, 2011

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

Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts

  1. Campus Fire Safety
  2. Inspections/Code enforcement
  3. Smoke Alarms
  4. Sprinklers
  5. Wildland Fire Safety
  6. Other Fire Safety News
  7. Saves
  8. International News

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 08/15/2011

Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities

  1. Tragedy spurs door-to-door smoke alarm giveaway The volunteers helped residents install working smoke alarms. In response to a Bryans Road house fire that killed a child last week, the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department led a door-to-door campaign Saturday to check and install smoke detectors …
  2. Handsome hydrants benefit fire prevention The money goes toward fire prevention training efforts at elementary schools in Hartsville. The mayor and his family have already signed up for the program. “My family of course my girls loving pink and the whole pink-a-licious thing, we’re going to
  3. 2011 Iowa State Fair to End on an Entertaining Note Established in 1911, the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office is celebrating 100 years of fire prevention. To mark the milestone anniversary, they will attempt to break the world record for most people simultaneously demonstrating “Stop, Drop and Roll“.
  4. Free smoke alarms for deaf going to 50 families An effort is underway across the state to install special smoke alarms in the homes of families with at least one member of the household who is hard of hearing or deaf. Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesperson Greg …
  5. Free Smoke Detectors Offered Residents should still perform their monthly testing by pressing the test button on the smoke detector . If the detector fails the test, the detector should be replaced. Mount Pleasant Fire Department staff will install new smoke detectors and replace …
  6. Sunnyside Fire Department visits Lomeli’s childcare With the purpose of giving fire safety demonstrations and provide a fun time to kids, the Sunnyside Fire Department visited Lomeli’s Childcare Center August 3. More than 20 kids had the opportunity to learn the work of a
  7. Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program Hosts U2 Tribute Band On November 5, 2011 the Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program is hosting a live concert at Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ. The event will feature the renowned U2 tribute band,
  8. Newark Youths Learn Fire Prevention at Public Safety Academy Antonella Rao Forty Newark youths joined city firefighters Wednesday morning to learn fire prevention techniques. The students are part of Newark Youth Public Safety Academy — an effort launched July 20 by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to educate children

Campus Fire Safety

  1. Pitt State RAs train to prepare for residents To help the RAs, the Pittsburg Fire Department rolled a ladder truck to the parking lot of the Crimson Commons for a fire safety session that included up-to-date fire awareness videos as well as demonstrations on how to spot fire hazards and how to
  2. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue puts on controlled burn demonstration One dorm room (cell) will be equipped with a smoke detector and a sprinkler head. One dorm room (cell) will be equipped with a smoke detector and NO sprinkler head. You will be able to observe the significant damage between the two mock dormitory rooms
  3. Campus Fire Safety Training Set for Today The tips will help fraternity and sorority members, parents, campus fire and security officials, and administrators with fire safety and emergency planning. ASSE is joining the West Virginia University Environmental Health and Safety staff,
  4. Boulder fire department, CU to hold fire safety training
  5. WVU Student Leaders Train in Fire Safety for Upcoming School Year Several thousand students will move into a dorm room at WVU next week, so, on Thursday, the resident assistants responsible for watching over them were on campus a little early this year to learn what to do in case of a fire.
  6. Campus Fire Safety Training Set for Today The American Society of Safety Engineers announced that its Fire Prevention Practice Specialty will release campus-related fire prevention tips today during an event at West Virginia University’s Fieldcrest Hall in Morgantown, W.Va.

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. The dangerous side of solar and wind power projects The California state fire marshal recently updated guidelines recommending that roofs with solar installations have a 3-foot walkway for firefighters to maneuver. Meanwhile, Hans Petersen’s employer, SolarCity, said it has beefed up its safety rules…
  2. Maryland’s New School-Bus Fireproofing Law Called ‘a Step Up’ Langley explained that SB 369, which was backed by the California nonprofit organization Citizens for Fire Safety, originally included the requirement that each plastic component contained in the engine compartment of a school bus …
  3. Decade after 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, skyscraper safety improving Following an exhaustive federal probe of what caused the towers’ downfall, and years of debate and strife over how to respond, the building and fire codes that dictate safety features in new high-rises finally are reflecting the disaster’s harsh

Smoke Alarms

  1. Free smoke alarms for deaf going to 50 families An effort is underway across the state to install special smoke alarms in the homes of families with at least one member of the household who is hard of hearing or deaf. Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesperson Greg …
  2. Free Smoke Detectors Offered Residents should still perform their monthly testing by pressing the test button on the smoke detector . If the detector fails the test, the detector should be replaced. Mount Pleasant Fire Department staff will install new smoke detectors and replace …
  3. Tragedy spurs door-to-door smoke alarm giveaway The volunteers helped residents install working smoke alarms. In response to a Bryans Road house fire that killed a child last week, the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department led a door-to-door campaign Saturday to check and install smoke detectors ..
  4. Firefighters and businesses team up to install visual smoke alarms in Bluffs home Through Project Alex and the “100 Year – 100%” campaign, the Council Bluffs Fire Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s have both been working to ensure that every resident in Council Bluffs has at least one working smoke detector in their home. .

Sprinklers

  1. Illinois town hosts sprinkler demonstration during “National Night Out” “National Night Out”, an annual event to raise public safety awareness endorsed by several towns and cities across the country, was the stage for the town of Berwyn, Illinois to provide its community with an opportunity to witness the life saving power of residential sprinklers. According to the town’s mayor, the primary focus of the event is to “allow the citizens to see how their police and fire departments keep them safe”, providing the side-by-side demonstration with an effective…
  2. Midway Fire Rescue capitalizes on successful fire sprinkler activation to increase awareness After a successful activation of a fire sprinkler system in a multifamily structure fire Midway Fire Rescue in Pawleys Island, South Carolina issued a press release highlighting the importance of the system in protecting life and property. WMBF News online published an article based on the press release, stating; “If there had not been a fire sprinkler system in the building, the building would have suffered considerable losses and the lives of the residents and firefighters would have been in danger.”…
  3. Builder Magazine features educational video on residential sprinklers online version of Builder Magazine recently, providing an easy-to-follow narrative on the installation of residential fire sprinklers. Aimed at providing the builders community with the  myths and facts regarding the design and installation of home fire sprinkler systems, the video also promotes available educational resources, pointing out that there are trade ups available for builders, and that the marketability of their products could be increased when sprinkler systems are installed.
  4. Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition is recipient of fire prevention and safety grant The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is the recipient of a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (through the Grant Programs Directorate of FEMA) to underwrite a multi-faceted U.S. educational program. The funding will help fire departments increase local activities that improve knowledge of the dangers of home fires and the value of installing home fire sprinkler systems.  It will also educate homebuilders and others to refute common myths and increase interest in the life-saving sprinkler technology.

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Fire marshal announces new tool in wildfire battle “Some ways to increase the safety of your home and family are easy to do …
  2. Drought exhausting already strained fire departments “I think 2005 taught a lot of people about fire safety ,” said Eddy, who also thanks the Red Cross for hydrating so many emergency responders. “People are paying closer attention to burn bans.” However, in order to make sure these rural fire departments
  3. State Responsibility Area Fee’s Causing Concern For Residents The main issue that many have with the fee is that the funds are only meant to cover fire prevention, not actual firefighting. Berlant says ” fire prevention is the work done before a fire starts. That could be brush clearance, that could be educating

Other Fire Safety News

  1. Don’t make your home so secure it’s dangerous
  2. Preventing burns from hot fireplace glass More than 2,000 children ages 5 and younger suffered burn injuries from gas fireplaces from 1999 through March 2009, according to research conducted by Carol Pollack-Nelson, Ph.D., an independent safety consultant. The problem: the glass front on gas fireplaces gets…
  3. Merced Fire Dept. offers safety tips for grilling safety If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. For additional safety tips, go online to the fire safety public education page within the fire department section of the city of Merced website.
  4. Tip Sheet: Hotel and Motel Safety These are just some of the tips and pointers about fire safety in overnight establishments like these. Naugatuck Deputy Fire Chief Ellen Murray provided the above sheet for the public’s understanding of the issue. Interested in a follow-up to this
  5. House, building fires in Wichita jump nearly 50 percent The Fire Department has received a grant to pay for a fire safety trailer, which Crisp plans to take to every school in Wichita. The small house is used to teach children what to do in the event of a fire. Fire officials also encourage parents of
  6. Paramedics get kits to deter fire fatalities Within the past month, a Town of Tonawanda woman and a Kenmore man were killed in fires. Now the paramedic vehicles serving the town and village carry a new tool to help save lives before fire victims reach the hospital.
  7. Common Voices wins award for fire safety public service announcement campaign Common Voices, an Advocates’ Coalition of individuals affected by fire, has received two Bronze Telly Awards – one of the most prestigious awards in advertising and video and film production – for a fire safety public service announcement campaign, as well as for one of the individual videos within the campaign: “Sleep with a Firefighter” The award-winning Common Voices PSA campaign was among more than 11,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents and is comprised of six testimonies…
  8. Home Alone Plans For Kids Make sure at least one approved smoke alarm is installed and operating on each level of the home. ” Limit the time the child spends in front of the television or computer. Activate parental controls. Use programs that limit the sites children can visit

Saves

  1. Family Escapes Overnight House Fire Fire officials said smoke detectors woke the family, and they were able to get out of the house. When they did they found their garage on fire. Firefighters said there is extensive damage to the house. They are also still looking for the family’s cat,
  2. Family of Five Escape River Rock House Fire Smoke detectors inside a home in the Rivertree Subdivision saved the lives of a family of 5 early yesterday morning. As we first reported yesterday, a large fire broke out just before 2am Monday in the garage of a home in the 900
  3. Fire sprinkler system aids in saving building – A Pawleys Island multi-family dwelling was saved on Sunday because of an Automatic Fire Sprinkler System. Without the fire sprinkler system, the five story midrise would have suffered considerable losses.
  4. Man talks about escape from Lake Forest Drive fire Lester, 27, and Heather Smith managed to get out of their burning Lake Forest Drive home on Saturday morning relatively unscathed thanks to a smoke alarm and some quick thinking.
  5. Sprinkler prevents fire from spreading “The fire sprinklers were very effective in stopping this fire in its tracks. Although there is water damage, it is minimal compared to the damage that would have occurred if the fire had proceeded unchecked,” Bohling said. US Rep.
  6. Sprinklers contain fire at UGM donation center The fire started in a second floor breakroom and was extinguished by the building’s fire sprinkler system. An employee found the fire and called 911. “The fire sprinkler system operated as designed, controlling the fire and preventing fire spread
  7. Imperial Avenue: 5 rescued from house fire They also rescued an elderly couple from the lower level. The father tells Channel 3 that the smoke detector woke him up and alerted him to the fire. The house is about one block east of convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell’s house.
  8. Fire guts local residence Smoke alarms awoke the residents shortly after 5 am Saturday and everyone was able to escape as flames began to engulf the rear of the home. Plainview firefighters were summoned at 5:07 am and upon arrival found that flames already were burning through

Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Littlehampton firefighters make pledges to community “It teaches children the importance of fire safety , from an early age. “The kids we have already spoken to are so switched on and really bright. They got behind the course 100 per cent and the information really stuck. “This scheme is an essential part
  2. No smoke alarm in five out of six fatal fire homes FIVE out of six homes where a fatal fire occurs do not have a working smoke alarm. Even though the alarms can be bought for just €20, new figures show that householders are still not getting the message that installing the alarms can save

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