Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – September 20, 2011

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

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 09/19/2011

 

Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities

  1. Using Fire Prevention Week 2011 to Build a Solid Program Visits to local schools and community events are a great way to spread the fire prevention message. Fire Prevention Week 2011 (Oct. 9 – 15) is closing in and too many fire departments will approach this
  2. 13-year-old Demetrious Hutchins of Springfield credited with saving 9 others Michael R. Richard said that Demetrious Hutchins, relied on the fire safety training that he received in school to rouse those sleeping inside the two-family home and see that they all got outside safely. …
  3. Save-A-Life Summer program addressed safety, health issues – The program provides six weeks of educational programs on first aid, fire safety , healthy eating and exercise, disaster preparedness, and others. The children are asked to draw pictures that include the Red Cross and McDonald’s. …
  4. Fort Edward students deliver 225 smoke alarms for distribution Project Hope/Fort Edward, which secured $5000 from a PepsiCo online contest, donated the second installment of smoke detectors Sept. 6, group organizers said. A $1000 grant from Stewart’s Shops aided the second smoke detector installment.
  5. Trevose Fire Co. to give away smoke detectors – In conjunction with the Bucks County Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire company is giving away the detectors through a program called Operation Safe Home, said Battalion Chief Joseph R. Casey Sr. The free detectors will be available between 9 am and 1 pm
  6. Vision 20/20 Offers Free Webinars: Model Measures for Fire Prevention Programs Vision 20/20 is offering a series of five, free, webinars that will be looking at Model Measures for Fire Prevention, hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), starting on Tuesday, September 20. These webinars will provide you
  7. Cast votes in quiz on fire safety – The Joliet Fire Department is calling on supporters and community members to help vote online through a one minute fire safety quiz at http://www.BeFireSmart.com and cast your vote for to help the department win a $10000 Fire Safety Grant from …
  8. Springfield Fire Department exceeds smoke alarm goal the Springfield Fire Department installed 1144 smoke alarms this year, surpasses its goal of 1100. The Fire Department declared 2011 as the “Year of the Smoke Alarm ” and is pushing to ensure that more homes are equipped with the devices that reduce
  9. Fire prevention promoted year-round by Goodwill – Fire prevention promoted year-round by Goodwill The Star Democrat Goodwill Fire Company fire prevention committee chairman Butch Britton shows the child’s plastic fire helmet and other fire safety material to be handed out at the company’s annual Open House and Safety Day from noon to 4 pm Oct. 29 at the firehouse on …
  10. Charlotte firefighters check homes for smoke detectors – After a fire at the Dawn Circle and Austin Road neighborhood Tuesday night that sent three people to the hospital , Charlotte-Mecklenburg firefighters went out to the neighborhood make sure residents have …
  11. Kealey gets word out about fire prevention – Lyn Dee Kealey wants to help spread the word about fire prevention to help people avoid being severely burned. So when Iowa State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds suggested organizing an event to try to set a Guinness record for getting the most people to …
  12. Professor teaches fire prevention – Students gathered around the Library Quad to extinguish a controlled fire on Wednesday afternoon. With safety glasses and proper instruction, the department of health studies held a fire suppression workshop from 1 pm to 2 pm Sheila Simons, …

 


Campus Fire Safety

  1. ‘Safety Awareness Day’ aims to educate students – “We are making it look like a regular dorm room,” said Jeff Wilhelm, the fire department’s fire prevention specialist. The fire department will start the fire at 4:30 pm and will allow the fire to burn until the point of flashover. …
  2. Students learn real life fire lessons Southern Oregon University students got a lesson on fire safety and how a dorm fire can be the most dangerous kind of structure fire. Students are already moving into their dorms for fall classes. They’re worried about getting their books,
  3. STATE FIRE MARSHAL URGES FIRE SAFETY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS ON- AND OFF-CAMPUS … – Common factors in deadly campus fires include lack of fire sprinkler systems; missing or disabled smoke alarms; careless smoking; unattended candles; overloaded electrical circuits and extension cords, and the misuse of alcohol – which impairs judgment …
  4. Campus fire department keeps students safe – “To do so, we perform annual fire code and safety inspections, design reviews for building and remodeling projects and advise campus user groups on fire code compliance and general safety issues. …
  5. Fires Banned in University of Virginia Lawn, Range Fireplaces While the rooms are equipped with fire and smoke detectors , there is no fire suppression system. The University is weighing whether to permanently end the use of the fireplaces or to repair the flues and chimneys and install fire suppression equipment,
  6. iPrevent teaches students fire safety – In observance of National Campus Fire Safety Month, Tech hosted its fourth annual educational program iPrevent on Wednesday evening. The event gave students an opportunity to participate in fire safety …

 


Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Student work comes off walls as FDNY cracks down on fire hazards in schools Student work comes off walls as FDNY cracks down on fire hazards in schools GothamSchools Although no policy has actually changed, principals were reminded of the specific fire code parameters this week, and the DOE is working with the FDNY, school facilities staff and the principals union to ensure compliance with the 20 percent rule, …
  2. City council votes Monday on buildings codes, fire Fire Chief Rick Innis believes the city also should adopt residential fire sprinkler codes based on the ICC’s recommendation. Innis is an advocate for residential sprinklers, but the city’s hands are tied: Missouri’s HB90 prohibits state jurisdiction
  3. Fire code change requiring extra Sheetrock up for Cape council vote – Ennis said he would like to see the Sheetrock code in place because state law prohibits Missouri from adopting mandatory fire sprinkler requirements. Sprinklers are a requirement in the ICC’s 2009 codes, but the National Home Builders Association urged …
  4. Chief: Mo. Anti-Sprinkler Laws Weaken Fire Codes at the Local Level As part of the HB90 compromise, the Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs won some mandated provisions, including one that states builders must discuss sprinkler system installations and their benefits with residential clients and have them sign an opt-out form if they decide against sprinklers.
  5. State fire marshal orders residential care facility in Rainbow City closed – Paulk said the safety of the residents is of utmost importance. “We realize these are elderly people and they need care,” he said. “That’s why they work closely with the state agencies. We want to ensure the safety of the residents.
  6. Heavy Drinking Ups Odds of Death in House Fire – U.S. News & World Report Heavy Drinking Ups Odds of Death in House Fire U.S. News & World Report If you smoke, buy fire-safe cigarettes that self-extinguish. The study authors noted that this high percentage of drunk house-fire victims is consistent with what’s been revealed in other studies from the United States, Europe and Canada. Heavy drinkers may die needlessly in house

 


Smoke Alarms

  1. Fort Edward students deliver 225 smoke alarms for distribution Project Hope/Fort Edward, which secured $5000 from a PepsiCo online contest, donated the second installment of smoke detectors Sept. 6, group organizers said. A $1000 grant from Stewart’s Shops aided the second smoke detector installment.
  2. Springfield Fire Department exceeds smoke alarm goal the Springfield Fire Department installed 1144 smoke alarms this year, surpasses its goal of 1100. The Fire Department declared 2011 as the “Year of the Smoke Alarm ” and is pushing to ensure that more homes are equipped with the devices that reduce
  3. Charlotte firefighters check homes for smoke detectors – After a fire at the Dawn Circle and Austin Road neighborhood Tuesday night that sent three people to the hospital , Charlotte-Mecklenburg firefighters went out to the neighborhood make sure residents have …

 


Sprinklers

  1. Home fire sprinkler message on AirTran Airways onboard magazine The October 2011 edition of Air Tran Airways – one of America’s largest low-fare airlines – in-flight magazine will feature an ad advocating for home fire sprinkler requirements aimed at educating the flying public. “Reaching an average of 2 million passengers per month”, according to AirTran, this impact piece by the National Fire Sprinkler Association highlights the fact that while travelers are protected by fire sprinklers in hotel rooms, most families are still not protected at home
  2. Home fire sprinkler demonstrations get the point across In response to a recent sprinkler demonstration at their school, students of Harper College (IL) posted this status update on their facebook page: “Check out the pics from our Fire Science Tech sprinkler demo last night. Makes us want to 1) take a fire science class and 2) immediately install sprinklers in our homes!” Reactions like this are a sign that sprinkler demonstrations are getting the point across. Harper College posted this photo of the unsprinklered room versus the sprinklered room…
  3. Tenants displaced by apartment fire Fire crews were called to the scene at 6:52 pm The building’s sprinkler system helped to slow the spread of the fire , officials said.
  4. Overnight fire does minor damage to National Boulevard Hy-Vee The sprinkler system at the 24-hour store did activate, he said. “The fire itself was in the wall … they had to tear some of the exterior siding off to
  5. City council votes Monday on buildings codes, fire Fire Chief Rick Innis believes the city also should adopt residential fire sprinkler codes based on the ICC’s recommendation. Innis is an advocate for residential sprinklers, but the city’s hands are tied: Missouri’s HB90 prohibits state jurisdiction

 


Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Grass Fire Prevention Tips – Please help us protect your family by adopting a few Fire Prevention Tips. Completely extinguish and dispose of cigarette and cigar butts properly. Throwing them from a car window is irresponsible and illegal. Obey burn ban restrictions; …
  2. County Agent Report: Fire prevention tips – Victoria Advocate Victoria Advocate County Agent Report: Fire prevention tips Victoria Advocate A fire burns in the wooded lots west of Hawk Road on Saturday near Diana. Texas is in the midst of one of its worst wildfire outbreaks in state history. 1. Do not park cars, trucks or machinery in grassy areas. 2. Preform machinery or vehicle repairs …
  3. Ashland plans Firewise Community event – Blossom View Estates will be recognized as a Firewise Community in a ceremony at 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 15, at the intersection of Schofield and Sheridan streets in Ashland. Refreshments will be provided. The National Fire Protection Association’s …
  4. A warning for all residents about fire safety during drought – The Deer Park Fire Marshal’s Office and the Deer Park Police Department would like to remind residents to be cautious about fire safety during these extreme drought conditions the area is experiencing. Although the city is populated with minimal wooded …
  5. Washington pushes homeowners to prepare for fires – Basic housekeeping chores, such as sweeping pine needles off the deck and cleaning out the gutters, can make a difference, said Michele Steinberg, the Firewise communities program manager with the National Fire Protection Association. …

 


Other Fire Safety News

  1. These household fire facts may surprise you The percentage of US households with at least one smoke alarm is about 96 percent. If you don’t have any working smoke alarms, you are part of a very small group of people at a greatly heightened risk of death from fire. Only about one-third of homes
  2. Carbon monoxide detectors help save lives in Ocean City – Carbon monoxide detectors have proven to be potentially life-saving on two occasions in Ocean City in the past month. On the morning of Aug. 9, the Ocean City Fire Department responded to a residential home on Landings Boulevard for a …
  3. Westbrook wins grant for fire safety planning – The Westbrook Fire Department was awarded a $3000 grant to conduct fire safety planning for community buildings. The grant is provided by FM Global, a commercial property insurer. …
  4. Fire prevention passion stoked for outgoing titleholder Tammy Johns may be relinquishing her crown as Miss Frederick County Fire Prevention in October, but she said that won’t stop her from continuing to work to raise awareness
  5. Mich. Researchers Study Public Safety Depts. It’s said to be the first comprehensive study of public safety departments nationwide When Marthara Walker moved to Oak Park a decade ago, he didn’t know his new town had public safety officers. They dress like police officers but also do the job…
  6. 98000 home dehumidifiers recalled for fire hazard ConsumerReports.org
  7. Kubota Recalls Lawn Tractors The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kubota have issued a recall for 6100 Kubota lawntractors because the fuel hose clamp can detach from the fuel filter and allow gas to leak out, posing a fire hazard.
  8. Officials credit safer cigarettes for fewer fire death – Smoking-material fires killed an estimated 680 people in 2008, according to the website of the Coalition for Fire-safe Cigarettes , an organization coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association. Smoking-related fires – 114000 in all
  9. Fire officials: Watch those fire pots – “In most cases, the danger arises when people are refilling the fire pots with the gel fuel as the flame gets low and appears to be completely out,” said Ron Humphrey, state fire marshal special agent in charge. “Often times the flame is barely visible …

 


Smoke Alarm Saves

  1. Family escapes burning home after overnight fire Hale says the fire was reported around 2:45 am Monday morning. He says someone inside the home, along the 14000 block of Brick Road, first reported the fire. He says that person was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm
  2. Woman jumps to safety in Chicago Heights fire The woman who jumped to safety was alerted to the fire by a smoke detector in the hallway. Firefighters on the scene quickly called from assistance from a…
  3. Firefighters battle blaze at Southside apts. “One resident, who upon hearing the smoke detector, woke up, discovered the fire in the stairwell, and filled a garbage can with water (and) dumped it, extinguishing most of the fire in the process,” says Tom Francis with Jacksonville Fire/Rescue.
  4. Overnight house fire in Tyler Firefighters arriving on-scene reported fire involvement at the back of the house. The occupant was awakened by an activating smoke alarm and was able to safely exit the home.
  5. Firefighter slightly hurt in Fishers house fire The homeowners were alerted by smoke alarms while the fire was still in the garage and were able to escape safely.

 


Sprinkler Saves

  1. Sprinklers put out Oak Grove school fire, … Firefighters responding to a call of a fire at an Oak Grove school said the structure’s fire -suppression sprinklers knocked down the blaze before they arrived. While the school did sustain some damage, officials at the New Urban High School say classes
  2. Sprinkler puts out Rockford apartment fire quickly – A sprinkler system is credited for saving lives this morning after a fire broke out at an apartment building, Rockford Fire Department Fire Investigator Mark Marinaro said. A cigarette left in a second-floor apartment at …
  3. Sprinkler douses Mill Valley fire – Mill Valley firefighters credited an in-home sprinkler system with saving a garage that caught fire Sunday afternoon. “The fire was largely extinguished by the residential sprinkler system,” said Battalion Chief Michael St. John of the …
  4. Sprinkler helps douse apartment fire near Port Deposit – Investigators said careless cigarette smoking caused a fire that damaged an apartment near Port Deposit early Thursday, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. They also are crediting a residential sprinkler system for extinguishing the …

 


Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Fire department visiting Cobourg homes during smoke alarm blitz From left, Home Depot assistant manager, Ken Hart, Cobourg Fire Department Captain Aaron Blair, Home Depot manager Mark Blackwell and fire safety team member Andrea Turcotte hold up smoke alarms at Home Depot Thursday morning.
  2. Fire Safety Plea To New And Returning Students With university term dates looming, students who are about to move away from home are being urged to go through a simple fire safety checklist. The plea comes from firefighters and community safety staff at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.
  3. Fire safety partnership formed Fire safety partnership formed This Is The Westcountry HOMES in Sedgemoor has teamed up with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to promote fire safety in the home. The partnership will promote fire safety to housing association tenants through events, information and advice.
  4. Fire sprinkler idea dropped Fire sprinkler idea dropped Calgary Herald Sprinkler systems will not be made mandatory in detached single-family homes and duplexes in Calgary. Installation of sprinkler systems in detached single-family houses and duplex homes will not be made …
  5. High-rise tower sprinkler proves a hit – Since the tragedy, the Chief Fire Officers Association has campaigned for the greater use of sprinkler systems to help save lives. South Yorkshire’s Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney added: “We are delighted to be involved in such a ground-breaking and …
  6. Success for Cumbria fire prevention work The service said it believed it was a result of its work in communities to prevent fires, such as home safety checks and work with schools. Cumbria Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison said: “These 10-year figures are excellent and a testament to the …

 

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