Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – May 3, 2012

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

Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles – Updated 04/30/2012

Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities

  1. Fatal Pennsylvania Fire Spurs Smoke Detector Drive – Members of the Shenandoah Fire Department are spearheading a program designed to make sure every occupied home in the borough is equipped with a smoke detector .
  2. Door-to-Door Checks for Carbon Monoxide Detectors After Deaths –Prince George’s County firefighters are going door-to-door to check for carbon monoxide detectors after five people died from of apparent CO poisoning in Oxon Hill, Md. Oxon Hill firefighters have been going door-to-door in the South …
  3. Memphis Firefighters Hand Out Smoke Detectors – Memphis fire fighters knocking on doors making sure people know smoke alarms can save their lives. They’re getting the word out after a fire Monday took the life of a 79-year-old George Brack on Winwood Drive. Fire officials aren’t sure if Brack’s …
  4. Chillicothe Fire Department may resume free smoke alarm inspections – Because the money came from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Gallagher said anything left over from the grant is restricted to prevention activities
  5. PBFD to give in-home sprinkler system presentations – We’ll set a fire in a trash can, and people will be able to see how the fire progresses. Fire department personnel will put that fire out, then we’ll set the fire in the second room, but we’ll have a sprinkler head there. The last time we did this, …
  6. Wausau Firefighters to show importance of smoke detectors – The Wausau Fire Department is inviting the public to a home in Wausau to see how a smoke detector can save lives. The public is invited 9 am to 12 pm, Saturday to a home at 1502 North Second St.,

Campus fire safety

  1. Mom Who Lost Son In Blaze: ‘Give Yourself Every Opportunity To Survive’ – Boston, MA But one thing that may not come to mind is fire safety. For one woman who lost her son in an on-campus fire , educating students about how to prevent fires or, if necessary, escape one, is a matter of life and death. In 1998, Michael Minger was …
  2. University buildings have no major fire safety violations – The Daily Reveille reported this week that many University academic buildings lacked sufficient sprinkler coverage or needed new fire alarms, but campus facilities have passed their most recent fire marshall inspections.

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Half of San Antonio apartments flunking new fire inspection – Thousands of San Antonio families live in apartments. When there’s a fire, smoke alarms can be the difference between life and death. However, a News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooters investigation has found only about half of the apartments …
  2. State fire marshal: Pontiac schools must take chains off doors – Tony Sanfilippo, assistant state fire marshal , confirmed the Pontiac Public School District was sent a cease and desist letter after a complaint was made that doors were being chained shut on all of the buildings in the district.

Smoke Alarms

  1. One in Three Households Misreports Smoke Alarm Coverage
  2. Smoke alarms keep doing their job – Months prior, her son attended at a fire safety lesson put on by the local fire department, and part of his homework was to make sure the smoke alarms in the home worked. They didn’t, and new batteries took care of that. Had the smoke alarms not been …
  3. Memphis Firefighters Hand Out Smoke Detectors – Memphis fire fighters knocking on doors making sure people know smoke alarms can save their lives. They’re getting the word out after a fire Monday took the life of a 79-year-old George Brack on Winwood Drive. Fire officials aren’t sure if Brack’s …
  4. Fatal Pennsylvania Fire Spurs Smoke Detector Drive – Members of the Shenandoah Fire Department are spearheading a program designed to make sure every occupied home in the borough is equipped with a smoke detector .
  5. Door-to-Door Smoke Alarm Scam Reporter The Spokane Fire Chief also confirmed that today; he said the department will do checks on public businesses and malls to ensure they are up to code, …

Sprinklers

  1. State Considers Mandatory Sprinklers In All New Homes – Fire offiicials say studies show sprinklers in buildings help save lives. But the Homebuilders Association says smoke detectors already are sufficient. Fire officials tell us the cost for installing a sprinkler system, for the average …
  2. Home sprinklers save day in Ridgefield – Home sprinklers save day in Ridgefield The Columbian A garage fire did about $30000 damage to this Ridgefield-area house on Sunday but a sprinkler system kept it from causing much more damage, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue. By Dave Kern A sprinkler system is credited for ..
  3. PBFD to give in-home sprinkler system presentations – We’ll set a fire in a trash can, and people will be able to see how the fire progresses. Fire department personnel will put that fire out, then we’ll set the fire in the second room, but we’ll have a sprinkler head there. The last time we did this, …
  4. New water mist system installed in vulnerable smokers’ homes – United Kingdom New water mist system installed in vulnerable smokers’ homes Fire Industry Association A type of sprinkler system is set to be installed into the homes of vulnerable smokers in Hull in a bid to reduce the number of fire deaths in the region. In partnership with community organisations, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is fitting water …
  5. Officials recommending fire sprinklers in homes – Cape Coral, FL – Last Tuesday, Sonshine Christian Academy Pastor Bob Calvert lost everything after a brush fire tore through his home in Buckingham. “It’s overwhelming. It’s what happens to someone else all the time,” Calvert says. Fire officials want to prevent ..
  6. Officials recommending fire sprinklers in homes – On Monday, Island Harbor Construction and firefighters held a demonstration on fire sprinklers . “They are effective, they save lives. Bottom line, they are efficient,” says Cape Coral Fire Department Fire Marshal Alan Carter. Carter says sprinklers are …
  7. Alaska city passes ordinance providing homeowners with tax credit for installation home fire sprinklers The city of Kenai, Alaska, recently passed an ordinance that provides a homeowner tax credit for the installation of residential sprinkler systems. Homeowner who install a sprinkler system will receive a tax credit up to the total cost of the installation of the system, or two dollars per square foot for the size of their home, not including their garage. Terry Bookey, a member of the Kenai City Council and a former Kenai firefighter, spoke at NFPA’s Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, and said that…

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Communities more Firewise, 3 years after Barefoot fire – At Walker’s Woods, a subdivision often threatened by woods fires, homeowners regularly get together now for “chipping days”, a group effort to make people more Firewise . “They have come together as a community and trimmed their shrubbery, replace some ..
  2. Feds: Weather patterns, prevention key to limiting severity of 2012 fire season
  3. Residents recall most destructive fire in state history – Communities across the county have gathered and joined a group called Firewise . According to firewise .org, it is a nationwide program that encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, …
  4. State fire officials say more smoking-related fires are beginning outside the home – In an attempt to reduce the number of such fires, Coan said, he sought a change in the state fire code . “What we have done, through the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations, is gotten approval for a new regulation that will require that mulch not be …
  5. Colorado could be facing severe wildfire season
  6. L.A. County Fire Urges Residents to Clear Brush for Fire Prevention – Hillside residents are being reminded that starting Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will begin conducting its annual brush clearance inspection. According to the city, the goal of having these inspections is to …

Safety tips and reminders

  1. No report this week

Other Safety News

  1. Rise in RV’s Causes Fire Safety Concerns for Officials – Odessa, Texas – The county is growing at a fast pace and due to the lack of availability of housing where there use to be only one house, now you see multiple RV’s parked, and county residents aren’t the only ones noticing.
  2. The hard lessons of others on fire safety If for any reason you think any of the following was a good idea, quickly respond to the nearest fire academy or fire-prevention division for a dose of fire-safety education. And perhaps a deeper evaluation is in order. The first incident was reported to a Texas fire department in the early evening hours. The callers had been cooking on the grill in their home’s garage. When they finished cooking …
  3. Ridgely youth honored for saving family – The fire, which the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said started on the rear deck, had already engulfed the back of the house. Benton ran upstairs and woke up his parents, Jessica and Robert Benton, and his younger brother, Jackson, 6.

 


Smoke Alarm Saves

  1. Four year old hears smoke alarms, wakes up family – Crews were called to the 700 block of Ridgeway Avenue in Cedar Falls around 6 am Thursday. After escaping the home unharmed, the mother used a garden hose to put out the fire .
  2. Smoke alarm credited with saving Chandler family – A loud beeping sound around 3 am Friday morning saved a Chandler family of eight. Two grandparents, their two children and four grandchildren made it out of their home near Frye and Arizona Avenue because they had a working smoke detector .

 


Sprinkler Saves

  1. Home sprinklers save day in Ridgefield – Home sprinklers save day in Ridgefield The Columbian A garage fire did about $30000 damage to this Ridgefield-area house on Sunday but a sprinkler system kept it from causing much more damage, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue. By Dave Kern A sprinkler system is credited for ..
  2. Fire at Swan Haven Manor retirement home began with cart burning …Saginaw, MI Something in the dining room burned setting off the fire suppression system which sealed off the room and activated the sprinkler system, extinguishing the …
  3. None injured in Roosevelt apartment fire Residents were evacuated and the building’s sprinkler system was running when fire crews showed up. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire.
  4. Alert neighbor, smoke alarms thwart apartment fire a small fire caused by unattended cooking, before it caused any additional fire damage or activated the building’s automatic fire sprinkler system here.
  5. Family of 5 escapes North Austin house fire A family in North Austin escaped a house fire early Wednesday morning thanks to a working smoke detector. The Austin Fire Department responded to the blaze …

 


Fire Prevention News: International

  1. New water mist system installed in vulnerable smokers’ homes – United Kingdom New water mist system installed in vulnerable smokers’ homes Fire Industry Association A type of sprinkler system is set to be installed into the homes of vulnerable smokers in Hull in a bid to reduce the number of fire deaths in the region. In partnership with community organisations, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is fitting water …
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