Fire Prevention News: Weekly Digest – May 21, 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 05/21/2012

Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities

  1. 2012 Wildfire Risk Assessment – The Mariposa Fire Safe Council hosted the annual Wildfire Risk Assessment event in the community of Ponderosa Basin , on Friday, May 4, 2012. The assessment is part of the Council’s efforts to educate the public on fire safety and prevention and to …
  2. Kansas City Crews Canvas Neighborhood After Deaths –  The packet included a letter about the tragedy, a fire prevention and safety checklist and a brochure about helping young children cope with trauma. Along with making sure everyone knew the importance of smoke alarms, the Red Cross also wanted to make …


Campus fire safety

  1. Nothing to report

Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Rochester, firefighters at odds over vacant building placards – City officials want state permission to sidestep a New York Fire Code requirement that they post placards warning firefighters and other first responders about unsafe conditions inside vacant properties. Rochester is the first city in the state to ..
  2. Fire Department fees could bring in $240K – The city also will charge $75 each time inspectors have to return to check the status of a fire-code violation. The first inspection will be free, but if there’s still a violation upon the second inspection, the owner will be charged.<
  3. SFD tells apartment mgt to correct problem – “Our fire prevention officers enforce the fire code , so they’ll work along with code enforcement and building inspectors to make sure that the property is up to standard”, says Sanders. Inspectors will give the maintenance personnel some time to make ..
  4. Redlands Fire seeks volunteers – The Redlands Fire Department seeks volunteers to help complete fire inspections of local businesses through the Volunteer Inspector Program. The program was established in March to meet the growing demand with the Fire Prevention Bureau to ..
  5. Eagan Council Votes to Revise Outdoor Fire, Grilling Standards – But several other amendments to the city’s fire code were unanimously approved on Tuesday by Eagan City Councilors. Included in the approved amendments was a rule prohibiting residents of multi-family housing with three or more units sharing a …
  6. Fire department looks to recoup inspection costs –  It’s a practice many other cities have used to recoup the cost of time spent on fire prevention and helping companies stay up to code, according to Patterson Fire Department Chief Steve Hall. However, the city would not charge for responding to fire or …

Smoke Alarms

  1. Firefighters emphasize working smoke detectors after tragedy –  A single smoking detector was working in a home ravished by flames, killing a father and his two children.
  2. Smoke detectors given out in QA’s –   Volunteer firefighters installed six more smoke detectors for homes at the end of April during the Rebuilding Together projects throughout the county. Butch Britton, chairman of the fire prevention committee of the Goodwill Fire Company, …


  1. Staffordshire fire boss says 8000 lives could be saved with sprinkler legislation – UK -Calls for sprinkler systems to be fitted in new homes have been backed by Midland fire bosses after six children died in a Derby blaze. Chris Enness, deputy chief fire officer for Staffordshire, said properties vulnerable …
  2. Time Out — Out of Time: Flashover and Residential Sprinklers – By Glenn A. Gaines, Deputy US Fire Administrator – Recently there has been much discussion in regard to response times of fire and EMS field assets, and rightly so. Rapid intervention is something fire and EMS do that is unique in government service. As a response enterprise we look …
  3. Minnesota Governor Mark Layton vetoes legislation that would have prohibited jurisdictions from requiring fire sprinklers in homes Citing safety concerns and new methods of construction Minnesota (MN) Governor Mark Layton vetoed anti-sprinkler legislation. SF1717 would have prohibited local jurisdictions from requiring installation of automatic fire sprinklers in single family dwellings. The governor vetoed similar legislation last year. In his veto message the governor reiterates his position and says, “As I stated in my veto message last year, I take very seriously the concerns which fire safety professionals have expressed about…
  4. Salem repealed sprinkler requirement, but confusion resulted –  Voters’ repeal of the town’s fire sprinkler ordinance has led to concern and confusion. When residents voted in March to rescind the 3-year-old ordinance, it left the town in a “unique situation,” …
  5. Retired fire captain urges use of home sprinklers –  Nine months after a blaze destroyed the upper two levels of retired fire Capt. Richard Soo’s home near Punchbowl, the one-time public information officer and face of the Honolulu Fire Department showed off his new sprinkler system …

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. Arizona wildfires raise concern for community safety Firewise tips help Arizona residents reduce their homes’ risk from wildfire
  2. Steps to keep wild fires from burning your home – Representatives from the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program are working to spread the word on how people can make instant and long-term changes to protect their homes and property against wildfire in …
  3. Community ready for fire season – The national Firewise Community program is an interagency program designed to encourage local solutions for safety in the wildland/urban interface by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, …
  4. Time to be fire wise –  “We do fire inspections of homes, the outside of the property, so people can get an evaluation and know what they can do protect their homes for if and when a wildfire occurs,” FireWise President Jenkinson said. “Because, as you know around here, …
  5. Salt Lake firefighters preparing foothills residents for hot, dry summer –  Asay added that high winds could blow cotton from trees around the valley and create an even bigger potential fire hazard . “If cotton catches fire, it can become instant fuel for fire,” he said. He suggested that homeowners clear as much dry brush from …

Safety tips and reminders

  1. State fire marshal’s office shares hotel safety tips for travelers – Tennessee – The state fire marshal’s office is urging travelers to be fire safe while staying in unfamiliar places. Officials said care should be taken to stay at hotels or motels that have smoke alarms and fire sprinklers. They also urge travelers to read the ..
  2. State Fire Marshal Offers Fire Safety Tips for Rec Vehicles and Travel Trailers –  Washington – The office of the State Fire Marshal reminds citizens as they begin enjoying summer activities such as camping that fire safety needs to remain a top priority. Editor’s Note: The following is a press release issued by the office of the Washington State …
  3. Fire Safety at home – Do you know what to do in the event of a fire? And, here’s the big question: do your kids know what to do? It’s pretty scary to think about your house catching on fire! It just takes minutes for a fire to really get moving. And, those minutes could …
  4. Do’s And Don’ts For Grilling Season
  5. A fire safety checklist every home should have –  There are a lot of easy ways to prevent a fire in your home. Here are a few ways to keep your family fire safe and knowledgeable. First, be sure that a smoke detector is installed on each level of your home, including in the basement
  6. Fire safety for recreational vehicles and travel trailers  “Campers are reminded that fire safety needs to be a priority when vacationing in a recreational vehicle (RV) or travel trailer,” says State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
  7. Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue shares safe grilling tips for barbecue season – That’s why Lt. Christian Sliker, a fire prevention officer with Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, is sharing tips to make sure barbecues don’t go up in flames. “We do get called to cooking fires, both from grills or indoors,” Sliker said.

Other Safety News

  1. Are You Safe on That Sofa? –   New York Times A generation ago, tobacco companies were facing growing pressure to produce fire-safe cigarettes , because so many house fires started with smoldering cigarettes. So tobacco companies mounted a surreptitious campaign for flame retardant furniture
  2. Philadelphia can prevent more deadly fires – Last month, Philadelphia lost three children, two mothers, a grandfather, and a great-grandmother in three separate house fires. In all three, the homes were not equipped with working smoke alarms.

Smoke Alarm Saves

  1. Residents of Wallingford home escapefrom fire after 5-year-old sounds the alarm – A 5-year-year in Wallingford is being credited with helping save the residents of a two-family home from a house fire. Fire officials tell that the child heard the smoke alarm go off early Tuesday morning, and alerted the …
  2. Mother and son escape early morning fire –  “The simple reality is smoke alarms save lives,” CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder said. “It is the cheapest, most effective insurance you have.” Schroeder called the family’s response to the fire “textbook.” “The smoke alarm woke her up; she collected her …
  3. How smoke detectors saved an Elbridge man from fire – The fire broke out around 1:15 pm Saturday on Fikes Road. Sheriff’s deputies say 23-year-old Corey Chiasson was home sleeping when the flames broke out. He woke up thanks to several smoke detectors in the house.


Sprinkler Saves

  1. Residential Sprinkler Prevents Potentially Devastating Fire – The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the Lansdowne fire was accidental and estimated $10000 damage. A residential sprinkler system activation in one of the condominiums located at 19375 Cypress Ridge Terrace in Leisure World …
  2. Fire sprinkler system saves Post Falls business – Fire crews were called to a Post Falls business after mechanical failure sparked a fire Wednesday morning. Fire crews were dispatched just after 7:00 am to a structure fire in a wood chip storage building at 401 N. Potlatch Road, …
  3. Couch fire causes Streamwood apartment evacuation“The building’s fire sprinkler system was able to extinguish the fire before it got out …


Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Domestic sprinkler saves Hull woman’s life – Fire chiefs in Hull have praised a domestic sprinkler system for saving the life of an elderly woman just under five weeks after it was fitted. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service was called to a house in Spring Bank at 9.36pm on May 7th following ..
  2. Caledon’s door-to-door safety awareness campaign starts again –“The Town of Caledon supports the principle of ‘prevention rather than cure,’ taking a proactive approach to fire safety and prevention,” said Fire Chief Brad Bigrigg. “We believe education is a key component of fire safety , and over the next several …

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