Fire Prevention Weekly Digest – June 12, 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

 

Campaigns

/ Other Fire Prevention Activities

  1. Davidson County Fire Marshal’s Office Program Free Smoke Alarms – Alan Varner, smoke alarm technician with the fire marshal’s office, is working to get the message to the community about the county’s involvement in the Get Alarmed NC program. The grant-funded program is aimed at increasing fire safety awareness …
  2. Eugene first graders raise money for fire safety education –  First graders at McCornack Elementary School crafted special greeting cards with original art and sold them all year to raise money for fire safety . Thursday they presented a check for $44 to Casey the Fire Dog. Casey’s big brother Cody …
  3. Portsmouth sets goals to make fire deaths obsolete – Chief Horton said that new fire prevention programs have created opportunities for enlightenment and education of the public. A Home Safety Survey Program , where citizens can request for firefighters to come into their home and give fire safety advice, …
  4. Volunteers to teach children fire safety –  Children can learn what to do during a fire at Blank Children’s Hospital’s Fire Safety House on Saturday. The motor- home -like Fire Safety House has a kitchen, living room and bedroom inside. Ankeny firefighters and trained volunteers will teach …
  5. Kids Escape Fire Simulator – State Farm hosted Blank Children’s Hospital’s Fire Safety House . Metro families brought their kids to point out fire hazards in the kitchen, watch a cartoon video that emphasized having an escape route and crawl through fake smoke and out a window to …
  6. U.S. Forest Service, NFPA and Ad Council launch national PSA campaign encouraging Americans to adapt and prepare for wildland fires

 


Campus fire safety

  1. No report

     


Inspections / Code enforcement

  1. Homeless shelter scrambles to add sprinkler system – A Davenport fire inspection earlier this year uncovered the lack of a fire suppression system required for a building’s residential use. Before the shelter opened, the building was considered to have a business use. Without a sprinkler system, …
  2. Walmart to stop selling sky lanterns amid fire concerns – She said she couldn’t get authorities or officials at the store to do anything about the apparent fire hazard . “It (the fire threat) was such an obvious, common-sense thing, and I was surprised that so many people would just disregard that kind of …
  3. Fire department to monitor fireworks use, sale – The Michigan State Fire Marshal Bureau requires a certificate for the newly legal fireworks sales and that permit is available only once a year. “They also have to file to get a permit from the City Clerk‘s Office. We will make sure they (fireworks …

Smoke Alarms

  1. Many haven’t replace smoke alarm — ever A Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center study found that by the time a smoke alarm is 10 years old — the age at which the National Fire Protection …
  2. TFD installed smoke detector helps save two lives –“Without a working smoke alarm in the home they would not been warned of the fire in time to escape the burning structure,” May said. The TULSA (Tulsa Utilizing Lifesaving Smoke Alarms) program was established in 2004 to provide firefighters with a …

Sprinklers

  1. A reminder to never paint your home fire sprinklers In a home fire sprinkler system, a network of piping filled with water under pressure is installed behind the walls and ceilings, and individual sprinklers are placed along the piping to protect the areas beneath them. Because the water is always in the piping, the fire sprinkler system is always “on call”. If fire breaks out, the air temperature above the fire rises and the sprinkler activates when the air temperature gets high enough. The sprinkler sprays water forcefully over the flames,…
  2. How to advocate for home sprinklers One of the goals of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative is to give advocates the tools they need to convince local governments to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Detailed recommendations for effective advocacy are found on this section of the FSI website. What follows is an overview of the recommendations: Be informed – make sure you are aware of the current environment surrounding the issue Build a coalition – reach out to other fire sprinkler advocates in your community to…
  3. Sprinklers are saviours How many more senior citizens have to die needlessly in fires in nursing homes … for all seniors’ residences to be retrofitted with automatic sprinkler systems.

Wildland Fire Safety

  1. NIST researchers implement new post-WUI fire data-collection strategies in Southern California & Texas
  2. Fires spur home safety message –   As part of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant program, evaluators will provide free Firewise assessments of properties and suggest methods to keep structures safe from wildfires. A US Forest Service grant will assist home and business …
  3. UW offers website to reduce wildfire risks – Subjects in how-to articles and videos include creating defensible space around a house, cabin or outbuilding, firewise plants that can be used in landscapes and other steps to prepare for wildfire. There is also information about what to do after a …
  4. Don’t Get Burnt, Get Firewise – Firewise of Southwest Colorado will hold its “Don’t Get Burnt, Get Firewise ” event on Sunday June 10, from 1-5pm at the La Plata County Fairgrounds (Extension Building). This community event will feature a look back at the historic Missionary Ridge …
  5. City Unveils Fire Safety Demo GardenA garden full of fire-resistant plants and groundcover, including a stand-in art house, aims to demonstrate what residential fire-safe landscaping should look like.
  6. Fire Scape Landscaping – Regular scheduled maintenance decreases the fire hazard . Remove all fallen branches, shreds of bark, and dead or dying foliage from the ground. Keep annual grasses and weeds mowed to reduce their fire carrying potential. The Santa Barbara County Fire ..
  7. Fire Officials ask Public for Extra Help in Fire Prevention –Dry weather has caused fire crews to battle a number of grass fires across the state. Officials are asking the public to be extra careful when out and about. Lancaster County fire crews responded to five separate calls for grass fires in the last two …
  8. State, city officials prepare for wildfire season – Leroy Griffin, assistant fire marshal with Oakland’s Fire Prevention Bureau, said the low number of fires in the Bay Area is consistent with years past. The city is using the start of the season, which runs until October, to educate homeowners about …
  9. U.S. Forest Service, NFPA and Ad Council launch national PSA campaign encouraging Americans to adapt and prepare for wildland fires

 


Safety tips and reminders

  1. Firefighters to give advice on avoiding fire afloat “Not only will a smoke alarm alert you to fire on board but it will also give you time to escape and phone the fire service. “It really could make all the difference …
  2. Frontenac Fire Department Issues Fire Safety Tips –Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires.
  3. Is your new home safe and secure? –  Fire experts recommend replacing alarms every 10 years as older smoke alarms may not operate efficiently and often cause nuisance alarms. By the time a smoke alarm is 10 years old, it has a 30 percent chance of not alarming due to age-related factors ..
  4. Fire Safety: Grilling and Campfires – Everyone looks forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the Fourth of July. However, there are almost 3800 Americans injured by outdoor cooking and recreational fires each year. By Julie Brown Patton Here are a few safety tips …

Other Safety News

  1. A caution about new novelty lighters that look cool to kids A bill was introduced into the Senate to give the state fire marshal the authority and discretion to ban particular “novelty lighters,” that have “the appearance of a …
  2. A tale of two families Just under a year ago, we lost six lives in an early morning house fire in Warren, Ohio. In March of this year, Warren lost another four lives in an early morning house fire. These were both families made up of adults and children, who had many friends, a loving extended family, and the potential for many bright years ahead of them.
  3. Is your new home safe and secure? – One of the greatest hazards in a home that usually is the furthest from the mind is fire. But, it’s one of the easiest to address. “As we approach Home Safety Month in June, there is an urgent need to educate families about fire safety ,” says Kate Carr …
  4. Five Appointed to Fire Marshal Advisory Board – Dennis Daugaard has appointed five new members to the State Fire Marshal’s Advisory Board. Fire Marshal Paul Merriman said he believes the board will give his office a solid connection with firefighters and other stakeholders involved in fire safety , …
  5. Cedar Park Fire Chief Connealy resigns to become state fire marshal Chris Connealy had served as the Cedar Park Fire Department chief since March 1, 2004, and prior to that was the ch ief of the Houston Fire Department.
  6. Criminal charges won’t be filed in Conn. Christmas fatal fire –  “However,” Cohen continued, “where so much is unknown or in dispute, where the facts are inconclusive and where the safety of the public will not be enhanced, I have decided to exercise the discretion given to me by our state constitution and by my …
  7. High Rise Fire Study Underway in Crystal City – ARL The Arlington County Fire Department and numerous other local fire departments are participating in a month-and-a-half-long study in Crystal City that could help save lives.

Smoke Alarm Saves

  1. Unattended cooking destroys eight-unit apartment complex A smoke alarm and quick-thinking neighbours likely saved several lives in Sturgeon Falls as the number one cause of residential fires — unattended…
  2. Two men people escape house fire in east Houston A smoke alarm woke up two people just in time to escape their burning home. … The fire broke out around 2am at a home on Blythe near Westmont in east …
  3. Smoke detectors alert Hamilton family to fire –  A log home overlooking the Rabbit River in Hamilton was heavily damaged by flames early this morning. The residents escaped after being alerted to the blaze by smoke detectors. Firefighters responded at 4:25 am to the fire in the 3500 …
  4. TFD installed smoke detector helps save two lives –“Without a working smoke alarm in the home they would not been warned of the fire in time to escape the burning structure,” May said. The TULSA (Tulsa Utilizing Lifesaving Smoke Alarms) program was established in 2004 to provide firefighters with a …
  5. Family escapes mobile home fire in Karns –  Marston also said the family was saved because they had working smoke detectors in their home. “The good thing is, because they had a smoke detector , seven people we’re able to get out without serious injuries,” he said. Officials determined the cause …

 


Sprinkler Saves

  1. Sprinkler system limits college campus fire to small area
  2. Fire sprinkler protects lives and property during fire at Lakeside Village in Saginaw County, Michigan Carelessly discarded smoking materials started a fire at the Lakeside Village Apartment building, where mostly older adults and persons with disabilities reside. Thanks to the fire sprinkler system, there were no injuries and minimal property damage.
  3. Fire Forces Evacuations at Crestview Terrace in BryanFirefighters say the fire started on a stove inside a third floor apartment. The emergency sprinkler system extinguished the flames before fire crews arrived.
  4. Sprinklers control laundry room fire at fitness facility
  5. 2 fires forced guests out of a Wilmington hotel Two fires forced guests out of a Wilmington hotel. … when it caught fire. The sprinkler system was activated and the first fire was quickly extinguished.
  6. Nursing home fire sends 18 people to the hospital Attica Fire Chief, Ed O’Farrell said when fire broke out in a room, the nursing home’s emergency sprinklers kicked on. He said when emergency crews arrived at …

 


Fire Prevention News: International

  1. Spread the message about fire safety and be a community volunteer DORSET Fire and Rescue Service bosses are looking for volunteers to help press home fire safety messages in their own communities.
  2. Would Safety Drills Have Saved 13 Kids? – It is still not known how often fire drills and safety checks were undertaken at the Villago Mall in Doha, Qatar, where it is alleged engineering faults and building design deficiencies have contributed to the deaths of 19 people, including 13 children …
  3. Go for Gold with Olympic fire safety campaign – CHILDREN will be urged to think about fire safety this summer in a new campaign to be launched in Dorset. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service is launching its Go for Gold Olympic home fire safety initiative aimed at families as Weymouth and Portland gears …

 

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