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“New NFPA Video Underscores Long-Lasting Realities Of Home Fire Survivors”

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On average, there are nearly 13,000 civilian fire injuries attributed to home fires each year.

In cooperation with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, NFPA has produced a new video underscoring the painful aftermath of these injuries. Burn care specialists from the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, one of the premier burn care hospitals in the U.S., detail the frequency of home fire injuries and painstaking recovery of burn survivors. Their stories help underscore the arduous recovery and procedures survivors endure post-fire.

The video is the latest produced for NFPA’s Faces of Fire Campaign, a component of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative that helps humanize North America’s home fire problem and highlights the necessity of fire sprinklers in new homes. We will be releasing a second video from our interviews with the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center specialists in the next few weeks and will alert you when it’s available.

Please help us spread the word about this important video by: 
Sharing the video link directly on social media

Embedding the video directly on a web page [use this code: http://a%20class=]

Source: NFPA Xchange By:  Fred Durso on Jan 4, 2017

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“Why 9 Volt Batteries & “Junk Drawers” Do Not Mix”

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Actual 9 Volt Battery Fire Aftermath

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If you want to get an idea of how this happens, do like I did when I was changing 7 smoke detector back-up batteries. I removed the old battery from one of the smoke detectors and inadvertently put it in my pants pocket where it came to rest onto the loose change in my pocket.

As I was finishing up this annual “to do” list item and to keep the home safe, I suddenly felt this warmth on my leg. I immediately reached into my pocket and pulled out the battery. I then went to remove the change from my pocket and found it to be very hot. All in a matter of 10 to 15 minutes, even with a year old battery which was virtually dead, the 9 volt battery still had enough life in it to create what I now call…..”A Whole New Meaning To The Word….Hot Pants.” Please be aware of what can happen and check your home today!

Jack Benton

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