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NFPA President Jim Shannon spoke today about gearing up for a fire-safe Thanksgiving holiday at an event co-hosted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and NFPA. The groups urged consumers to be aware that the threat of fires in the kitchen triples on Thanksgiving Day. Safety messages were reinforced with full-scale fire demonstrations that underscored the seriousness of cooking fires. From 2009 through 2011, there was an average of about 1,300 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, according to CPSC. This is more than three times the average daily rate from 2009 through... Continue reading
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Fire safety can be an intimidating topic – adults are sometimes unsure about how to approach children to talk about it, and for children it is a subject that can sometimes be frightening. That’s why for Fire Prevention Week and throughout October, NFPA and LEGO collaborated to reach thousands children... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Safety Source
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Fire safety can be an intimidating topic – adults are sometimes unsure about how to approach children to talk about it, and for children it is a subject that can sometimes be frightening. That’s why for Fire Prevention Week and throughout October, NFPA and LEGO collaborated to reach thousands children and their families with important fire safety information in a unique way. To assist in getting these important fire-safe conversations and activities started and reinforced, the organizations worked together on printable resources that are heavy on fire safety and also heavy on fun, brick-loads of fun to be exact. Attractive... Continue reading
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NFPA has teamed up with Stride Rite to help educate families on the importance of safety around the Halloween holiday. Safety is important at Halloween - from fire safety around decorations, to safe costumes, to being seen while trick-or-treating using a flashlight, glow stick or light-up shoes or sneakers. NFPA and Stride Rite share the same goal of keeping families safe. Check out the tips below and visit www.nfpa.org/striderite for terrific downloadable activity sheets for kids and additional safety information. Leave a comment to let us and others know what you are doing to step it up for safety this... Continue reading
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(L-R) Piotr Tofilo, president of SFPE's Poland Chapter presented the Polish version of NFPA 92 to Don Bliss, NFPA vice president of Field Operations Piotr Tofilo, president of the Poland Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers visited NFPA Headquarters in Quincy (Mass.) to personally present the newly published Polish version of NFPA 92, Standard for Smoke Control Systems to staff. It is the first NFPA standard to be translated into Polish and was selected because it is a document used frequently in Poland. NFPA 204, Standard for Smoke and Heat Venting is the next NFPA standard slated for... Continue reading
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During Fire Prevention Week, participating Domino’s Pizza stores in the U.S. delivered important fire safety messages on top of pizza boxes featuring Sparky the Fire Dog®. The messages on the boxes supported the theme for the Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Prevent Kitchen Fires!” and were a key element in NFPA... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Safety Source
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During Fire Prevention Week, participating Domino’s Pizza stores in the U.S. delivered important fire safety messages on top of pizza boxes featuring Sparky the Fire Dog®. The messages on the boxes supported the theme for the Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Prevent Kitchen Fires!” and were a key element in NFPA and Domino’s efforts to work together to promote fire safety. Domino's Pizza boxtopper In addition, select customers who ordered from participating Domino’s Pizza stores throughout the U.S. during Fire Prevention Week were surprised when their delivery arrived aboard a fire truck. If all the smoke alarms in the home were... Continue reading
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LEGO team members join Sparky the Fire Dog and Boston Fire Museum volunteers to pose for a quick photo at community event. Can you find the firefighter made of bricks? Hundreds visited the Boston Fire Museum in Massachusetts on the eve of Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) to build on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2013 at Safety Source
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LEGO team members join Sparky the Fire Dog and Boston Fire Museum volunteers for a photo. Can you find the firefighter made from LEGO bricks? Hundreds visited the Boston Fire Museum in Massachusetts on the eve of Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) to build on their fire safety knowledge. The event, hosted by NFPA and LEGO CITY®, featured a life-size firefighter made of LEGO bricks and the opportunity to work with a LEGO master builder to create a giant fire department shield. Sparky the Fire Dog® delighted children and adults alike and the Boston Fire Department parked trucks outside and... Continue reading
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New Yorkers making their way to work this morning were seen rubbing their eyes to be sure they were fully awake and that what they were seeing wasn’t a bizarre dream. It was a sight to behold – Sparky the Fire Dog in the company of more than a dozen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Safety Source
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New Yorkers making their way to work this morning were seen rubbing their eyes to be sure they were fully awake and that what they were seeing wasn’t a bizarre dream. It was a sight to behold – Sparky the Fire Dog in the company of more than a dozen of his fellow icons, including such favorites as M&Ms, Twinkie the Kid, Charlie the Tuna, Smokey Bear and others. The mascots, riding Mini Cooper convertibles and a double-decker tour bus, paraded through the streets of the city much to the delight of onlookers. This “dream team” of advertising characters made... Continue reading
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Detroit Fire Department kicked-off the 2012 FPW Domino's program NFPA teams up with organizations and fire departments across the country regularly to expand the reach of fire safety information, but the biggest push by far happens each October around Fire Prevention Week. FPW, as it is referred to by many, is a time when the fire service and communities rally around fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been involved in this effort for more than 90 years as the week’s official sponsor. FPW will take place October 6-12 this year and NFPA is once again working with a variety of... Continue reading
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A KPHO-TV / CBS-5-AZ.COM image shows fires raging in the hills near Yarnell, Arizona on June 30, 2013 (Kpho-Tv/Cbs-5-Az.Com/AFP) "Today is an extremely sad and difficult day as we are painfully reminded of the growing threat of wildfire and its potential to take human life," said NFPA President Jim Shannon acknowledging the death of 19 firefighters killed in a raging wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona. "To the families of these brave individuals in Arizona, their friends, their community and their fellow firefighters across the globe who devote their lives to saving others from fire, we offer our heartfelt condolences and share... Continue reading
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L-R Tim Turbak, vice president of Valley Fire Protection Systems and IFPA vice president; Don Olson, president of SAHF; Deputy Fire Commissioner Richard C. Ford, Chicago Fire; and Vincent Rodriguez APEX Pumping Equipment and president of IFPA The Illinois Fire... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Five women were tragically killed Saturday evening in a limousine fire that happened on a bridge above the San Francisco Bay, according to news reports. The limo passengers were a bride-to-be and her friends out for a bachelorette party to celebrate an upcoming wedding. We have had many people reach out to us today for information on automobile fires. Does this incident leave you wondering about how often automobile fires happen and how many people die because of them? NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division tracks vehicle fire statistics and estimates that on average, 17 automobile fires were reported per... Continue reading
CPSC, the National Fire Protection Association and Maryland's Office of the State Fire Marshal recently teamed up to offer safety tips on holiday decorating. Watch video from the event and take steps to prevent your festive holidays from turning into flaming fiascos. Read the blog post about the event. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Safety Source
CPSC, the National Fire Protection Association and Maryland's Office of the State Fire Marshal recently teamed up to offer safety tips on holiday decorating. Watch video from the event and take steps to prevent your festive holidays from turning into flaming fiascos. Read the blog post about the event. Continue reading
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The Home Depot in Travers City, Michigan donated 2500 smoke alarms to area fire departments ‘Tis the season for giving and thanks to a joint effort by NFPA, The Home Depot and Kidde, fire departments across the country are receiving 50,000 smoke alarms, valued at $1million dollars to enhance fire safety in their communities. The Home Depot and Kidde ran a fall fire safety program which inlcuded a challenge to store associates to compete for top sales of smoke alarms and CO detectors. The top selling store in each region was rewarded with an opportunity to give back to their... Continue reading
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Hanukkah begins today! This weekend in many households across the world, families will gather to celebrate this holiday and relive some traditions. Candles are frequently used in religious services, in places of worship, and in the home. Whether you are using one candle, or more than one on a candelabra, kinara, or on a menorah, you should keep in mind some simple safety tips to keep you and your family safe. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. On average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a U.S. fire department every 40 minutes.... Continue reading
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CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and NFPA's Greg Cade NFPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maryland’s Office of the State Fire Marshal recently teamed up to bring needed attention to fire risks that frequently go hand-in-hand with holiday decorating. Greg Cade, NFPA’s director of Government Affairs participated in an event this week at CPSC’s new National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, MD that included live burn demonstrations to underscore the importance of being aware of fire risks and taking action to avoid them. “Christmas and the days around it are typically some of the top days for home... Continue reading
Dr. Louis Gritzo of FM Global highlights the three big takeaways from his talk regarding the integral role of fire protection on sustainability, given at the Fire Safety and Sustainable Building Design Symposium. View more videos of Dr. Gritzo on this topic. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Tom Chapin of Underwriters Laboratories presented at the Fire Safety Design and Building Sustainability Symposium on the impact of new 'sustainable' materials on the fire load of buildings. In his remarks, he shared information on the implications of population growth on sustainability which was a hot topic at a recent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Louis Gritzo, Ph.D., FM Global’s vice president of research recently told us about some key areas that he will be addressing during his presentation on "The Integral Role of Fire Protection in Sustainability” at the Fire Protection Research Foundation's Fire Safety and Sustainable Building Design Symposium (Nov. 7-8). “Fire protection is part of good risk management throughout the entire life cycle of a building,” according to Gritzo. Gritzo highlights how good fire protection can benefit the environment. For more information on the agenda or to register, visit www.nfpa.org/foundation. Continue reading
J. Thomas Chapin, Ph.D. of Underwriters Laboratories recently shared some thoughts related to his upcoming presentation at the Fire Protection Research Foundation's Fire Safety and Sustainable Building Design Symposium (Nov. 7-8) titled "Do we understand the impact of new 'sustainable' materials on the fire load of buildings?" How does sustainability impact the new design of buildings? Chapin says it is an issue that involves a multidisciplinary focus because many professionals need to address it including, scientists, engineers, product designers, architects and the architectural community, the insurance industry, and first responders. Can we have a sustainable building that is still safe?... Continue reading
Amanda Kimball, research manager for The Fire Protection Research Foundation says discussions of sustainable building design and its impacts on fire safety that began at the Foundation’s strategic planning meeting several years ago is where the need for more information in this area was solidified. As the Foundation continued to explore the need for more discussions on this topic, it became clear that there was great value in bringing together members of the design and fire protection communities to discuss it, which eventually led to the development of the Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings Symposium. The Foundation discovered that... Continue reading