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LisaMarie Sinatra
NFPA's Associate Project Manager, Communications
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As the headquarters for the national Firewise program, we here at NFPA have often seen our name in the media regarding our wildfire safety programs. But it's always nice to see communities get the same attention for all of their hard work and efforts, especially when they become a recognized... Continue reading
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The Weed Fire, that broke out in Northern California on Monday has burned at least 75 structures, forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents and has caused the closure of a major interstate freeway (I-5), according to news reports. It is one of 11 major wildfires burning in the state.... Continue reading
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It's widely known that drinking and driving don't mix, but not much has been said about the dangers of drinking and cooking. Yup, you heard right ... accidents can and do happen in the kitchen when alcohol consumption is involved. This week, as we continue our conversation about campus fire... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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Join Sunset Magazine, a California lifestyle magazine, NFPA, and a host of other organizations for an informative hour-long wildfire Twitter chat tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 AM PDT/2:00 PM ET. The discussion will center around wildfires in the west and what residents can do to help reduce their risk.... Continue reading
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On September 11, NFPA, the University of California at Riverside and San Diego and the Western Governors’ Association, in conjunction with the Hazards Caucus Alliance, participated in panel discussion at a Capitol Hill briefing about the U.S. wildfire problem. NFPA’s Michele Steinberg was joined by Laura Wilkeson from the Western... Continue reading
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In a recent article from Minnesota, a state fire marshal reminds residents to "look while you cook." According to the report, last year Minnesota set a record for the number of cooking fires, which sadly killed six people. What I liked about this article, however, was this emphasis on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Safety Source
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Every community profits differently from being a recognized Firewise site. In my weekly blog series about the "Top Seven Benefits to Becoming Firewise," I've been sharing one adantage a week that residents from a number of recognized Firewise sites have shared with us over time. This week I'd like to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
A recent article in the Delaware News Journal reports a fire, which damaged a two-story townhouse, was started in the kitchen due to cooking oil left unsupervised on the stove that then erupted into flames. Thankfully, no one was injured during the fire. Across the country, in an apartment in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Safety Source
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Montana's Mann Gulch Fire of 1949, one of the worst loss-of-life events in fire service history, saw 12 smokejumpers and a national forest ranger die in the event, which had a significant impact on wildland firefighter training nationwide. Read the sobering story of how one of the smokejumpers in that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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During September, we'll be highlighting a number of tips, information and resources you can use and share with friends that can help you stay safer while on campus or off. This week, I'd like to ask: do you know if your campus has prepared for an emergency? Now that you're... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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Doesn't it feel like we were just talking about summer grilling parties? I thought so, until this past weekend when I started seeing television advertisements highlighting the fall football season! Time does fly by, I know, but we should never forget the basics of fire safety no matter what time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Safety Source
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If you're like me, you're amazed at the thought that it's now September! And for most of us, that meant passing up a day at the beach and spending the past weekend moving into dorms and off-campus housing. Being back with friends and enjoying the first few carefree days at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Safety Source
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One of the great themes behind Firewise focuses on neighbors working with neighbors. It stands to reason that no one family, organization or individual can adequately protect homes from the damage a wildfire brings. But together, well, that's a different story ... as the famous adage goes, "It takes a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As many of you know, NFPA is a really great resource for information about cooking fire safety. Our web pages provide all kinds of materials for families and fire professionals and teachers alike. Today I'm happy to report that we've updated our cooking safety web pages and invite you to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Safety Source
Yes, you heard that right! Our deadline for the "call for presentations" for the 2015 Backyards and Beyond conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been extended. The new date is now Monday, December 15, 2014. So, what are you waiting for ... get to work on those proposals and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As the Labor Day weekend holiday fast approaches, it stands to reason that our conversations (re)turn to menus, parties and yes, grilling! That's why I couldn't help but giggle at this latest article in Newsweek, which totally caught my eye ... see if you can answer the question: Are Women... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Safety Source
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I was so happy to see the latest article in USA Today that credits wildfire mitigation activities/strategies and Firewise principles with helping to keep homes safer from wildfire. Here at NFPA, we do a lot of work to provide information, resources and guidance to residents just like you, on ways... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As you've probably heard me say before, I thought it would be great to share with all of you, NFPA's list of the "Top 7 Benefits to Becoming Firewise." It's been a tough season this year, especially in the west where states are experiencing severe drought, and increased and intense... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA has created a new cooking safety infographic for you to use on your website, in blogs and newsletters, and on your Facebook and Twitter platforms. The graphic speaks to an important message when it comes to cooking at home: Install smoke alarms at least 10 feet away from cooking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Safety Source
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According to a news article out of the U.K., cooking is a major cause of accidental fires in homes in North Wales. As a result, the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new campaign, "We Don't Want to Come Dine with You - Think Safe, Cook Safe!,"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Safety Source
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The deadline is fast approaching! Session proposals are due for the 2015 Backyards & Beyond conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina by this Friday, August 29. Got an idea but you're not sure where it fits in the schedule? The areas below can help: Community Safety Approaches and Strategies Home... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As I mentioned last week, I thought it would be great to share with all of you, NFPA's "Top Seven Benefits to Becoming Firewise." Given the intensity of this season's fire activity, there's no better time than now to start working on ways to reduce your neighborhood's wildfire risk. Full... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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This short but to-the-point article in an Australian newspaper reminded me that no matter where we live in the world, fire safety is and should remain one of our top priorities. According to The Advertiser, a food service worker from the Indian Masala restaurant, located in a small shopping center,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Safety Source
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As I looked at my calendar this morning I thought … wow, can we really be this deep into August already!? Well, for some of us, we know what the middle of the month means; waving goodbye to beach parties and saying hello to college exams. This year, as you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Safety Source
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During the last few years, with the number and intensity of wildfires increasing in many parts of the country, it’s more important than ever to begin working on ways to reduce your risk of damage and injuries from these fires. NFPA believe that Firewise can help you do that. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog