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LisaMarie Sinatra
NFPA's Associate Project Manager, Communications
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In its August issue, just out on newsstands, Men’s Journal magazine highlights America’s wildfire problem and what the country is trying to do to tackle this growing crisis. Author David H. Freedman, in his article titled, “America is Burning,” examines the many different aspects of the fire problem including climate... Continue reading
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A recent article in the Wirral Globe, a local newspaper in England, caught my eye last night. According to the newspaper, a number of kitchen fires have been reported recently (more than usual for this area) and the residents of Wirral, a peninsula in North West England, are being warned... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Safety Source
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Oregon and Washington have seen their share of wildfire activity this past month. News reports say that a combined 940,000 acres in both states have burned to date. Fire officials point to lightning as the cause of several of the large fires. Northwest Interagency Coordination Center spokeswoman, Carol Connolly, said... Continue reading
This week on the Today Show, reporter Jeff Rossen highlighted the dangers of propane grills when used the wrong way. According to the report, the most common mistake people make when grilling is turning on the gas with the cover of the grill down. When you do that, there’s a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Safety Source
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According to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, about 50 fires are now burning across the state and residents continue to brace for the worst as firefighters battle the blazes that have been sparked by hot, dry weather, powerful winds and lightning. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said over the... Continue reading
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A number of wildfires that have spread across Nevada, Washington and Oregon have prompted the governors of two of these states to declare states of emergency and calls for evacuation for hundreds of homes, according to news reports. As we previously have reported, high temperatures and continued drought conditions are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In recognition of the anniversaries of the South Canyon and Black Tiger Fires in Colorado this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region posted a press release that provides a number of resources, including Firewise, evacuation and emergency kit information for residents,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Call me crazy but I just learned that July is National Grilling Month! Yes, that’s right. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this is the month to focus on all things grilling and food safety. It make sense to me because as you’ve heard us mention many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Safety Source
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A wildfire burning near the Moccasin Hill neighborhood in southern Oregon has officials there worried about its increasing size due to the high winds and extremely dry conditions. News reports state that more than 100 people have been evacuated from homes in the area but thankfully, no word of any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Six days, 93 wildfires, two deaths, and more than 100 houses destroyed—the event that locals call “Firestorm ’91” still weighs heavily on the residents of Spokane, Washington, who were there to witness it. Less than a decade after the tragedy and mere miles from where a woman had died trying... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Teatro Naturale International, an Italian weekly online magazine devoted to all things agricultural, alimentary and environmental, recently announced their 5-day professional training course for people who want to study and improve their knowledge and appreciation of olive oil, and become a certified EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) Sommelier. The description... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Safety Source
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In honor of the late Philip J. DiNenno, the highly regarded former CEO of Hughes Associates who passed away in 2013, NFPA and Hughes Associates have established the DiNenno Prize to recognize significant technical developments that enhance fire safety. In addition to honoring Mr. DiNenno's memory, the DiNenno Prize will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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According to Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources, four active wildfires are burning across the state’s southeast region. Temperatures reaching 100 degrees or more are forecast for the area over the next few days, and combined with the dry conditions the state is currently experiencing, the risk for continued wildfire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Have a great story, case study or experience to share at the 2015 Backyards & Beyond conference? With NFPA accepting proposals in five key areas including community safety, home construction and landscape design, research, technology and wildfire planning, there's an section for any and all who want to present! Now's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I came across a short editorial about grilling on Alabama's WAF-48 website today that I wanted to share. In the editorial, reporter Vanessa Oubre gives "her take" on grilling safety. She reminds people that while the 4th of July has come and gone, grilling season continues, so, it's important to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Safety Source
Just the other day, one of my colleagues here at NFPA sent the trailer to Disney’s latest film, Planes: Fire & Rescue. We had heard about this film many months back and as a fan of Disney/Pixar, I have been very curious to see how the film house would tackle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Two years ago, the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado suffered a major wildfire, which destroyed nearly 350 homes and was one of the most costly in the state’s history. Residents of Colorado Springs are still rebuilding after the Waldo Canyon Fire, but a recent blog post authored by Christina Randall... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A wildfire near Napa Valley, California has not threatened any of the major wine vineyards but overnight the Butts Fire grew to almost 4,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Although temps are in the 90’s, authorities say more favorable conditions are upon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
On ABC’s Good Morning America’s “Need to Know” segment the other day, Alex Perez reported on the hazards of grilling, particularly when safety protocols are not put in place. And while the report focused mainly on all of the things that can go wrong, he did point out the proper... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Safety Source
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When wildfires burn, it's important to know where they are in relation to your community. NFPA's wildfire map, developed by GeoMAC, shows current wildfire activity across the U.S. including when it started, the cause, the name and location of the fire and more. And the map is updated every 24... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A lot has been said recently about the importance of safe grilling, especially with the Fourth of July weekend coming up. So as we get closer to the holiday, here’s a reminder for everyone to please play it safe! With family, friends and lots of activity around you, it’s easy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Safety Source
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I noted in my calendar recently that the first anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire was approaching. As I thought about what I would write in our Fire Break blog about the incident, I happened to visit NIFC’s (National Interagency Fire Center) website (for something else completely) and saw their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A recent article on CentralPA.com reminds people to use caution when heading out to use the grill this summer. The author quoted the Altoona, Blair County Fire Inspector who says he responds to nearly 500 calls about outdoor grilling fires and burns during an average summer. That’s 500 calls too... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Safety Source
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Just the other day I came across some sobering information from Minnesota on cooking fires that I wanted to share. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division’s (SFMD) preliminary (annual) Fire in Minnesota report, kitchen fires killed more people in 2013 than the previous seven... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Safety Source
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Post-fire studies, experiments and models show that homes ignite due to the condition of the home itself and everything around it within 100-200 feet. Embers from a grass, brush or forest fire can reach homes on the wind and ignite flammable objects on or around the home. Embers can also... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog