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In the rustic region of Norphlet, AR lies a tightly-knit community full of people concerned for the well-being of their town. Being surrounded by tall pine trees and rolling grassy fields presents a very real threat of wildfire, something the neighborhood decided to address when they became a recognized Firewise... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The 55+ community of Horizons at Barnegat is surrounded by “The Pine Barrens,” a vast expanse of pine trees spanning almost 1.1 million acres. Living in such close proximity to the massive forest, residents are always concerned about the dangers of wildfire, especially after a massive fire in 2007 burned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Surrounded by the steep expanses of the western Klamath Mountains lies the community of Orleans, CA, a region rich with biodiversity. Despite recently joining the ranks of Firewise communities in 2011, Orleans has been working tirelessly since 2001 to defend the area from wildfires. Teaming up with the local volunteer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Philip J. DiNenno, the renowned former CEO of Hughes Associates who passed away in 2013, left behind an impressive legacy in the field of fire protection, earning such prestigious awards like the NFPA Standards Medal and the Lamb Award, along with his countless contributions to both the NFPA and other major figures in the fire protection profession. To honor his memory, the NFPA and Hughes Associates have established the DiNenno Prize to recognize significant technical developments that enhance fire safety. To learn more about the award and DiNenno’s efforts surrounding fire protection, read the full press release here! Continue reading
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Living in a densely wooded area, while naturally beautiful, presents a wide range of potential dangers involving wildfire. The community of Forest Ridge, WA, however, decided to tackle that problem head on when they became a Firewise community in 2010. Along with four others, Forest Ridge was recently announced as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The community of Hemlock Farms, PA was recently announced as one of five winners of the 2013 Firewise Challenge. Having been a recognized Firewise community since 2006, Hemlock Farms has made great strides in both wildfire advocacy and mitigation efforts, sharing information with neighbors and carrying out various Firewise activities... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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By the time a wildfire is finally extinguished, a huge trail of destruction is often left behind in its wake. Smoldering remnants of trees, scorched grasslands, and even the ruins of homes can be common sights after a raging blaze. Because much of the attention is focused on how damaging... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Only a short walk from the Mandalay Bay Resort, the Luxor Hotel and Casino hosts one of the most mind-blowing shows Vegas has to offer. Featuring Magician of the Century winner Criss Angel, “Believe” showcases 40 of the master illusionist’s... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Many of the resorts found throughout Las Vegas offer a variety of fantastic amenities ranging from vast casino floors to gourmet restaurants. But the Mandalay Bay Resort, which is hosting this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo, stands above the rest... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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A new study conducted by the Cintas Corporation has revealed that more than half (55 percent) of adults have never used or received training on the proper operation of a fire extinguisher. “Our survey findings suggest that this is a real issue unless more people receive proper training on how... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Safety Source
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A new study conducted by the Cintas Corporation has revealed that more than half (55 percent) of adults have never used or received training on the proper operation of a fire extinguisher. “Our survey findings suggest that this is a real issue unless more people receive proper training on how to use a fire extinguisher,” says Tommy Thompson, Vice President of Cintas Fire Protection, a corporation dedicated to providing specialized services to businesses of all types throughout the country. “Whether you’re at home or at work, knowing how to properly operate a fire extinguisher can mean the difference between life... Continue reading
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While the Las Vegas Strip is always buzzing with activity, there are few places in the city that can compare to the experience offered by Fremont Street. Located in downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street offers many of the same visual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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While the upcoming 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo has over 150 informative sessions related to the fire and life safety industries, this year’s event will also feature presentations related to wildfire safety that can improve your understanding of wildfire issues and even provide some helpful tips and ideas for expanding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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While Las Vegas is renowned around the world for its luxurious casinos and extensive list of nightlife offerings, there are few places that can compare to the almost overwhelming variety of food choices that can be found in Sin City.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Located on the northeast side of Valentine, Nebraska, the Big Rock Rim neighborhood is one of the newest members to join the ranks of recognized Firewise communities. After a wildfire destroyed a dozen homes in 2006, local fire specialists approached members of the Big Rock Rim community and introduced the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The roof of a home is arguably one of the most important parts of a house, protecting those inside from rain, snow, and even extreme temperatures. Despite being one of the major lines of defense against the forces of nature, the roof can also be one of the most vulnerable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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With dazzling lights and other elaborate visual spectacles, the Las Vegas Strip is one of the most picturesque locations in America. While the lights and sounds of the Strip are easily enjoyed walking from casino to casino, nothing can compare... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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During a special ceremony held on December 3, 2013, the Firewise committee of Kohala by the Sea (KBTS), a homeowners association, on the Big Island of Hawaii received a crystal recognition award for maintaining their Firewise Communities/USA recognition status for 10 years. In 2013, only 34 communities were able to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As you work on neighborhood mitigation projects and engage with other like-minded communities, you’ll find there are many ways to learn and share information about wildfire safety. A useful way to inform others about your successes and gain knowledge from the achievements of other communities is to utilize social media.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Seeing as the upcoming 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo features more than 100 education sessions, numerous speakers, and countless product displays featuring the industry’s leading suppliers, it’s hard to speculate how you’ll be able to fit in things to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Once you’ve completed your Firewise project or activity (on May 3 or any time before or after then) you’ll want to report it to receive your renewal status. Now, doing so couldn’t be easier than clicking on our video tutorial link! NFPA has made a short video tutorial demonstrating how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The NFPA has recently released two fun and exciting music videos for kids featuring Public Broadcasting System (PBS) personality Steve Rosnolek of “SteveSongs” fame and the top-ranked Seattle children’s band, Recess Monkey. The videos, which focus on the importance of smoke alarms, are currently available on its Sparky School House... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Safety Source
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p>The NFPA has recently released two fun and exciting music videos for kids featuring Public Broadcasting System (PBS) personality Steve Rosnolek of “SteveSongs” fame and the top-ranked Seattle children’s band, Recess Monkey. The videos, which focus on the importance of smoke alarms, are currently available on its Sparky School House website. The videos, “Little Rosalie” and “What’s That Sound?”, teach young children the importance of fire safety and help children remember what they should do in the event of a fire. To learn more about these new music videos, check out the full press release here! Continue reading
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With the winter season in full swing, the use of heating equipment is on the rise. However, the coldest season of the year is also one of the most dangerous for home fire risk due to the very appliances that keep us warm during these chilly months. In fact, according to the NFPA, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Thankfully, the NFPA has released an extensive list of heater safety tips that, if followed, can help to ensure a safe and cozy winter season this year. Among the tips include:... Continue reading
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According to a new study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, the six-year-old Massachusetts law that requires that only “fire-safe” cigarettes be sold in the state has resulted in a 28 percent decrease in unintentional residential fires. The results support a study conducted by the National Fire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Safety Source