The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to four exceptional fire safety students based on their contributions to fire safety activities, academic achievements, and leadership abilities. The scholarships are awarded each year to recognize students for their pursuit of careers in fire safety.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), was awarded $835,000 in a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from the Emergency Preparedness Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a new research project in support of the fire service. The three-year study on “Evaluation and Enhancement of PASS Effectiveness” will provide a needed comprehensive review of PASS (Personal Alert Safety System) technology and recommend improvements…
Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
The San Francisco Chronicle (California)
August 1, 2011
Now that the state has mandated that all houses have carbon monoxide detectors, California fire officials are turning their attention to complaints about another key home warning device – smoke alarms.
A growing number of safety officials in California and around the nation have been recommending that homeowners replace or at least supplement their common ionization smoke alarms with lesser-known photoelectric smoke alarms – and the state fire marshal may be about to echo that recommendation.
Michael Shultz could not believe his eyes: A brush fire that consumed 400 acres of his Belvedere subdivision came within a few feet of his back door, singeing his tomato plant and burning patches of grass and a cedar tree nearby.
The back view from Shultz’s hilltop home is now of a valley of black, charred remains. Nearby, a melted firehose was left behind.
“Today is officially ‘hug a fireman’ day,” said Shultz, the longtime president and CEO of Austin-based Infoglide Software, who has lived at the home with his wife and 9-year-old golden retriever for the past year. “It is beyond belief we didn’t lose any houses. We are just grateful. God smiled on us.”
Because of the metal framing and compact construction of a mobile home, fire marshals say a fire can destroy a mobile home in just minutes.
Fire safety standards were first implemented in 1976 by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in an effort to make these homes more fire resistant.
Another one of its standards requires smoke detectors to be connected throughout the house.
While these codes have helped lower the death rate in mobile home fires, local fire marshals want you to take more steps to ensure your family’s safety.
The Ohio State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers today announced the creation of the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Smoke Alarm Advisory Task Force. The task force will make a recommendation to the Division of State Fire Marshal on how citizens can best protect themselves and their property through available smoke alarm technologies.
The Smoke Alarm Advisory Task Force will examine the various research, recommendations, and opinions regarding the use and placement of photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms in residential properties…
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U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 373,900 home structure fires from 2005-2009 according to new research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). According to the report, cooking fires remain the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries and smoking materials continue to be the leading cause of home fire deaths.