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It’s been a couple of years since we discussed how to properly buy and use a fire extinguisher. Since this is such an important topic, I thought we should review this again.

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Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania truck driver came upon a crash scene where two cars had collided head-on. The 26 year old trucker, James Cooper of Enola, Pennsylvania stopped to help the victims.

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What do you do when your fire truck catches on fire? Simple – call the Fire Department! A local real estate firm produced a new TV reality show called “Condo Cops”. It aired on CW 44 Tampa Bay last October – December.  The show, produced by Ameri-Tech Property Management of Clearwater, features actual stories re-created for TV.

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Automatic sprinkler systems are often considered the most significant component of a building fire protection strategy. When properly designed, installed and maintained, an automatic sprinkler system can control a fire and significantly reduce deaths, injuries and property damage. However, sprinkler systems have their limitations, and their performance can be affected by factors not linked to the initial design or installation of the sprinkler system. This article explores automatic sprinkler system failure data to identify and discuss causes of unsatisfactory sprinkler performance.

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The need to provide safety equipment for possible fires in restaurants is based on the actual fire problem and statistics. The latest statistical information was developed from data collected from 2007 to 2009 in the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)1 . Here are some highlights of those statistics: • An estimated 5,900 restaurant building fires occur annually in the United States • These fires result in an estimated 75 injuries and $172 million in property loss • The leading […]

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In our blog last January, we published information about a new law that went into effect.  In that article, it mentioned, “The new law requires homeowners to begin phasing out old battery-operated smoke alarms. When people replace their smoke alarms, according to the legislation, they must reinstall a detector with a non-removable and non-replaceable, lithium battery that lasts at least 10 years.” After a Sept. 1 fire that killed a woman and her three grandchildren in a Tampa home without alarms, the law has come under scrutiny. […]

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The other day, I saw in the news that a Tampa area family had a house fire and two children perished along with their mother. Their home had no smoke alarm.

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Last May 23rd, a condominium complex in Tampa had a fire thought to be caused by lightning. Residents said they could smell smoke right after the lightning strike but could not find any fire.

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Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge Recall date: FEBRUARY 12, 2015 Recall number: 15-079 Hazard: A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. Remedy: View Details Replace Consumer Contact: Kidde toll-free at (855) 283-7991 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on Safety Notice for more information. […]

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It’s comforting to know you have a fire extinguisher in your home, office or car. But is this sense of security true, or false? Should the need arise and you grab that extinguisher in an emergency, what if it doesn’t work? – Oops! Not good. So how do you make sure this can’t happen? Simple – follow these steps: 1. For all powder-type fire extinguishers, you should get in the habit of checking it once a month. Turn it upside down and shake to […]

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