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A sprinkler system installed at the Lexington Health Care assisted and independent living retirement home is being credited with saving lives and helping to significantly minimize damage caused by a small fire there this morning.

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Earlier this month, Hillsborough firefighters reminded the public to test and replace batteries in their smoke alarms and CO detectors. This is an important safety measure that can save lives. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The CO detector is important because the carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless and can silently poison victims. In addition to replacing smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the […]

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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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