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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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Responsibility for the maintenance of fire and life safety systems (essential safety measures) in a building ultimately lies with the building owner. Building Owners need to be aware of their obligations.

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Fire engines, also known as fire trucks, have come a very long ways through history. The first fire engines, which appeared in the 17th century, were simply tubs carried on runners, long poles, or wheels; water was still supplied to the fire site by bucket brigade. The tub functioned as a reservoir and sometimes housed a hand-operated pump that forced water through a pipe or nozzle to waiting buckets. The invention of a hand-stitched leather hosepipe in the Netherlands about 1672 enabled fire fighters […]

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After more than ten years of planning, Clearwater Fire Station No. 45 located at 1140 Court Street, finally opened on January 26th . The 33,000-square-foot brick, three-story, four-bay facility cost $11,592,885. The building is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, with winds in excess of 150 mph. It will be home to 30 staff members and will house a number of emergency service divisions, including Operations, EMS, Special Operations, Fire Prevention, Health and Safety and Fire Administration. It is also equipped with one […]

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A new Florida law is now in effect regarding your home smoke alarm. 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 nonremovable and nonreplaceable battery that lasts at least 10 years. According to a National Fire Protection Association study published last March, about three in every five fatal fires occur in houses without working smoke alarms. According to the state Department of […]

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Eighty percent of fire deaths occur in residences, with over 3,000 people dying per year in U.S. house fires. Despite the statistics, home fire sprinklers have yet to become code-mandated in new-home construction, and few homeowners (with the option) choose to include this potentially life-saving investment in their home. Common misconceptions about residential sprinkler systems deter people from including one in their home. The fear of a misfiring sprinkler head and the belief that a room fire activates the entire system are two such […]

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, 20% of all reported fires occur in a motor vehicle. This alone is a good reason to carry one yourself. Here’s some of the typical ways fires happen to vehicles. Collisions. Accidents are notorious for starting car fires. That’s because in an accident, gas and oil often leaks out and combine that with heat from friction you have a fire. Having an extinguisher handy can save lives and property. Electrical Systems. One of the top causes of […]

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14 October 2014 In Las Cruses, New Mexico, there has been three different apartment fires in as many weeks that were all put out by built-in sprinkler systems. They occurred on September 26th, October 3rd, and October 7, all in apartments. Residents were home in two cases, when the fire started, but had no idea until the system sounded the alarm and put out the fires. In all three fires, a single sprinkler head completely put out fires that started from unattended cooking, according […]

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20 Sept 2014. Today, there was a fire in Springfield, Massachusetts apartment building that may well have been stopped by a tennant. But unfortunately, the building’s fire extinguisher didn’t work. The result was extensive damage to the building and 9 people left homeless. Thankfully, there were no injuries this time. Last month, Charles Garretson of Greenville, South Carolina saw a man on fire. He ran into the apartment building office, grabbed a fire extinguisher, ran back to the man and put out the flames. […]

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