Fire Loss in the U.S. 2020 – A synopsis of the NFPA’s annual fire report

Each fall, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes an extensive report that details fire loss in the U.S. during the previous calendar year. The data comes from a survey distributed to fire departments across…

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US Fire Departments Respond to a Fire Every 24 Seconds: What Else has the NFPA Found in the 2017 Fire Loss Report?

Every year, the NFPA conducts a fire experience survey and compiles a fire loss report. The number of structure fires has steadily decreased over the past 40 years, with 1,098,000 in 1977 and 449,000 in 2017. Nearly 30,000…

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By the Numbers: A Look at U.S. Fire loss in 2016

By Friday, October 13, more than 3,500 homes and businesses across Northern California wine country had been destroyed and 31 people had died in the deadliest week for wildfires in California’s history. As we continue to think…

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Hot and Cold – Ongoing Phase-Out of HFCs May Lead to the Use of Flammable Refrigerants

It’s been nearly a year since the U.S. and more than 100 other nations around the world pledged to phase out the use of chemical compounds called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigerators and air conditioners. This amendment…

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National Fire Protection Association Releases 2014 Fire Loss Information

Fire departments across the United States responded to almost 1.3 million fires in 2014, resulting in 3,275 civilian deaths and $11.6 billion in property damage. The number of total fires was 4.7 percent higher than the…

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PIRG: Collaborative Research

One of the most common observations about the fire protection industry is that, while it’s certainly growing, it remains relatively small. Students often aren’t aware that fire protection engineering is an option until they’re…

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NFPA 652: Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust is Coming!

This summer, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will issue NFPA 652: Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. Though NFPA had previously developed several standards addressing combustible dust, those standards…

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Spreading Fire Safety Awareness in the Community

The holidays are over, which means the chances of starting a house fire via a deep-fried turkey or a knocked-over Christmas tree are considerably lower than they were in November and December. The year 2013 saw the lowest…

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NFPA Reports: 2013 Saw the Lowest Number of Fires since 1977

Every 25 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States. The overall number of reported fires has gone down drastically in the past few decades, and the year 2013 saw the lowest number since the…

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Fire Prevention Week – Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!

Sunday kicks off the start of Fire Prevention Week, our nation’s longest running public health and safety observance on record. It has been observed each October since 1920, when it was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson.…

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Forklift Fire Safety & Accident Prevention – Part 1

By Jack Rubinger, Graphic Products From time to time, we like to share perspectives from members in our connected communities. We’d like to thank Jack Rubinger, an expert in industrial safety, for providing this two-part guest…

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May is Building Safety Month!

May is Building Safety Month! Founded by the International Code Council in 1980, Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign that reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient…

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NFPA 56: Chemical Industry will Benefit from Communication and Education

From time to time, we like to share perspectives of members in our connected communities. We’d like to thank both Jack Rubinger and John Puskar, two experts in industrial safety, for providing today’s guest post: The NFPA…

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NFPA Releases 2012 Large-Loss Fire Report

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released its 2012 Large-Loss Fire Report. Every year, the NFPA provides information for the previous year’s large loss-fires, which are defined as any event that results…

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Keep Fire Safety in the Forefront this Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, the threat of having a fire in the kitchen TRIPLES! If you think about it, it makes sense. Cooking-related fires have topped the causes of home fires for years and Thanksgiving is arguably the busiest day…

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