fire hazard News

NYC Fire Department Gets Ship Firefighting Simulator

New York City now has a simulator that reproduces the unique conditions that can arise while fighting fires aboard ships. Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro is presiding over a christening ceremony Tuesday at the department’s training academy on Randall’s Island. …

Electric Cord Sparked Fire That Killed New York Firefighter

A blaze at a high-rise apartment in New York City that killed a fire lieutenant started in an air-conditioner electrical cord pinched between a bed frame and a wall, the fire commissioner said, adding that the fire had been ruled …

Prosecutor: Plastic Flower Decorations Aided N.J. Fire That Killed 6

It was pride of ownership that led a New Jersey family to decorate the front of their home with bright plastic flowers, and it was those same decorations that acted as a fatal accelerant in a fast moving blaze that …

South Jersey Boardwalks’ Unique Aspects Challenge Firefighters

Squeezing a bunch of structures together along a street made of wood is probably not the way to go when building a fire-resistant neighborhood. And yet there they are, in many New Jersey shore towns. South Jersey boardwalks in Atlantic …

Insurer Using Imaging Technology to Spot Home Hazards Before They Cause Damage

A new imaging technology being deployed by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. can help reduce the risk of catastrophic damage, injury and loss of life due to fire. It can also spot potential water damage to homes and personal property before …

Mississippi Regulator Advises Holiday Decorating With Safety in Mind

This Christmas, hanging the stockings by the chimney is not the only holiday decorating that needs to be done with care. Mississippi’s Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney recommends that everyone decorate for the holidays with fire safety …