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Detroit Fire Code Bans Grilling Under Covered Porch

City officials are cooling the coals on front porch grilling in Detroit. The Detroit News reports that the City Council has updated its outdoor fire code to ban outdoor cooking under a roof or an enclosed area. The ordinance was …

Poor Fire Safety at Two-Thirds of Schools in Oregon’s Largest City

Two-thirds of schools in Oregon’s largest district lack sufficient fire safety equipment, according to records obtained by the Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland Public Schools has 60 of 89 schools lacking up-to-date alarm systems, complete fire sensor coverage or other life-saving equipment required …

Child’s Fire Play Blamed for Destroying Maryland Home

Officials say a child who was burning items on the family’s deck in western Maryland was responsible for igniting the flames that destroyed the two-story home. Maryland Master Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst says the Saturday night fire in …

Vermont Residents Encouraged to Take Steps to Prevent Home Fires

The Vermont Division of Fire Safety and the American Red Cross are encouraging residents to take steps to help prevent home fires and save lives as the heating season gets underway. They recommend installing smoke alarms on every level of …

Fire Safety Inspections to Take Place on New York College Campuses Ahead of Fall Classes

State officials in New York are marking the start of fall college classes with a series of campus fire safety inspections. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Friday personnel from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the Office …

Lack of Fire Alarms Common in Washington City Apartment Complexes

The Everett, Wash. fire marshal says a recent inspection shows 19 of 26 apartment complexes inspected in the city lack proper fire alarm systems. Fire Marshal Eric Hicks says the owners of those complexes are currently being ordered to install …

Officials: 108 Fire Deaths in Ohio so Far This Year

The state fire marshal’s office says 108 people have been killed in fires around Ohio so far this year. Last year, the office said Ohio had 115 fire fatalities. Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says it’s important that Ohioans be vigilant …

Del. Law Aims to Improve Fire Safety, Encourage Home Sprinkler Systems

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation aimed at improving fire safety for homeowners in Delaware. The bill, signed on Aug. 6, requires builders of new single-family and two-family homes to provide buyers a cost estimate for installing an automatic sprinkler …

FDNY: June 2015 Marks 1st Month in 150 Years With No Fire Deaths in NYC

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) announced that the month of June 2015 marked the first month on record in FDNY’s 150-year history without any reported fire-related fatalities in New York City. “This achievement is a testament to the …

In Fire Aftermath, Reforms Push Up Against Industry Norms in N.J.

The fire that destroyed most of a large apartment complex in northern New Jersey last month has prompted talk of legislation to toughen building codes, an effort that would butt up against long-established building practices like the use of lightweight …