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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 …

Home Safety Outreach Planned After 2 Fatal Fires in Maryland County

Prince George’s County, Maryland, fire officials went door-to-door in the Capitol Heights and Bowie areas to make sure families have working smoke alarms and an escape plan in the event of a fire. Their efforts on Dec. 26 come after …

Fire Deaths Up Slightly in Alabama in 2014

Fire deaths are up slightly this year in Alabama over 2013. The state fire marshal’s office says 86 people have died in fires so far this year in the state. That’s four more fatalities than during the same period last …

Tennessee Officials Warn Dried-Out Christmas Trees Pose Fire Risk

Tennessee’s state fire officials are reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees to keep them in water because of the fire risk posed if they dry out. Gary West is deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Fire …

NYC Fire Department on Pace to Have Its Busiest Year on Record

The Fire Department of the City of New York is on pace to have its busiest year on record, according to city officials. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said last week that the …

Officials in Portland, Maine, Considering Database After Deadly Fire

Portland, Maine officials may roll out a centralized database for tracking housing complaints in response to a deadly November fire that killed six people. The Portland Press Herald reports the city is also getting ready to unveil a new mobile- …

Mississippi Commissioner Chaney Offers Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney recommends that everyone decorate for the holidays with fire safety in mind. “More than any other time of year, this is when people need to be the most fire safety conscious …

Massachusetts Fire Marshal Offers Tips to Avoid Christmas Tree Fires

Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says fires caused by Christmas trees are not common but can be extremely dangerous when they occur. Coan has issued a series of safety tips to avoid fires during the holiday season. He says …

Mississippi Commissioner Chaney Offers Heating Safety Tips

With the arrival of this season’s first cold front, now is the time to make sure to be smart about heating safety when trying to stay warm, says Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney. “As the …

Massachusetts Fire Officials Worried About Possible Rules Change

A draft document on costs of fire alarm and sprinkler systems in Massachusetts could lead to a rollback in requirements in some multi-unit residential buildings, a group of concerned fire officials said on Sept. 9. About 40 fire officials attended …