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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 …

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- …