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Penn. Professor Studying Cardiovascular Stress on Volunteer Firefighters

Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building. Wearing heavy “bunker gear” and carrying other equipment …

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 …

N.H. Fire Marshal: Let Professionals Handle July 4th Fireworks

Some Fourth of July advice from the New Hampshire state fire marshal: Leave fireworks displays to the professionals. William Degnan said people often forget they are playing with explosives and each July 4th, thousands get injured. He notes that wooded …

NYC Fire Department to Increase Response to Reports of Gas Leaks

The New York City Fire Department will now have a much greater role in responding to reports of possible gas leaks, according to an order made by Mayor Bill de Blasio in response to the March explosion that leveled two …

Data Shows Nearly 1 in 5 N.J. Fire Deaths Are Due to Smoking

It is a near-unconscious action carried out by millions of smokers every day — flicking the burned-out butt of a cigarette to the floor or into an ashtray after the last pull. It’s also an act that can have deadly …

Tennessee Fire Marshal Urges Caution With Home Medical Oxygen

Officials say fire departments across Tennessee reported 18 fires involving portable oxygen tanks in the past five years, leading to a warning from the state fire marshal WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, reports that seven of those fires were fatal, and …

Fire Sprinkler Requirement Bill Dies in New Jersey

Fire sprinklers will not be required in new homes in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 21 allowed a bill that made the rule to die. The measure would have applied to newly constructed homes. It would not have …

Home Fire Sprinkler Bill Advances in New Jersey

New homes in New Jersey might need to have fire sprinklers. A Senate committee on Monday approved the measure. It awaits a vote in the chamber. The measure would apply to newly constructed homes. It would not apply to mobile …

N.J. Bill Requiring New Homes Be Equipped With Fire Suppression Systems Advances

In New Jersey, legislation sponsored by state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) that would increase public safety by requiring that certain new homes are equipped with a fire suppression system was approved Thursday by the N.J. Senate Community and Urban Affairs …

Penn. Insurance Department Offers Simple Tips to Prevent Home Fires

Deaths from fires and burns are the third-leading cause of fatal home injuries, and Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine offered five simple ways to prevent home fires. “Often victims in house fires die from smoke or toxic gases, rather than …