National Fire Protection Association News

London Blaze-Tower Built with Cladding Used Across England

About 600 high-rise apartment blocks in England have been fitted with cladding similar to that used on the London tower in which 79 people died in a devastating fire last week, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said. Tests are being …

Tragic London Fire Raises Questions About ‘Stay Put’ High-Rise Safety Rule

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don’t automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and …

Firefighting Camps for Girls Catching On Across Country

Firefighting is largely a man’s world, but one suburban Boston firefighter is among a few women trying to change that. Ashland, Mass. fire Lt. Lyn Moraghan founded Camp Bailout for girls in 2011 to give them a feel for what …

New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Fireworks Safety

Officials from the New Hampshire fire marshal’s office are urging residents and visitors alike to use caution in buying and using fireworks as the July Fourth holiday weekend approaches. They encourage people to buy their fireworks through licensed retail stores …

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 …

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 …

More Than 65,000 Firefighters Injured on Job in 2013

In 2013, 65,880 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty, a decrease of 5.1 percent from the previous year. Of those injuries, 29,760 (45.2 percent) occurred during fireground operations, with the leading causes reported as overexertion, strain (26.5 percent) …

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 …

Judge: Flawed Science Led to Murder-by-Arson Conviction in Pennsylvania Case

The arsonist who killed Ji Yun Lee was especially cruel and calculating, dousing her small cabin in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains with more than 60 gallons (230 liters) of gasoline and heating fuel and setting at least eight fires, ending at …

Erie Insurance Offers Safety Tips for July 4th Outdoor Parties

Seven in 10 Americans who plan to celebrate the 4th of July this year will attend a barbecue, cookout or picnic, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2013 Independence Day survey. That amounts to 164 million people, a record number …