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Mother’s Voice More Effective in Smoke Alarm for Kids Than High-Pitch Tone

A sleeping child is more likely to be awakened by voice alarms than by traditional tone alarms, new research finds. The researchers found that a sleeping child is about three times more likely to be awakened by one of the …

No Delay for Honolulu Condo Owners to Perform Fire Safety Evaluations

A measure that would have given condominium owners two extra years to comply with a Honolulu fire safety law has been deemed lost. The Honolulu City Council failed this week to acquire enough votes to override Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto …

Deadly London Tower Fire Sparks Development in U.S. of Safety Evaluation Tool

Six months after flames engulfed a London high-rise and sparked concerns about similarly-clad buildings around the world, a U.S.-based fire prevention group has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer. The National Association of State Fire Marshals’ research foundation …

Wisconsin Attorney General: Apartment Building Sprinkler Rule Not Enforceable

Wisconsin regulators can’t enforce a rule requiring sprinklers in large apartment buildings, Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel said on Dec. 8 in a victory for builders looking to save on costs. The state Department of Safety and Professional Standards adopted …

Fire Sweeps Through Dubai’s Tallest Residential Tower – Its 2nd Incident in 2 Years

A fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in Dubai on Friday, the latest in a series of fires in tall structures in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf’s tourism and business hub, over the past three …

Australia’s New South Wales to Inspect High-Rise Cladding over Fire Safety

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) government will inspect more than 1,000 residential and commercial towers that may have potentially unsafe cladding and introduce new fire safety reforms to avoid a deadly inferno such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London. …

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 …