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Fastest Water

Fastest Water

The idea is that the fastest way to get water on dwelling fires is residential sprinklers. And of course making sure sprinklers are properly designed, maintained, and are not defeated by the fire service is the overall objective of this column. Click here to read more.

Cell Phones are Leading Cause in Consumer Electronic Fires

Cell Phones are Leading Cause in Consumer Electronic Fires

Health Canada says cellphones and smartphones now take the top spot of electronic devices that are causing fires. There were 183 fires reported across the country over the past five years involving phones and their accessories. Click here to read more.

Canadian Corporation Provides Training Money to Ontario Fire Department

Canadian Corporation Provides Training Money to Ontario Fire Department

Enbridge Gas is helping Brock Township Fire Department purchase firefighting training materials, through Safe Community Project Assist–a program with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite...

Proper Ventilation of Living & Working Spaces COVID Prevention Tactic

Proper Ventilation of Living & Working Spaces COVID Prevention Tactic

COVID-19 is still circulating in the U.S. and may once again gain traction as families and friends gather indoors over the holidays. There are several measures that, combined with vaccination, could curtail a new wave of infections. One often-overlooked approach for...

Recycling Facility Fire Mitigation

Recycling Facility Fire Mitigation

The biggest problem at waste and recycling facilities is not what to do with the waste itself, it is the possibility of fire, finds the 4th Annual Reported Waste & Recycling Fires U.S./Canada” report compiled by Fire Rover. Click here to read more.

UK Passes New Fire Safety Act – Will North America Follow?

UK Passes New Fire Safety Act – Will North America Follow?

Set to amend the Fire Safety Order 2005, the Fire Safety Act 2021 (as it is now known) has been designed to “ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again” in England. Click here to read more.

Crowd Control Strategies

Crowd Control Strategies

Crowd surges at Houston, Texas, Travis Scott concert cast a spotlight on crowd management. Ten people died and over 300 suffered injuries as the crowd surged during the rap performance. Click here to read more.

Fire Protection Concerns for Cannabis Operations

Fire Protection Concerns for Cannabis Operations

Over 43,000 people call California’s Canoga Park home. But the area is also home to a smattering of marijuana dispensaries, grow operations and retail stores. This is not newsworthy by itself. California became the first state to legalize marijuana in 2012. What is...

UL Fire Safety Research Institute on Ventilation

UL Fire Safety Research Institute on Ventilation

"UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) announced today the release of the new “Impact of Ventilation on Strip Malls” online training course. This online course explores the results of the fire experiments conducted in a multi-unit strip mall as part of the...

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