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Facility Safety Is A 360° Task

Facility Safety Is A 360° Task

During 2021, the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA) marked its 125th year of protecting people and property. Click here to read more.

The Final Frontier: Fire Protection on Spaceships

The Final Frontier: Fire Protection on Spaceships

What does ongoing research into this topic look like, and what are the current standard operating procedures for a spacecraft fire? Currently, NFPA is in the early stages of developing a new standard for spaceports. Click here to watch.

Widespread Fire Hazard Mitigation Using Wood Products

Widespread Fire Hazard Mitigation Using Wood Products

Wildfires are climate risks that threaten the forests’ capacity to store carbon. Recently, California has set forest management goals to ease these risks. However, the current management strategies can incur carbon losses.  Click here to read more.

NASA Technology Demonstrated in a Simulated House Fire

NASA Technology Demonstrated in a Simulated House Fire

New technology being developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate for use by firefighters and paramedics will help track first responders inside hazardous environments that may be obscured by...

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.

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