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Fire Pit Mishap Results in Serious Burn Injuries

Following a fire pit explosion that left 12 people with burn injuries in Glendale, Illinois, fire officials want to remind the public of some basic fire safety tips. “Never introduce a combustible liquid into a fire that’s already going,” a Glenside Fire Protection District firefighter told Chicago’s ABC 7 News. Dousing a fire pit, grill, or other open flame with gasoline, lighter fluid, and other types of combustible liquid can create a path from the fire to the fuel source, resulting in a potentially deadly explosion. Although the April 28 Glendale explosion remains under investigation, fire officials said the incident was ... Read More

Bronx Apartment Fire Kills 12, Injures 14 Others

A fire that quickly consumed a five-story Bronx apartment building Thursday, Dec. 28, killing 12 and critically injuring several others, was caused by a toddler playing with a stove, New York City fire officials said. The fire, the deadliest New York City fire in a quarter century, swept through the apartment building “like a chimney,” New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told the press in a news conference outside the building Friday. The fire was exacerbated by the resident of the Bronx apartment where the fire originated, Commissioner Nigro said. After finding her kitchen in flames, the mother of the ... Read More

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires in 10 Steps

This holiday season, Christmas tree fires have destroyed homes from California to Florida, Illinois to Arizona, and every place in between, turning the most wonderful time of the year into a nightmare for some families. Christmas tree fires are not uncommon, but they are preventable. This time of year, fire departments from coast to coast are urging those who celebrate Christmas to be mindful of safety when putting up their tree. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there are 10 steps you can take to avoid an accidental Christmas tree fire this year. When choosing a real Christmas tree, ... Read More

Deadly Queens House Fire Stuns Community, Raises Safety Concerns

Fire, arson, and forensic investigators are at combing through the charred ruins of a Queens, New York, home that caught fire Sunday afternoon, killing five people younger than 20. The fire stunned the local community, many of whom said they witnessed the flames and saw the young victims screaming for help from the attic of a multilevel home. “I’m just here to pay my respects,” one neighbor told 1010 WINS/CBS Local. “To know that we lose five lives in the daytime, I just want to know what I can learn from this when it comes to safety even for my ... Read More

Halloween safety: Enjoy the spooky season safely

Halloween is spooky fun for people of all ages. Activities like dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and making decorations bring communities together in the cool, autumn weather. Considering the sheer amount of activity taking place around Halloween, it’s crucial that families take safety precautions to ensure things go as planned. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that each year decorations are the first thing to catch fire in an average of 900 house fires. These fires are likely due to the decorations being too close to a heat source. Unfortunately, these fires cause an average of one death, 41 injuries and ... Read More

Halloween attraction shut down after fire officials identify 36 code violations

Every Halloween, adults and children alike line up outside of their town’s favorite haunted houses. Sometimes the attractions can draw spectacular crowds each year and even be for a good cause, but it’s still important that operations be conducted in a safe manner. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Located in Elmore County, Ala., a popular haunted trail known as the “Maze of Terror” is being shut down by state fire officials. The officials were informed of the Halloween attraction’s dangers by a concerned citizen prior to its second weekend of the operating season. Ed Paulk, the Alabama State Fire ... Read More

“Hear the beep where you sleep”: Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2015

Did you know more than 2,200 Americans die every year due to unintentional home fires? Sadly, nearly two-thirds of these fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms or malfunctioning smoke alarms. That’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors the “Fire Prevention Week,” in hopes of educating Americans on the dangers of fires and not owning a working smoke alarm. Since 1922, the U.S. has observed Fire Prevention Week as a commemoration of the “Great Chicago Fire” of 1871, which resulted in more than 250 fire deaths and left more than 100,000 people homeless. It was once believed that ... Read More

Toxic flame retardants sicken U.S. consumers, enrich chemical companies

“If you want a case study of everything that is wrong with money politics, this is it,” New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof said in an editorial about the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals used on furniture – a story the Chicago Tribune broke in recent investigative series called “Playing with Fire.” According to a number of health and safety officials not vested in the flame retardant industry, the chemicals, which are supposed to fireproof sofa fabric and other furniture, are not only practically useless for their intended purpose, they are downright dangerous to human health.  These experts say ... Read More

Agencies offer tips for safe, injury-free Halloween

Whether you dress as a dainty princess or a spooky ghoul this Halloween season, don’t let poor costume choices or allergies turn your night into a fright. The Food and Drug Administration has teamed up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control to offer “Lucky 13” guidelines on how to keep yourself and others safe and injury-free this Halloween. Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape ... Read More

Russian nursing home fire kills 23, proves fire safety lax in country

Only four people managed to escape. But the others – 23 people who were unable to walk or crawl to safety – perished in a devastating fire at a government nursing home in Podyeisk, Russia, according to CBS News. The single-story building burned so quickly that it was entirely engulfed in flames by the time fire fighters arrived. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined but many are beginning to suspect the 45-year-old building’s poor infrastructure and the gross negligence of a nursing home manager, who had been fined several times prior to the fires for neglecting ... Read More