Project to establish cleaning procedures for firefighter PPE

“Firefighters are exposed to highly toxic substances on the fireground which is an increasing health concern, and there are currently no industry standards that reliably show if clothing is being adequately cleaned. A new Research Foundation project intended to establish definitive guidelines to the fire service for effectively decontaminating and cleaning their PPE.”

Image and article shared from: http://www.nfpa.org/ppecleaning?order_src=C244

Kidde Recalls Almost 38 Million Fire Extinguishers in the U.S.

 
“On Nov. 2, 2017, Kidde announced a recall of almost 38 million fire extinguishers sold in the United States. They may not work during a fire emergency if they become clogged and require a lot of force to use. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to strike and hurt someone. Kidde recommends owners immediately replace these fire extinguishers.
The company is aware of one death when emergency responders couldn’t get the recalled extinguishers to work. There have been almost 400 reports of problems related to these Kidde fire extinguishers.
Check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for information on specific model numbers involved with this recall. Kidde will replace recalled extinguishers for free.” (Shared from US Fire Administration email.)
 

Massive Government Recall Covers 37.8 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers

“The federal government is launching a massive fire extinguisher recall. It covers nearly 40 million Kidde extinguishers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 37.8 million fire extinguishers might not work during an emergency.
 
Kidde marketing videos emphasize how important their products are in the event of a fire, but the company is now recalling 37.8 million of its fire extinguishers in the United States, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave. The recalled extinguishers date back decades and some models have been recalled before for other issues.
 
Ann Marie Buerkle leads the agency ordering the recall.
“It’s a product that a lot of people have in their homes, in their offices,” Buerkle said.
The agency claims extinguishers with plastic handles and push button – or pindicators – can clog, resulting in a failure to discharge. Nozzles can also pop off with enough force to be a dangerous projectile.
There have been nearly 400 reports of extinguishers malfunctioning resulting in 16 injuries and one death.”
 

Are You Participating in Fire Prevention Week?

“In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

FPW 2017 Escape Plan GridDraw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.

Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.”

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week

Need help planning for Fire Prevention Week?

Fire Prevention Week Toolkit
“If you need help planning your fire prevention week activities, let USFA help. We have created a Fire Prevention Week Toolkit with free downloadable and customizable materials to compliment your activities. (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/fpw.html)

We have also created new escape plan social media cards.
(https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/…/social.html…)

Spotlight on hoarding
As we search the media each day for civilian fire fatalities, we have noticed an increase in mentions about hoarding conditions. These conditions can make it difficult for firefighters to gain access to a home and for the occupants to get out. USFA compiled studies and information on the problem of hoarding to help make your communities aware of the problem. (https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/civilian-fata…/incident/reportMap)”

New reports on home heating fires

“Two new reports from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center highlight the characteristics of home heating fires for 2013-2015, with an emphasis on portable heater fires.”

Download the free reports:

Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v18i7.pdf)

Portable Heater Fires in Residential Buildings (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v18i8.pdf)

Need help planning for Fire Prevention Week?

Fire Prevention Week Toolkit
“If you need help planning your fire prevention week activities, let USFA help. We have created a Fire Prevention Week Toolkit with free downloadable and customizable materials to compliment your activities. (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/fpw.html)

We have also created new escape plan social media cards.
(https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/media/social.html#escape)

Spotlight on hoarding
As we search the media each day for civilian fire fatalities, we have noticed an increase in mentions about hoarding conditions. These conditions can make it difficult for firefighters to gain access to a home and for the occupants to get out. USFA compiled studies and information on the problem of hoarding to help make your communities aware of the problem. (https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/civilian-fatalities/incident/reportMap)”

Fire Prevention Week

“This year, Fire Prevention Week will be held October 8-14, 2017.
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. For more information and resources, please see the link below:
http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-audience
Please consider making Fire Prevention Week part of your site’s Home Safety Program this year.”

Firefighter equipment operational environment: evaluation of thermal conditions

“With the changes of construction materials, insulation, and furnishings, fires today are very different than they were 50 years ago. Firefighting tactics and PPE have also changed, but are the current thermal performance standards for firefighter PPE and safety equipment appropriate for the current operational environment?”

More information here.

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