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AIHA urges firefighters to better protect themselves against toxic exposures

Contaminants can remain even after a fire is extinguished
October 25, 2013

In honor of Fire Protection Month, the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is urging firefighters to better protect themselves against the countless hazardous exposures associated with the profession.


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Your spring cleaning should include a home hazard check

Kitchen holds most dangers
March 22, 2013

Many people welcome warmer weather by thoroughly cleaning and organizing their homes. The Electrical Safety Foundation (ESFI) says that provides a handy opportunity for finding and fixing electrical hazards that could threaten the safety of your family.


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Audits missed factory hazards; 400 workers died

Report prompts new calls for safety reform
March 18, 2013

Two clothing factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan were inspected for safety conditions by independent auditing firms prior to 2012 fires that killed hundreds of employees, according to a new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO).


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Groups urge brands to sign safety agreement after another Bangladesh clothing factory fire kills at least seven

January 28, 2013

Following yet another fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday, January  26 that killed at least seven people who were locked inside Smart Export Garments Ltd, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) called on major retailers and brands that buy apparel from Bangladesh to join the labor-supported Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement in order to prevent future tragedies, according to a statement issued by the Clean Clothes Campaign.


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NFPA, USFA team up to “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires”

More fires occur in December, January and February
January 7, 2013

While a warm home and a hot meal on a cold winter’s day may conjure up thoughts of safety and security, the unfortunate reality is that winter is the leading time of year for home fires in the United States (U.S.). That’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) have teamed up to help prevent home fires in the winter months.


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Candles and cooking cause holiday home fires

December 18, 2012

How many strands of mini string lights can you safely connect? How many inches should you cut from the base of a fresh-cut Christmas tree before placing it in water? Not really sure? Then it’s time to sharpen your holiday fire safety smarts with information and resources from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


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Fire safety experts: Make safety a holiday tradition at your house

November 16, 2012

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual holiday safety campaign to encourage families and communities across the country to Make Safety a Tradition.


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Foundation to study prevention of cooking-relating fires

October 1, 2012

The Fire Protection Research Foundation will be examining three main area of cooking-related fires, and developing an action plan towards improving overall cooking fire safety – thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


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Fire up the barbeque and not the house

Grills cause 8,000+ fires per year
May 31, 2012

In 2005-2009 U.S. fire departments responded to an average 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbeques per year, including an average of 3,400 structure fires and 4,800 outside fires.


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Fire at pellet manufacturer spreads via conveyer belt

OSHA finds hazards made worse by combustible dust buildup
May 8, 2012

In the aftermath of a fire at a New Hampshire wood pellet manufacturing plant on Oct. 20, 2011, OSHA has cited New England Wood Pellet LLC for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards.


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