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As Memorial Day weekend fast approaches, NFPA provides safety tips for outdoor grilling at home

While there may not be as many gatherings with family and friends this Memorial Day, many observances of the holiday this year will likely continue to involve outdoor grilling. The National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to follow basic grilling safety precautions over Memorial Day weekend and beyond, particularly as people remain at home in response to COVID-19. “Whether you live in...

NFPA, ESFI stress importance of electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month

Electricity helps make our lives easier, but its potential for shock and fire-related hazards are often taken for granted. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) actively supports National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which raises awareness of potential home electrical hazards, the importance of electrical fire...

NFPA encourages prompt removal of Christmas trees; nearly a third of tree fires occur in January

If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate you: Nearly one-third (29 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association strongly encourages everyone to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees...

December is the leading month for U.S. home fires; take steps to avoid tragedy during the holidays

Glittering decorations, holiday meals and treats, enjoying the warmth of home on a wintry day — these are hallmarks of the holiday season. However, these traditions and festivities also present an increased risk of fire, making December a leading month for U.S. home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are two of the top three days for...

More than three times as many home cooking fires occur Thanksgiving Day, NFPA offers safety tips

More than three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on a typical day of the year. That’s according to the latest U.S. Home Cooking Fires report recently released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which shows that there were 1,600 reported home cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2017, reflecting a 238 percent increase over the daily average. Unattended cooking...

Homeowners encouraged to make a plan, practice during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever, making escape planning all the more critical to home fire safety. Studies show that in the past, people had approximately 17 minutes to escape a typical home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Now they may have as little as two minutes to get out safely. With these concerns in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Not...

Time to take out your Christmas tree; A third of home fires related to them happen in January

If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate you: One-third (33 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly encourages everyone to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees...

Kentucky Fire Commission provides Thanksgiving safety tips to ensure safe, happy holiday

As families and friends prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, the Kentucky Fire Commission encourages everyone to take several precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday. “This time of year there is always a spike in preventable home fires as it becomes easy to get distracted when gathering for holiday celebrations,” said Ronnie Day, executive director of the Kentucky Fire Commission. “Thanksgiving...

As Halloween approaches, make sure potential fire hazards don’t spook the festive day

Halloween is a fun, festive holiday for kids and adults alike, but it does present potential fire hazards. As the holiday fast-approaches, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind, and to take simple safety precautions that can help ensure a safe, fire-free day. “Halloween is an exciting day for trick-or-treating, costume-wearing and creative...

Keven Moore: Food trucks the new rage for urban eating, but are restaurants on wheels safe?

Restaurants on wheels are the new rage when comes to urban eating. On the surface, they threaten the brick-and-mortar restaurants as they have been eating into their profits. Some complain that these mobile businesses have an unfair advantage because they don’t have to maintain a building, pay the same in rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance and property tax. It’s easy to understand their concerns,...

Keven Moore: Inclusion of fire sprinkler provisions in Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will save many lives

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The top individual tax rate dropped to 37 percent as a result of the bill. It also cut income tax rates, doubled the standard deduction and eliminated personal exemptions. For corporate, the tax rate went from 35 percent to 21 percent beginning in 2018. Like with any other bill passed in Washington, addendums are always added that...

As swimming and boating season returns, stay safe with these tips to avoid electric shock around water

With Memorial Day and the start of summer upon us, the risk of electric shock around swimming and boating activities increases. In an effort to keep summertime safe, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, in and around boats and marinas. Electric shock drowning (ESD) happens when faulty wiring...

May, July peak months for grilling fires; stay safe with these tips to keep your cookouts combustion-free

Grilling season is right around the corner and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. In 2011 – 2015, fire departments responded to an average of 9,600 home fires involving...

Keven Moore: New generation of smoke detectors is game-changing technology that will save lives

The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication. In today’s world, however, detecting a “smoke signal” is synonymous with warning occupants within a home of potential fire hazard and saving lives. According to a somewhat-dated National Fire Protection Association report, smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Statistics indicate that three-quarters of...

NFPA and ESFI tips to reducing fatalities caused by electric shock drowning in pools and marinas

With summer in full swing, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) are joining forces to remind people about the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, on board boats and in the waters surrounding boats, marinas and launch ramps. Electric shock drowning (ESD) can occur when faulty wiring sends an electrical current...

National Fire Protection Association urges leaving fireworks to the professionals on Fourth of July

Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reinforcing this Fourth of July. Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death, making them too dangerous to be used safely by consumers. “Each year, thousands of people are injured from using consumer...

NFPA encourages prompt disposal of Christmas trees; 40 percent of fires happen in January

Dragging your heels on taking down the Christmas tree? Here’s a fact that may motivate you: Nearly 40 percent of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is strongly encouraging people to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly...

NFPA encourages personal responsibility for safety in public buildings in wake of recent fires

The fires that occurred this past week in Oakland, Calif., Cambridge, Mass., and Gatlinburg, Tenn., reinforce that fires can happen anywhere, anytime and with deadly consequences. As people enter public places this holiday season, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is strongly encouraging everyone to be well aware of their surroundings to best protect themselves in the event of a fire...

NFPA reports risk of home cooking fires four times higher on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year for families and friends to get together, but this cooking-focused holiday also presents a greater risk of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day. NFPA’s latest report shows that cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and...

Fall Back: Time change provides excellent reminder to change batteries on smoke alarms

Kentuckians “fall back” this weekend to standard time, and the Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Fire Prevention reminds Kentuckians that it’s the perfect time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. This weekend, at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, Kentuckians switch back from daylight saving time to standard time. “Early warning...