Tag: fire safety

  • Criminal Charges Sought Against Landlord for Lack of Smoke Alarms

    Criminal Charges Sought Against Landlord After Home Burns

    Three young girls were hospitalized with burns from a fire at a rental home in Oklahoma that authorities say lacked a working smoke detector. Continue Reading

  • 5-Year-Old Boy Saves Family From House Fire in Beacon, N.Y.

    5-Year-Old Boy Saves Family From House Fire

    Matthew Hansen, 5, uses fire safety tips from school to alert his parents, Christina and Greg Hansen, to a fire consuming their kitchen. Continue Reading

  • Fire Sprinklers: Are They Worth a Life?

    Fire Sprinklers: Are They Worth a Life?

    A fire at a home in rural Pennsylvania killed seven children Tuesday night, a day after state representatives voted to repeal a law that went into effect January 1 requiring fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Although the fire that claimed the lives of a seven-month-old through an 11-year-old... Continue Reading

  • Home Security for the Holidays

    Home Security for the Holidays

    The bags are packed. The kids are strapped safely in their car seats. The house is locked up tight--or is it? If you're rushing to get out for the holidays, you may be overlooking one important step: home security. The holiday season is also prime time for break-ins. And it's not just burglars you need to... Continue Reading

  • Fire Prevention Tips Keep Renters Safe

    Fire Prevention Tips Keep Renters Safe

    Every 20 seconds in the U.S., a fire department responds to a fire in the U.S., according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association. But many of us rarely -- or maybe never -- think about preparing for a fire, or what we could do to prevent one. For renters, the added risks are assuming the... Continue Reading

  • Apartment Fire Safety Tips

    Apartment Fire Safety Tips

    After a Friday night out on the town, Cheryl was looking forward to coming home to her nice cozy apartment. But she was in for a huge shock. As Cheryl drove up her street she saw a large blaze, and in front of her apartment complex, fire engines. Along with many other residents, Cheryl lost her home. And it... Continue Reading

  • Apartment Guru: Obsessive Safety Concerns

    Apartment Guru: Obsessive Safety Concerns

    Dear Apartment Guru, A friend of mine died several years ago from carbon monoxide poisoning in a home equipped with a faulty detector. When I was little, two of my cousins were in a terrifying house fire that started because of faulty electrical wiring -- one cousin was badly burned. I know that these things... Continue Reading

  • Candle Safety: Don't Get Burned

    Candle Safety: Don't Get Burned

    It's estimated that yearly retail sales of candles is a $2-billion business in the U.S. and that seven out of 10 households here use the sweet-smelling mood-makers. So chances are, dear reader, that you are a candle-user. Whether using candles for home décor, relaxation or aromatherapy, the question is:... Continue Reading

  • Don't Feel the Burn

    Don't Feel the Burn

    Forget about location, location, location. A recent fire at an apartment complex in Houston highlights the importance of often overlooked safety features that should top any apartment hunter's checklist. No one was injured in this incident, but it's worth noting that nearly 4,000 people were injured in more... Continue Reading

  • Turkey Fryer 411 to Prevent 911

    Turkey Fryer 411 to Prevent 911

    With the nation's thoughts turning to turkey in anticipation of next week's feast, it's time to also start considering... fire safety. You thought I was going to say "stuffing," didn't you? Hey, don't blame me for being a downer: I'm not the one who invented the deep-fat turkey fryer. Americans of all types -... Continue Reading