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HI Officials Discuss Sprinklers in Wake of Deadly Blaze

Firefighters and condominium owners Tuesday met before a City Council committee for the first time since the July 14 Marco Polo fire left three people dead, discussing potential incentives for, as well as obstacles in the way of, retrofitting aging

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No Sprinkler Systems, More Costly Damage in Oahu high-rises

While the actual damage amounts were relatively small, the dramatic difference in losses between the two types of buildings is likely to fuel the debate on whether the city should require old residential high-rises to install automatic sprinkler systems.   Read

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Old Paradise Pines Golf Course now a fire hazard? (CA)

The same residents who were once drawn to live near a lush green golf course in Magalia now look out their back windows in fear.  Dead grass and overgrown weeds have turned the former fairways of the Paradise Pines Golf

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Caldwell proposes mandating sprinkler systems for older high-rise condo buildings (HI)

Three days after a major fire killed three people at the Marco Polo condominium complex, Mayor Kirk Caldwell has sent the City Council a proposal to require high-rise residential buildings without automatic fire sprinklers to install them.

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Deadly Hawaii fire raises concerns about lack of sprinklers in older high-rises across the U.S.

Moon Yun Pellerin was still in shock as she sat on a bench Saturday morning in the crowded lobby of her Honolulu high-rise. Her home on the 27th floor — owned by her 78-year-old mother who has dementia — had

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Fire sprinkler system considered too costly at Honolulu condo tower (HI)

The fire that killed three people at the Marco Polo Apartments condominium tower in Honolulu could have been less severe if the building had a sprinkler system in place.  Residents began returning to the 36-story tower on Saturday after Friday’s

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Condo Balcony Fires

Toronto Fire Services recently held a press conference about the increasing number of fires on condo balconies caused by cigarettes being carelessly tossed from balconies. At the time of the press conference, there had been 27 balcony fires causing over

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Fanning the flames: Naples condos fight fire codes while Marco complies (FL)

At the high-rise condos that dot the Naples and Marco Island skylines, the threat of a deadly fire is real. Without proper fire prevention equipment, a blaze could consume any of the buildings, some 50 years old, that are symbols

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Residents of old high-rise condos in Naples balk at fire prevention costs (FL)

At the high-rise condos that dot the Naples skyline, the threat of a deadly fire is real. Without proper fire prevention equipment, a blaze could consume any of the buildings, some 50 years old, that are symbols of the retirement

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‘It Has Made Us a Better Community’

Eddie Hurt has been president of the Mountain Shadows Community Association since shortly after the Waldo Canyon Fire. In that role, he’s played an active part in the effort to rebuild Mountain Shadows, the neighborhood that he and his family

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Hundreds of goats are teaching Castle Pines high schoolers a thing or two about fire mitigation (CO)

A herd of 300 goats has taken over the Pine Ridge neighborhood in Castle Pines, and surprisingly, residents are happy about it. In fact, they invited them in.  The unique form of wildfire mitigation has been chomping away at the

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Condo Fire Awareness

The devastating fire in London’s Grenfell Tower a few weeks ago put the focus on safety measures in residential buildings. Questions about the structure’s recent refurbishing, safety features, and policies for residents during emergencies continue to emerge. Many dwellers and

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We’re entering fire season. Here’s how to keep your home safe (ID)

Residents of the Meadow Ridge subdivision enjoy a lifestyle somewhere between urban and rural.  A brushy expanse separates the community from the nearby Canyon Rim Trail and Snake River Canyon. Here, a snake glided lazily across a cheat grass-lined dirt

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Goats to reduce Castle Pine’s fire risk one bite at a time (CO)

You may see hundreds of goats in Castle Pines by the end of the month as they chomp down the risk of fire near the Douglas County community.  South Metro Fire Rescue, along with Pine Ridge Homeowners Association, will be

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Fire Sprinklers Getting A Boost At Three Lakefront Condo Complexes (MO)

Three lakefront condo complexes are taking the next step to upgrade their fire sprinklers.  The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has approved plans for upgrades to the TT water system that supplies the fire sprinklers to the Nantucket Bay, Westside

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Mystic Shores on Path to Firewise Certification (NJ)

Mystic Shores, an active adult community in Little Egg Harbor, is starting the qualification process to become a Firewise Community/USA. The program goal, according to homeowners association member Karen Yock, is to implement fire mitigation concepts wherever possible.  “We are

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Fireplace and Chimney Problems, Tips & Prevention

Most folks consider their fireplaces and chimneys to be indestructible parts of their home that require little or no maintenance. While masonry work is generally as close to maintenance-free as you can get, fireplaces and chimneys are more than just

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Home Fire Safety for Older Adults

The U.S. fire problem is severe. Each year, home fires result in a significant number of deaths and injuries. Older adults are burdened with the gravest fire risk, and are consistently more threatened with injury or death by fire than

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Survive the Unthinkable: If a Wildfire Threatens Your Home

Families in some areas of Wyoming can be safe and secure one day and have their lives turned upside down by wildfires the next. To increase your safety and preparedness, we offer the following.  Ready– Preparing for the fire threat.

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How to Prepare for a Wildfire

Wildfires can occur anywhere and can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture. How to Prepare for a Wildfire explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act

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Fire Sprinkler Installation and Earthquake Retrofit – Are They Reserve Account Expenses?

Without a doubt installation of fire sprinklers and earthquake retrofits make buildings safer and could save lives when and if they should ever be needed. Some municipalities have passed rules for installation/upgrading/modernization of these systems but most have chosen to

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North Side neighbors clear brush, protect against wildfire (TX)

A spark of community spirit could help save a North Side neighborhood from the spark of a wildfire.  Volunteers from the El Chapparal/Fertile Valley Homeowners Association gathered Saturday for a day of clearing brush. Helped by the San Antonio Fire

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Flathead Valley Homeowners, Agencies Prepare For Fire Season (MT)

After that early visit and evaluation, Baginski spent three years clearing brush from within twenty feet of his house. Some of his neighbors started doing the same thing. Soon he was inviting Ulwelling and other fire experts to homeowners association

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HRCA receives settlement for October fire in Backcountry (CO)

The Highlands Ranch Community Association has received a settlement for the wildfire in Highlands Ranch that it says was caused by Xcel Energy last October, an HRCA official announced at a March 21 board of directors and delegate meeting.  Citing

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Homeowners Anxious for Hydrants After Massive Fire (NC)

People who live in a Mint Hill neighborhood are anxious to finally have more fire hydrants near their homes.  Last week, a fire destroyed one home. Firefighters had to truck in water from nearly a mile away.  Charlotte Water has

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Fire Safety Education for Your Neighborhood

When it comes to having a safe and peaceful community, it is the responsibility of everyone in the community to do their part to keep themselves and others safe. That is why education is so important in a close environment.

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After Langley condo fire, sprinkler rules change

The provincial government has tightened sprinkler regulations for four-storey wood-frame buildings in the wake of a fire that gutted a Langley condo.  The update to the BC Building Code will require fire sprinklers on balconies.  When the Paddington Station condo

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Condominiums May Still Need to Install Engineered Life Safety System After Opting Out of Fire Sprinkler Retrofit

As our regular readers are aware from our previous posts on the subject, there are many questions Florida condominium associations face in determining whether their buildings must be retrofitted with a fire sprinkler system or Engineered Life Safety System (“ELSS”).

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Fire chief: Sprinklers extinguished fire in Park Ridge condo trash chute (IL)

Park Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen credits sprinklers with putting out a fire and minimizing damage inside an Uptown condominium building.  The fire occurred on the evening of Feb. 12 in a trash chute located inside the Residences of Uptown

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Promote fire safety, not substandard condo housing for the elderly

Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, a paid lobbyist of Florida condominium associations, in an op-ed on Feb. 14, advocated for a bill that “would allow older high-rises to opt out of an ELSS [engineered life safety system] and, for those who do

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BBQ on the Deck? — You May Cook More Than Your Steak!

Most insurance companies have a Loss Control Team that inspects communities periodically to assess potential threats. After the inspection they send a report to the board or manager with requirements and recommendations. One of the most common, and difficult items

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Fire Planning Tips for Seniors

A home fire is a terrifying moment for anyone, including seniors. If you are an older individual with limited mobility or impairments, it’s especially important you follow these four fire-planning tips because they could save your life.     Read the

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Browder, Village honored for Firewise decade (AR)

Participating in the Arkansas Firewise program brings benefits, Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association board of directors heard last Wednesday at its January board meeting.  Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Firewise information officer Sheila Doughty said helping prevent forest fires is the

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Thawing after weekend freeze setting off sprinkler systems (NC)

Fayetteville firefighters have been busy the past couple of days – not because of fire, but because of ice. Sprinkler systems damaged by frozen pipes have kept them on the move.  Stewart’s Creek Condominiums has one of more than two

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Is Your Fire Insurance Full of Hot Air?

It was one of the worst fires in Catskills history: The 396-unit Grandview Palace Condominiums, formerly the fabled Brown’s Hotel in the Borscht Belt, erupted in flames on April 14, 2012. Seven of its nine buildings were destroyed, though none

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Home Tips: What You Need to Know About Fire Extinguishers

You already know that home fires are more common during the holidays than at any other time of the year, with about 150 fires causing an astounding $8 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  You’ve

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Advances in fire alarm technology

Fire alarm technology is an important consideration for any apartment building owner today. By installing a current system featuring the latest advances, facility owners and managers can better commit to the safety of an apartment building’s occupants and help to

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Comply with Fire Alarm Requirements! (WA)

It’s cold outside, so thoughts turn to fire. As Q13 reported last month, Snohomish County fire officials recently confirmed that fifteen local condominium and apartment buildings are not updated with legally required fire alarms. The compliance crackdown came about a

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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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Turkey Deep-Fryers in Condominiums: Crispy and Delicious but Bad for You Financially

Deep fried turkey combines the deliciousness of a well-cooked turkey with the crispiness of deep-fried goodness. Thanksgiving is one of the few opportunities many families have to enjoy a deep-fried turkey because of the time and attention needed to use

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15 apartment complexes, condo buildings found violating fire alarm requirements (WA)

Fire officials in Snohomish County said more than a dozen condo buildings and apartment complexes aren’t updated with legally required fire alarms.  The compliance crackdown comes nearly a year after a fire killed a person in their Everett apartment on

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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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Last Call for Opt-Out: Summary of Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit Requirements and Opt-Out Provisions (FL)

The deadline for opting-out of the Condominium Sprinkler Retrofitting Requirements is December 31, 2016. The following is a general summary of the state of the law for those who still need to opt–out or who want to review whether they

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New restrictions for grills on condo and apartment decks (MO)

No charcoal grills will be allowed on decks and balconies of condos and apartments in Osage Beach effective Jan. 1 unless there is a sprinkler system in place on the decks.

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Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting (FL)

As you may be aware, the deadline for condominium associations to vote to forego retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system is rapidly approaching

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Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface, Part 3: Defining the Wildland-Urban Interface, and Why It Matters

The WUI is the area where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland.

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Jackson Oaks gains fire safety recognition (CA)

The Jackson Oaks Homeowners Association recently earned the national Firewise Communities/USA recognition from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association

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Four Seasons condo complex gets proactive about fire safety (MO)

A Village of Four Seasons condo complex is taking a proactive approach to improving the fire safety of its residents.

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Four steps to improve local wildfire planning (ID)

Effective planning for wildfire is still in its infancy. With coordination and an ongoing planning process, Idaho can lead the way in growing while keeping its citizens safe from wildfire.

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Hidden Dangers and Quick Tips to Keep Properties Safe from Electrical Fires

It’s officially Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15, 2016), a regularly recognized campaign organized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to stress the importance of fire safety and preventative measures for home owners. According to the National Archives

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