FEMA releases video on extinguisher use

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, March 1, 2005

CLEVELAND - In response to a number of high-profile blazes, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association produced a video that covers proper use and installation of fire extinguishers.

FEMA developed the video to cover issues such as portable fire extinguishers, codes and standards focusing on extinguisher use in assembly halls and public meeting places.

The CD-ROM, titled "Your first defense when disaster strikes," runs 10-minutes long. It is available through the group’s web site.

New ordinance requires fire and carbon monoxide detectors

HACKENSACK, N.J. - A new ordinance here requires single- and two-family homes to pass inspection for fire and life safety compliance before the property can be sold or rented.

To obtain a certificate of continued occupancy, homeowners must pay an $85 fee and submit to an inspection by city officials.

Among the items required by the law are fire detectors on every level of the home, including attics and basements, and carbon monoxide detectors within 10 feet of all bedrooms.

The city council passed the measure in December, and it became effective this year.

Town requires sprinklers in new, multi-unit buildings

MADISON, Wis. - All new residential buildings with eight or more apartments are now required to install fire sprinklers.

The town board here passed the ordinance in early January and it became effective the day of passage. Buildings that undergo renovations or additions of more than 50 percent will have to comply with the law. However, existing buildings with eight or more units do not.

“Sprinklers have been a proven fire prevention method for years,” according to Dan Eklof, building inspector.