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Aftermath of the Boston Marathon BombingBY JESSE ROMAN • 3 MINUTE READ

The Boston Marathon bombing five years later

Under a cold and hard-driving rain, about 30,000 determined runners gathered Monday morning in Hopkinton, Massachusetts at the start of the 122nd Boston Marathon. The race, held since 1897, is one of Boston’s most cherished events. It’s also the most logistically complicated day on the calendar for the area’s emergency agencies and first…

Child looks out rainy windowBY ANGELO VERZONI • 1 MINUTE READ

April is the time for first responders to learn about autism

If you're on Facebook, you may have recently seen updated profile pictures branded with the puzzle piece logo of the Autism Speaks organization. I changed my profile picture, since I have a family member who has autism. That's because April is National Autism Awareness Month. In recent years, researchers have estimated that 1…

Mill of pepper on a tableBY ANGELO VERZONI • 3 MINUTE READ

Pepper or gunpowder? Three April Fools' gags gone horribly wrong.

As the old adage goes, "It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt." Truer words were never spoken when it comes to April Fools' Day, which can be fun, mean, or downright dangerous depending on who's pulling the gag. While we know that nobody reading this blog would ever dream of doing the latter, plenty of people in this wild world…


Exterior of a large wooden building under constructionBY JESSE ROMAN • 3 MINUTE READ

Should we be worried about exploding refrigerators?

What if most refrigerators, air conditioners, and commercial cooling cases were filled with propane, or some other flammable material? How would it impact safety and fire protection during installation, maintenance, or especially during a fire?

Exterior of a large wooden building under constructionBY ANGELO VERZONI • 1 MINUTE READ

New NFPA Journal feature story examines fire safety in the craft distilling industry

Whiskey ages in wood barrels at Boston Harbor Distillery in Dorchester It's hard to keep up with the number of craft distilleries opening across the country. Every time I visit my hometown, near Portland, Maine, it seems as though there's yet another business churning out bottles of gin, whiskey, vodka, rum, you name it. This got me and the…

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