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Mike Hazell
Web Publisher, NFPA
Interests: NFPA, Fire Prevention, Fire Protection, Public Education, Public Advocacy, Home Fire Sprinklers
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Casey Grant's article in the January issue of IEEE's magazine for high-tech innovators "Potentials", has challenged a whole new audience to consider the needs of the fire service and how cyber-physical systems might meet them. Co-authored with leaders on this topic from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the article stimulates the next generation of information systems experts to consider how this technology can connect with the physical world of fire fighting - in the WUI, in high risk incidents like train derailments and large scale warehouse fires, and even in residences. Its our hope that the Foundation's activity... Continue reading
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The statewide travel ban in Massachusetts has been lifted, but the big dig-out from yesterday's storm continues. Here in Boston, schools are closed for a second day and Mayor Martin Walsh is urging residents to work from home, if possible, to allow city workers to continue working to clear roadways. As my colleague Owen Davis outlined on Monday, NFPA, along with the United States Fire Administration, has issued a collection of resources called "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" that offers up free information on the leading causes of winter fires, including cooking, heating, and candles. We also provide timely... Continue reading
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Did you know that for a good night's sleep, you should replace your mattress every 8 years and your pillows every 2 years? And did you know that the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months? According to an article on HLNTV.com, there are eight other common household objects that need to be replaced on a regular basis, including your homes smoke alarms. "In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm is a key factor in a safe resolution," says HLNTV. "The National Fire Protection Association urges consumers to replace all smoke alarms every... Continue reading
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Ask and you shall receive. Back by popular demand, the NEC Challenge Championship has returned for its second year, and we are less than one month away from the live Championship event where our three finalists will put their code skills to the test and duke it out for our $5,000 grand prize! This year, the NEC Challenge was bigger and better than before – with more prizes and more ways you could play along at home. We hit the road to bring the game to even more trade shows and launched NECChallenge.org, bringing the game directly to you so... Continue reading
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Passengers react Monday afternoon as smoke fills a Metro train in a tunnel outside L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. Photo: Saleh Damiger, The Washington Post. One woman died, and 84 people were taken to hospitals, after smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza metro station in Washington, DC, on Monday afternoon. According to a report on CNN.com, the National Transportation and Safety Board says an electrical arcing event sparked the incident. "There was an electrical arcing event involving the trackside power cables (the third rail)," said a statement from the NTSB's Peter Knudson. A six-car Yellow line train was southbound from L'Enfant station... Continue reading
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by NFPA's Michele Steinberg Well, the day I have been dreading for many months is finally here. On this last day of 2014, I say goodbye to my very dear friend and colleague, Linda Coyle, as she goes off to a happy and healthy retirement. Cheryl Blake, Linda and me, December 2014 Linda's one of a dwindling breed. Here at NFPA, there are a number of women in administrative (formerly known as secretarial) positions who are, as we say, "of a certain age." Linda has happily been part of this group that lunches together daily, calls themselves "The Golden Girls"... Continue reading
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by NFPA's Lisa Braxton Conversations I’ve had with my sister recently about smoke alarm safety have paid off. For months, Sylvia has been concerned about the smoke alarms in her house. One alarm didn’t seem to be working and had her worried. She sent a request to the non-emergency page of the Montgomery County government website in Maryland where she lives, to have the fire department come to the house to inspect the alarms. Within a few days a fire truck rolled up to the curb. Firefighters confirmed her suspicions about the non-functioning alarm. And they had more news: The... Continue reading
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A photo from the 2014 SupDet event in Orlando. by NFPA's Amanda Kimball Registration is now open for the Foundation's 2015 Suppression, Detection, and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet), which will be held March 3-6, 2015 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, Florida. SupDet 2015 will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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A photo from the 2014 SupDet event in Orlando. by NFPA's Amanda Kimball Registration is now open for the Foundation's 2015 Suppression, Detection, and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet), which will be held March 3-6, 2015 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, Florida. SupDet 2015 will feature over 30 presentations including: Latest in detection and signaling research including detection of cooking fires, carbon monoxide detection, development of test methods for nuisance resistance for detectors and alarms, and detection applications including nuclear power plants. Latest in suppression research including storage protection applications, dry sprinkler systems, lithium ion... Continue reading
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by NFPA's Faith Berry State legislators in Washington are helping their constiuents prepare for wildfire. According to the website of Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), Chair of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda), the legislators will host presentations by local and state officials for the local community about preparations for the upcoming 2015 fire season today, January 5th. What a good way to start out the new year with a bipartisan effort to plan a course for residents of Washington State to be safer in the event of a wildfire. This meeting notice was posted... Continue reading
We hope you're planning on joining us in Chicago next June for the NFPA Conference & Expo. Stay tuned for our brand new event web site and registration links coming in January. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
At its August 2014 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council reviewed the scope and title for a new committee on Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props. After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit public comments for the need of the project, information on subject matter resources, those interested in participating, if established, and other organizations actively involved with the subject. The deadline for comments is February 15, 2015. See the full post written by NFPA's Steven Sawyer. Continue reading
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The percentage of fatal fire victims 65 and older has been increasing while the percentage of victims under 5 has fallen. by NFPA's Marty Ahrens According to NFPA’s new report, Characteristics of Home Fire Victims, older adults had the highest risk of fire death in the US compared to other age groups. In 2007-2011, people 65 and over were 2.4 times as likely to be killed in a home fire as the overall population. While children under five have historically also been a high risk group, their risk has dropped to 1.1 times that of the general population. The percentage... Continue reading
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The main function of a chimney structure is “draft” through which, flue gases and smoke are removed from the building. Several parameters influence draft including the chimney height and the temperature differences between the outside air and combusted gases inside the flue. Flow resistance decreases the induced draft. Moreover, additional turns and sharper parts in a chimney also influence the process and often maximize the flow resistance and minimize the draft in the system. Furthermore, rain caps and other terminals increase flow resistance depending on the terminals’ materials, geometries, and size. Proper design of a venting system requires information and... Continue reading
by Amanda Kimball There are two open Requests for Proposals for Foundation projects. The projects are "Protection of Storage Under Sloped Ceilings - Phase 1" and "Use of Gaseous Suppression Systems in High-Airflow Spaces: Capabilities and Knowledge Gaps". Both RFPs are accessible from the Foundation website. Proposals for the protection of storage under sloped ceilings project are due December 18. Proposals for the use of gaseous suppression systems in high-airflow spaces are due January 9. Please contact Amanda Kimball at the Foundation with any questions. Continue reading
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by NFPA's Cathy Prudhomme Currently, 41 states actively participate in the national Firewise Communities/USA® program and represent a combined 1,142 communities that have achieved recognition status for their work to reduce their community’s wildfire risk. Nine of the sites have participated for more than a decade and have been with the program since the original pilot was launched in 2002. Up until recently, only two states – Arkansas and Washington had achieved the milestone of 100 plus participating communities; Colorado now joins the distinction of attaining the major accomplishment of reaching that benchmark. The Colorado State Forest Service is the... Continue reading
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The head of NFPA's field operations division says tremendous progress has been made to improve workplace safety in Bangladesh. NFPA Vice President Don Bliss, speaking at the “2nd International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety,” said that in the 18 months since a building collapse killed 1,100 garment workers and injured 2,500 others at Rana Plaza outside Dhaka, a strong commitment to safety by apparel owners, government, global buyers and other stakeholders is making the industry safer for workers. According to an article in theindependent, the three-day conference in Bangladesh was organized by the Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety,... Continue reading
NFPA's Ken Willette invites your participation in the development of NFPA's standard on fire hoses. A researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is working on a project to make fire hoses more fire-resistant. The project, managed by Kathy Notarianni, an associate professor in the Fire Protection Engineering Department at WPI, follows a fire in Boston's Back Bay neighbrhood last March in which two firefighters died after their attack fire hose burned. All research on this topic is being forwarded to the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Hose, which develops NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose, which will consider any proposed revisions... Continue reading
I was fortunate enough recently to be able to spend the day with members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to learn about the department’s amazing Risk-Based Inspection System, or RBIS. The trip was to do reporting for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Today's Responder
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In his recent NFPA Journal column, "Global View," Don Bliss, vice-president for Field Operations at NFPA, talks about the Association's continuing efforts to make a significant investment in its mission to “reduce the worldwide burden of fire.” In particular, he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Stanley Briers of the Texas Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Mechanical Contractors Association, and a member of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition, spoke about his experience in navigating the legislative process. Fred Durso of NFPA and Peg Paul from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition spoke about the free sprinkler advocacy materials offered by the two organizations. John Pizzi, president of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts, makes a point during a group discussion. Tim Travers, NFPA Residential Fire Sprinkler Specialist, addressed some of the common myths about home fire sprinklers, issues such as cost (the national average for installation in new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser is a longtime proponent of home fire sprinklers. During today’s NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham, Rep. Balser said a key to getting things accomplished is building relationships and offered tips on how to best communicate with lawmakers. She also underscored the value of a strong coalition and local media involvement in successful advocacy efforts. “At the end of the day, many home fire deaths are preventable. And yes, sprinklers have a cost, but how do you put a cost on a human life?” she said. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Pam Elliott's voice has become a powerful tool in the push for sprinkler requirements. Burned over 50% of her body during a house fire when she was five years old, she has turned her personal tragedy into a national campaign for home fire safety. Elliott was a featured speaker at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham on November 13. “I’m here to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and those most vulnerable in house fires: infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled,” says Elliott, a part-time nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. Elliot, who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Protecting lives and saving property from fire through the installation of sprinklers in new homes is the topic at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Raleigh, NC. About 60 attendees, representing the fire service, local government, public safety and other organizations, have gathered for a one-day meeting to network, brainstorm, share best practices, and discuss challenges associated with local and state efforts to bring about sprinkler requirements for new one- and two-family homes. Chief Mary Regan of the Westfield, MA, Fire Department, and Chair of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser. NFPA Regional Director John... Continue reading
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Protecting lives and saving property from fire through the installation of sprinklers in new homes is the topic at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Raleigh, NC. About 60 attendees, representing the fire service, local government, public safety and other organizations, have gathered for a one-day meeting to network, brainstorm, share best practices, and discuss challenges associated with local and state efforts to bring about sprinkler requirements for new one- and two-family homes. Chief Mary Regan of the Westfield, MA, Fire Department, and Chair of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser. NFPA Regional Director John... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative