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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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It's not every day a nationally-respected fire safety "spokesdog" turns 65! But today, March 18, marks a milestone birthday for Sparky the Fire Dog®, the official mascot of NFPA. Sparky, a fire safety icon beloved by children and adults alike, has helped teach millions of people about fire safety through educational lessons and materials featuring his image. Sparky frequently visits schools and participates in community events to spread fire safety messages, often accompanied by his firefighter friends. Like a true Pisces, Sparky is caring, sympathetic, and is always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. NFPA is... Continue reading
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The Conference sessions, descriptions and speakers are now available on the NFPA Conference & Expo website. Search by key word, date, track, or speaker. Go to nfpa.org/conferenceeducation to put together your personal schedule! Learn more about this conference...and register today! Continue reading
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Doug Keaty, a general contractor from Fountain Hills, AZ, and formerly with the New Mexico Home Builders Association, attended a forum at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's exhibit booth in Las Vegas. After the session, he talked with HFSC's Peg Paul about what he heard from NFPA fire sprinkler expert Matt Klaus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Students from the University of Northern Iowa were among attendees at this morning's home fire sprinkler forum at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Hosted by NFPA sprinkler expert Matt Klaus, the 1/2 hour forums in the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's booth address common myths about sprinklers, system options, installation requirements, and trade-up benefits for builders and developers, including: street width reduction increased street grades and building set-backs increased hydrant spacing longer dead-end streets Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Aneta Piwowareztk of Las Vegas was the winner of a Smart TV at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition's booth at the International Builders' Show. Aneta played the Built for Life game show with host Tom Clark, correctly answered a question about home fire sprinklers, and got to take a spin on our slot machine. Lots more prizes available today, including another Smart TV. If you're here in Las Vegas, be sure to stop by Booth #C1053. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
NFPA sprinkler expert Matt Klaus tells a story about friends who were concerned that their fire sprinklers would ruin the look of their new home. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board -- and member of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, explains how home fire sprinklers are installed. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has exhibited at the International Builders’ Show for more than 15 years. And every year, there seems to be more interest and more understanding about the life-saving potential of sprinklers. We chat with many builders, naturally, but also get to talk with real estate agents, developers, architects, and remodelers. And for the past few years, the show has co-located with KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Tom Clark of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition hosts the Built for Life game in the HFSC booth at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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NFPA's Matt Klaus reviews NFPA's sprinkler standard with an attendee at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. I got a chance to walk around the enormous exhibit space at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas today, and I was floored by the array of new and innovate products that are on display. Lots of great ways to make your home more attractive, stylish, comfortable, secure, and safe. From outdoor kitchens, spa bathrooms, rainwater harvesting systems, oodles of smart home technologies, to a $25,000 home elevator system, it seems the only limits are your imagination and your wallet. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Tom Clark of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition invites attendees at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas to play the "Built for Life" game. By answering a question about sprinklers - and addressing some of the most common myths about sprinklers (ie. did you know that smoke cannot make a sprinkler operate? Only the high temperature of a fire will set it off), attendees get a chance at the slot machine, where they can win a cap, a commuter cup, a tool tote bag, and a Smart TV. Continue reading
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Matt Klaus, NFPA's principal fire protection engineer, and the team from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which provides information and materials about home fire sprinklers for consumers, the fire service, builders, and other professionals, do final prep for the grand opening of the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. At this year's show, Matt is working the booth to help answer questions from builders about the installation of sprinklers in homes: how they work, water supply, options, maintenance requirements, and how the installation fits with builder production schedules. Matt will host five half-hour forums in the booth this week... Continue reading
The State Fire Prevention Commission in Maryland has adopted the 2015 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Code™, and NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. Both codes are used to protect people and property in new and existing buildings. The Life Safety Code, used in all 50 states, mandates building design construction, operation, and maintenance requirements to protect building occupants from the dangers caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. "Life safety is always our top priority," said State... Continue reading