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Mike Hazell
Web Publisher, NFPA
Interests: NFPA, Fire Prevention, Fire Protection, Public Education, Public Advocacy, Fire-Safe Cigarettes
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NFPA has issued the following formal interpretation on NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting: NFPA 1851, Formal Interpretation 1851-14-01, referencing 8.1.4, of the 2014 edition, issuance date:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Today's Responder
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In his most recent "Firewatch" column in NFPA Journal®, author Ken Trembay details nearly 20 fire incidents from across the United States, including this blaze from Iowa. Woman dies in electrical fire IOWA—A 42-year-old woman died of smoke inhalation in her single-family home when she became trapped in her living room by an electrical fire. The two-story, wood-frame home, which was 48 feet (15 meters) long and 38 feet (12 meters) wide, had balloon frame construction with several wall voids leading from the basement to the top floor. The house had no smoke alarms or sprinklers. The fire department received... Continue reading
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by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed A dangerous activity known as the fire challenge is trending on social media outlets. This activity requires the participant to apply an accelerant such as nail polish remover or hand sanitizer to a body part and light it on fire. Not surprisingly, as the YouTube views rise, we are also seeing an increase in visits to burn centers around the country from teens who take on in this hazardous dare. The solution to this problem is more complex than educating adolescents about the perils of fire and pain of burn injuries. Adults addressing the situation need... Continue reading
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NFPA INSIDER is a live, bi-monthly online session — an added benefit for NFPA members only — that features expanded news and content from the latest issue of NFPA Journal and other NFPA sources. Recently, the July episode aired, featuring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Today's Responder
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NFPA is accepting proposals for educational presentations at its 2015 Conference & Expo. Share your knowledge with your peers as a presenter in Chicago, June 22-25. Complete our application and submit by Monday, September 15, 2014. Continue reading
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NFPA is accepting proposals for educational presentations at its 2015 Conference & Expo. Share your knowledge with your peers as a presenter in Chicago, June 22-25. Complete our application and submit by Monday, September 15, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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In a letter to the Daily Record, David Kurasz, Executive Director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, says the recent fire death of a 60-year-old woman from Essex Falls underscores a problem that is often overlooked and rarely discussed. "So often the circumstances surrounding these fatal fires are the same," writes Mr. Kurasz. "A victim or victims are fast asleep and a spark becomes a smolder which begins to smoke and becomes a flame. These flames can double in their size every 45 seconds and can be accelerated by oil-based products and fabrics like furniture. By this point... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Sign-in to NFPA's web site for free access to the most popular educational session papers from the 2014 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. NFPA 99-2015, Health Care Facilities Code, Changes Concealed Spaces Requirements in NFPA 13, Standard for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Sign-in to NFPA's web site for free access to the most popular educational session papers from the 2014 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. NFPA 99-2015, Health Care Facilities Code, Changes Concealed Spaces Requirements in NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems Photovoltaic System Fire Hazards NFPA 101-2015, Life Safety Code, Changes NFPA 1730 and the Identification, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Fire Prevention Program Fire Alarm Requirements of the Model Codes and How They Work With NFPA 72 NFPA 99-2012, Health Care Facilities Code: Emergency Management and Security Sprinkler Technology: Storage Protection Sprinkler Protection of Storage... Continue reading
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Many codes, standards and other NFPA publications are available in digital formats to better accommodate your work style. Now, you can stay up to code with the electrical safety industry standard, the 2014 edition of NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code on your Andoid device. The NEC® 2014 Android Edition app is a mobile companion to the code to allow you access wherever and whenever you need it. Benefits of using the mobile app version include: Ability to browse sections of the standard by keyword for easy information retrieval Access to important electrical safety news and code development information from the... Continue reading
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George Esbensen, chief of the Eden Prairie (MN) Fire Department, tells CBS Minnesota that the combination of working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers saves lives. Minnesota lawmakers have passed new requirements for fire sprinklers in new homes larger than 4,500 square feet, effective Janaury 24, 2015. “This is a great move to keep our residents safer in single-family home construction,” George Esbensen, chief of the Eden Prairie Fire Department, and legislative chair of the Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association told CBS Minnesota. Chief Esbensen says houses today are built with lighter materials and furnished with more synthetics than older homes. “It... Continue reading
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George Esbensen, chief of the Eden Prairie (MN) Fire Department, tells CBS Minnesota that the combination of working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers saves lives. Minnesota lawmakers have passed new requirements for fire sprinklers in new homes larger than 4,500 square feet, effective Janaury 24, 2015. “This is a great move to keep our residents safer in single-family home construction,” George Esbensen, chief of the Eden Prairie Fire Department, and legislative chair of the Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association told CBS Minnesota. Chief Esbensen says houses today are built with lighter materials and furnished with more synthetics than older homes. “It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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by NFPA's Cathy Prudhomme I try and set aside a few minutes each Friday to read trade articles and email that’s piled up during the week, and when I got to that place on my calendar today a piece from a colleague was calling my name. That article was from authors Rachel Cleetus and Kranti Mulak with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Their recently released report, “Playing with Fire – How Climate Change and Development Patterns are Contributing to the Soaring Costs of Western Wildfires” was screaming for me to open it. The report strives to explain why western wildfires... Continue reading
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by NFPA's Lisa Braxton A number of fire departments find that an effective way to reach residents in need of smoke alarms is to keep alarms on the truck. That way, smoke alarms are with firefighters when they answer a call. “It is important to always be prepared for “on-the-spot” installations because the greatest challenges with outfitting every home in our community with a working smoke alarm are identifying the homes that need them,” says Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief David Girouard. Additional helpful hints from Girouard and other fire and safety officials are included in NFPA’s “Planning and Implementing... Continue reading
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by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra Oregon and Washington have seen their share of wildfire activity this past month. News reports say that a combined 940,000 acres in both states have burned to date. Fire officials point to lightning as the cause of several of the large fires. Northwest Interagency Coordination Center spokeswoman, Carol Connolly, said this morning that 3,000 lightning strikes were reported in Oregon as storms moved from Northern California into southern Oregon and points north. These same storms, according to California news reports, created more than 20,000 lightning strikes across much of that state, including dozens in the Bay... Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of Fire Engineering Magazine by NFPA's Lisa Braxton The latest issue of Fire Engineering Magazine features an article about the dangers of hoarder fires. Writer Ryan Pennington points out that an often overlooked danger to firefighters is tackling the overhaul phase. After a fire has been knocked down, he says, research shows that many firefighters overexert themselves and are unaware of the dangers. Sifting through pounds of collected material can lead to respiratory problems, broken limbs, pulled backs, and even death. He says that the overhaul phase can become more manageable with increased on-the-scene staffing, heavy machinery, and... Continue reading
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Fire sprinkler requirements for new homes in Crest Hill (IL) have been repealed by the community’s city council. According to a report on MySuburbanLife.com, fire officials say the lack of a fire sprinkler system decreases the safety of future homes. Lockport Township Fire Chief Dave Skoryi said that city council's decision was unwise, and that the sprinkler systems are necessary for today’s homes. Tom Lia from the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board said the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) and home builder groups presented the city with misinformation about the impact of fire sprinkler units in homes. In the... Continue reading
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Fire sprinkler requirements for new homes in Crest Hill (IL) have been repealed by the community’s city council. According to a report on MySuburbanLife.com, fire officials say the lack of a fire sprinkler system decreases the safety of future homes. Lockport Township Fire Chief Dave Skoryi said that city council's decision was unwise, and that the sprinkler systems are necessary for today’s homes. Tom Lia from the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board said the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) and home builder groups presented the city with misinformation about the impact of fire sprinkler units in homes. In the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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For a limited time, NFPA members have exclusive access to a video featuring author and historian Michael Beschloss, keynote speaker at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas last month. During his presentation, Mr. Beschloss encouraged attendees to learn from the past as he presented anecdotes of U.S. presidents skilled in leadership. Members: Watch the video now (sign-in on NFPA's web site required). Not a member? Learn about the benefits of NFPA membership. Following his presentation, Mr. Beschloss met with meeting attendees in the Expo Hall and signed copies of his latest book, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They... Continue reading
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Photo: Firefighters try to hold the flames on the front lines of the Carlton Complex Fire in Central Washington on July 20, 2014.(Photo: Alex Rozier, KING-TV, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.) by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra According to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, about 50 fires are now burning across the state and residents continue to brace for the worst as firefighters battle the blazes that have been sparked by hot, dry weather, powerful winds and lightning. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said over the weekend that firefighters from New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming have made their way to Washington to help fight... Continue reading
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NFPA and Domino’s Pizza are teaming up for the 7th year to deliver fire safety messages and pizza during FPW, October 5-11, 2014. To continue the campaign's success, we’re encouraging fire departments to join forces with their local Domino’s Pizza store and implement the program in their communities. Here’s how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In 2013, 97 firefighters died while on duty in the United States, a sharp increase over recent years due primarily to the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, which claimed the lives of 19 wildland firefighters, and the explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed nine firefighters, an EMT,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Watch this new video from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coaliton, that provides real estate professionals with important information about the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers, and useful tips for marketing a home protected by them. The video features Litsa Lekatsos, a real estate broker based in Glen Ellyn, IL, who lives in a sprinklered home. See more more home fire sprinkler information, created by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, especially for real estate professionals. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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NFPA 1401, Recommended Pratice for Fire Service Training Reports and Records, NFPA 1402, Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers and NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions as ope for public input. The public input closing date is January 5, 2015. Click on the link above, then click on The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals). to submit your suggested changes. Continue reading
The Massachusets State Fire Marshal's office has concluded that the fire that killed seven people, including three young children, was caused by an electrical problem. According to the Lowell Sun, that fire on July 10 caused the largest number of fatalities from a single fire that the state has seen in two decades. Appearing on FOX25 in Boston, Ruth Balser, State Representative for the 12th Middlesex District in Massachusetts, spoke about the tragedy and her efforts to advocate for the expansion of fire sprinkler requirements for all new homes in the state. Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 |... Continue reading