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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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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
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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
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 3 days ago 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
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
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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California Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, who also serves as a member of the NFPA Board of Directors, is being honored with the 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award from the International Code Council (ICC) and the Fire & Life Safety Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). “Tonya Hoover’s work in fire safety and prevention undoubtedly has saved countless lives,” said ICC Board President Stephen Jones. "Her dedication has been inspirational to many. Tonya is a hero in every sense of the word.” Fire Marshal Hoover has been actively involved in fire prevention, public education and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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California Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, who also serves as a member of the NFPA Board of Directors, is being honored with the 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award from the International Code Council (ICC) and the Fire & Life Safety Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). “Tonya Hoover’s work in fire safety and prevention undoubtedly has saved countless lives,” said ICC Board President Stephen Jones. "Her dedication has been inspirational to many. Tonya is a hero in every sense of the word.” Fire Marshal Hoover has been actively involved in fire prevention, public education and... Continue reading
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Like everyone else in this information age, fire officials and researchers are awash with data and wondering how best use it all. For instance, there is a lot of information out there about fire loss, but how does a fire department go about gathering and analyzing it—and what’s the best... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Home improvement expert Ron Hazelton talks about why fires in newer homes can be more dangerous than fires in older homes. Ron also speaks about how fire sprinklers can prevent flashover and deadly smoke from spreading. Ron is a spokesperson for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a free online resource for information and materials about home fire sprinklers for consumers and professionals. You can also learn more about NFPA's efforts to promote sprinkler requirements in all new one-and two-family homes on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative website. Continue reading
Home improvement expert Ron Hazelton talks about why fires in newer homes can be more dangerous than fires in older homes. Ron also speaks about how fire sprinklers can prevent flashover and deadly smoke from spreading. Ron is a spokesperson for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a free online resource for information and materials about home fire sprinklers for consumers and professionals. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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As I penned my first “First Word” column for NFPA Journal®, I thought about how excited I am to have made the journey to NFPA as the association’s new president. After almost 30 years in the electrical industry, some of you may be asking why I chose to make this career change. The answer is simple: the mission and the people at NFPA are second to none. Throughout my career I have been involved in many organizations and societies, served on many different boards, and worked with a wide variety of people. I can say without a doubt that what... 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. Yesterday, the June episode aired, and featured NFPA President Jim Shannon, Koffel Associates Vice President Jim Lathrop and NFPA's Division Manager of Codes & Standards, Dawn Bellis. Jim Shannon gave his last 'First Word' and reviewed some important milestones of his tenure as President. He left members with this advice; get involved with the code making process, because the more people that do from a variety... Continue reading
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Submit your session proposals online now through September 15 for the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago. The event will be held June 22-25, 2014 at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Download a calendar reminder. The NFPA Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. With approximately 5,000 attendees, it is the year's largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries. If you'd like to share your knowledge and best practices, we invite you to send us your session proposals in any of the following topic areas:... Continue reading
Don Corkery, newly-elected president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, is calling for the the adoption of the new ICC Residential Building Code which includes requiremetns for fire sprinklers in all new 1- and 2-family homes. "This will be my # 1 priority as president of this association," he said. Chief Corkery, speaking at the recent NY State Fire Chiefs Convention, said his group wants state legislators to be heroes and pass this bill, saving lives and property in New York for generations to come. Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initaitive web site. Continue reading
Don Corkery, newly-elected president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, is calling for the the adoption of the new ICC Residential Building Code which includes requirements for fire sprinklers in all new 1- and 2-family homes. "This will be my # 1 priority as president of this association," he said. Chief Corkery, speaking at the recent NY State Fire Chiefs Convention, said his group wants state legislators to be heroes and pass this bill, saving lives and property in New York for generations to come. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
Photo Credit:The Republic This Monday, June 30 marks the one year anniversary of the tragic day when 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew were killed outside Yarnell, Arizona in the Yarnell Hill Fire. To honor their loss the City of Prescott AZ is observing the anniversary with a moment of silence and ringing of the bell at 4:42pm; along with an honor guard ceremony beginning at 4pm. A reading of the names of the 19 firefighters that perished will be read by Patrick McCarty, a former Granite Mountain Hotshot; along with words from newly appointed Prescott Fire Chief... Continue reading
Photo Credit:The Republic This Monday, June 30 marks the one year anniversary of the tragic day when 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew were killed outside Yarnell, Arizona in the Yarnell Hill Fire. To honor their loss the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Today's Responder
The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the adoption of the latest edition of the International Residential Building Code (IRC) without amendment. The New York State Code Council is working to update the residential code and provisions of the IRC, which calls for the installation of residential sprinklers in newly constructed homes or those residences that undergo reconstruction of more than 50 percent of the home. The requirement for residential sprinkler systems has been a provision of the IRC since the 2009 edition; New York currently operates on the 2006 edition.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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This year, from June 22rd to 28th, the National Weather Service is commemorating Lightning Safety Awareness Week. This is an important educational week for them, and us, because summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena--lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Safety Source
A new 30-second public service announcement encouraging people who are building new homes to ask for home fire sprinklers has been making the rounds on HGTV. The spot, created by the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, was featured during popular programs like “Property Brothers”, “Curb Appeal”, “Love It or List It”, and “House Hunters International”, and was expected to reach some 32 million viewers with its important message. “Thinking of building a new home? Now is the time to think about protecting it with fire sprinklers. Nine out of 10 fire deaths happen where you least expect them, at home.... Continue reading
A new 30-second public service announcement encouraging people who are building new homes to ask for home fire sprinklers has been making the rounds on HGTV. The spot, created by the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, was featured during popular programs like “Property Brothers”, “Curb Appeal”, “Love It or List It”, and “House Hunters International”, and was expected to reach some 32 million viewers with its important message. “Thinking of building a new home? Now is the time to think about protecting it with fire sprinklers. Nine out of 10 fire deaths happen where you least expect them, at home.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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Ann Jeffers (right) accepts the Bigglestone Award on behalf of her team from Kathleen Almand of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. Erica Kuligowski accepts the Bigglestone Award from Kathleen Almand of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. This year Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation