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Katherine Stevens
Boston, MA
Public Affairs Intern for NFPA
Interests: Alfred Hitchcock, film photography, documentaries, fire safety
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The Wildland Fire Operations Division is pleased to announce that Lucian Deaton has joined their team as senior project manager. Based at the NFPA field office in Denver, Colorado, Deaton will will be the manager of the public outreach efforts of the Division, including the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities programs. NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division works with organizations across the country and around the globe to raise awareness of wildfire and what residents can do to help prevent loss of lives and property in their community. Before coming to NFPA, Deaton served as the wildland fire program manager... Continue reading
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The Wildland Fire Operations Division is pleased to announce that Lucian Deaton has joined their team as senior project manager. Based at the NFPA field office in Denver, Colorado, Deaton will will be the manager of the public outreach efforts of the Division, including the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Katherine Stevens is now following Casey Grant
Dec 2, 2013
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Earlier today NFPA released the most recent "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment" report, detailing national statistics from 2007 to 2011. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. It is responsible for two of every five reported home fires. It is also the leading cause of home fire injuries. The top three days for cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Other key findings from the report: Overall, cooking equipment caused 43 percent of reported home fires, 38 percent of home fire injuries, 16 percent of home fire deaths, and 12 percent of the direct property damage in... Continue reading
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is alerting consumers that the threat of fires in the kitchen triples on Thanksgiving Day. From 2009 through 2011, there was an average of about 1,300 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, which is more than three times the average daily rate from 2009 through 2011 of about 400 cooking fires a day. When it comes to fires in the home, cooking fires are number one. They accounted for nearly 150,000 fires (more than 40 percent of all annual unintentional residential fires) each year from 2009 through 2011. Unattended cooking is the top cause... Continue reading
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The latest issue of NFPA Journal, the official magazine of the NFPA, examines the review process currently underway for NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, in the article, “Closer Look.” The story details a new NFPA effort addressing a variety of questions related to the scope and adequacy of NFPA 25 including the changes it has gone through since its first addition in 1992. The story comes in light of an upcoming symposium which will examine a range of issues related to the standard’s effectiveness. Also featured in this issue: U.S. Firefighter Injuries in 2012... Continue reading
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Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, software and services company for the academic, professional and library markets, has partnered up with NFPA to create NEC products for Kindle and Apple devices, which are soon to be released on NOOK devices. Updated by the NFPA every three years, the NEC is the publication that sets the standard in the electrical industry and helps professionals remain code-compliant. NFPA has a host of products designed to offer rationale and clarifications for new and updated rules, in addition to practical, real-world advice on how to apply the codes. The NEC has been a valuable... Continue reading
Mayer and Sheryl Fistal are the latest to advocate for the use of home fire sprinklers in new homes as part of NFPA’s Faces of Fire Series. The campaign is part of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home campaign. While the Fistals, their guests, and their dog escaped serious injury when their brand new home caught fire in 2006, Sheryl suffered smoke inhalation and the house was a total loss. They were left with only their vehicle and the clothes they were wearing. The devastating loss suffered by the Fistals was just one of the more than 360,000 home... Continue reading
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Believe it or not, NFPA can’t do it all. While we have the world’s best installation, operation and maintenance standards, we need other standards (like product standards) to complement ours. We rely on groups like ASTM International, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for most standards related to calculation methods. And that is how Rita Fahy and I came to be active in ISO TC92, particularly SC4 on Fire Safety Engineering, which is why Rita, acting through ANSI, invited SC4 and SC3 to have their semi-annual meeting at NFPA. The meetings during... Continue reading
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The Finnish flag flew over NFPA offices in Quincy, Mass. recently to honor a delegation visiting from Finland, organized by The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK). The delegation brought together 13 high-ranking officials from government and private fire and safety organizations located in various regions in Finland, including the capital, Helsinki. Guests were welcomed by NFPA President Jim Shannon and attended presentations given by NFPA staffers, Don Bliss, Olga Caledonia, Guy Colonna, and Orlando Hernandez. Casey Grant of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of NFPA, also presented to the group. The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK) is a... Continue reading
UtahFireInfo.gov and the United States Forest Service recently teamed up to create videos to address wildfire concerns in Southern Utah. Two of the videos focus on fuel reduction projects and a third focuses on defensible space. Topics include: Defensible Space: Protecting Your Home and Property from Wildfire, Fuels Project Saves... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA is pleased to announce the new Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) certification program, created to encourage electrical safety within the industry. The program is based on NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2012 Edition, which sets requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. The CESCP certification program consists of a set of eligibility requirements, a 100 question computer-based examination, and a set of recertification requirements that must be completed within a three (3) year time period following initial certification. Program application forms can be found in the... Continue reading
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From 2006-2010, decorations were the first item ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year. During that same time fire departments responded to an estimated 11,640 home structure fires that were started by candles. Because of statistics like these, NFPA provides safety tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween: When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes... Continue reading
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Patti Maguire, Firewise Advisor to the Southwest Region “The after effects of a wildfire can be just as devastating and destructive as the fire itself. Immediate restoration of burned areas is critical but sometimes comes too little and too late,” says Patti Maguire, Firewise Advisor to the Southwest Region. Maguire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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With the change in seasons, fall is an excellent time to focus “inward” on the areas closest to your home, according to the latest issue of the Firewise “How-To” Newsletter. In these areas debris can accumulate creating a greater risk in the event that embers or flames come near. While... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
According to a recent report released by the NFPA, 540 civilian deaths in the United States were attributed to smoking material fires in 2011, a 30 year low that is well down from 1980 levels. In 2011, there were an estimated 90,000 smoking material fires resulting in $621 million in direct property damage. The decline in smoking, the effect of standards and regulations that have made mattresses and upholstered furniture more resistant to cigarette ignition, and more recently, adoption of fire-safe cigarette requirements throughout the country, are factors the report credits with the 73 percent decrease in smoking material fire... Continue reading
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Mark Goeller, State Fire Management Chief for Oklahoma Forestry Services “It’s important to have homeowners who understand that they have a role to play and that taking action is extremely helpful to reducing the overall wildfire exposure risk for their community,” says Mark Goeller, State Fire Management Chief for Oklahoma... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
NFPA announced today that Ontario, Canada will be transitioning from the Ontario Fire Service Standards to NFPA Pro-Qual Standards in 2014. The change is intended to provide a more consistent learning experience for students, establish a modernized process, and meet the requirements of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. The Pro Board was created 1990 to establish an international standard of achievement in the fire service and related fields. The Pro Board accredits organizations that use NFPA standards to develop training programs for public fire departments, both career and volunteer. Graduates are recognized as being competent and Pro Board... Continue reading
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In an effort to raise awareness for preventing home fires, LEGO® CITY and the NFPA announced a partnership today aimed at encouraging families to take measures to both prevent and plan for fire emergency. Through the partnership, both parent- and child-oriented fire prevention tips have been developed and are being distributed nationally in several ways. Parents can begin a family conversation about fire safety today by downloading tips from www.BuildTogether.com and can continue the conversation by participating in various events across the country this weekend: Boston Fire Museum: a large-scale community building event on Saturday, October 5 kicks off Fire... Continue reading
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Second graders from Martin Luther King Junior Education Center in Detroit, MI, were in for a treat Wednesday morning when they got to partake in the kick-off event for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week Partnership with Domino’s. The students participated in a variety of activities to learn about fire safety and even got a special visit from Sparky the Fire Dog. The event, which was hosted by Detroit Fire Department – Engine 30, begins Domino’s partnership with NFPA and fire stations across the country to deliver pizzas and fire safety messages throughout Fire Prevention Week. Random customers will be chosen to... Continue reading
Katherine Stevens is now following Faith Berry
Sep 25, 2013
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Destructive wildfires affect many areas across the state of California; threatening communities, risking the lives of firefighters, disrupting residents through evacuations and home losses, and creating millions of dollars of damage to homes, businesses and valuable natural resources. The good news is there are simple and often inexpensive ways to make your home safer from wildfire. The Sacramento (California) Metropolitan Fire Department is set to offer NFPA mitigation training courses to Sacramento-area residents. The one-day “Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards” and two-day “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” begin October 1 and are available at five area locations in... Continue reading
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NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are calling on fire departments, parents and teachers to Read for Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) and throughout the year to raise awareness among children about the importance of fire safety. NFPA recently launched a new free e-book and a storybook app that offer fun and interactive learning experiences for readers and audiences alike. In Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app, it’s the fire-safety dog’s birthday and children learn and play as they plan the party. The app is aimed at helping children ages 3-7 learn what to do if the smoke alarm... Continue reading
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Shayne Mintz has joined our staff as regional director for Canada, so we want to send out a warm welcome to him! Mintz brings over 35 years of experience in the fire service to the position. He has worked in many aspects of fire and life safety in the field, spending 17 years as a firefighter, rescue technician, and captain before serving in emergency planning and as fire chief for cities in southern Ontario. Most recently, he held the position of assistant deputy fire marshal in charge of Fire Protection Services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. Prior... Continue reading
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NFPA’s 2013 Fire Prevention Week will be held October 6-12. This year, we are encouraging the public to prevent kitchen fires. The kitchen is the leading area of origin for home fires, with nearly 3,000 reported daily in the United States. The Fire Prevention Week website as always , is a central portal of information and resources to help families, teachers, community leaders, and fire officials spread the word about fire safety. The site includes fire safety tip sheets, fire statistics, a family safety checklist, Sparky the Fire Dog activities for kids and public service announcement videos. Videos on the... Continue reading