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Yesterday was World Cancer Day, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network shared a great post that we wanted to make sure our readers saw as well. They thought (and we agree!) that the day was a great opportunity to mention FCSN's new cancer-prevention white paper. FCSN assembled an outstanding working group for three days last week, and one of NFPA's Research Foundation members, Casey Grant, was able to attend. The group met to review the latest occupational-cancer research and develop recommended cancer-prevention practices for the fire service. The new white paper’s scheduled for release in April. FCSN thanked their participants... Continue reading
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NFPA Xchange™ is our new, free online community, and we want to invite you to join us there! NFPA Xchange lets you connect with professionals worldwide, explore content, share ideas, and ask questions, as the latest way to stay up-to-date on codes and standards related information. NFPA Xchange allows users to search or browse information on topics ranging from fire protection systems, electrical, building and life safety, emergency response, and more. Content is submitted by community users and NFPA staff and subject matter experts alike. We want to invite the public to join and share their expertise, discuss emerging issues... Continue reading
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Chimney top devices are used throughout the world, but to provide clearer guidance, the NFPA 211 Technical Committee wanted to develop a clearer vision of the international use of chimney top devices. A Fire Protection Research Foundation report entitled, Impact of Chimney-top Appurtenances on Flue Gas Flow, was previously completed in December 2014 and included a look at existing chimney-top devices and their effect on the flow of gas. It also included a review of available chimney-top devices. However, it did not consider international implications. This project reviewed international codes and standards as they pertain to the use of chimney... Continue reading
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The January issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: Information about how to apply for a funding award from State Farm and NFPA for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day A year-end wrap up focusing on the new communities that became recognized Firewise sites Tips for cleaning out gutters to help resist ember ignition during a wildfire Four ways to take compelling Firewise photos ...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don’t miss an issue! So... Continue reading
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The January issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: Information about how to apply for a funding award from State Farm and NFPA for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day A year-end wrap up focusing on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A Fire Department Connection (FDC) is “A connection through which the fire department can supplemental water into the sprinkler system, standpipe, or other system, furnishing water for fire extinguishment to supplement existing water supplies.” FDCs are required on all standpipe systems per NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, and sprinkler systems per NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. In 2007, the Technical Committee for NFPA 14 added the requirement for one 2 ½ inch inlet per every 250 gallons per minute (gpm), but this requirement lacks supporting scientific documentation, so there was... Continue reading
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The January issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Guidelines on hoverboard safety Safety recommendations for electric portable space heaters A new infographic detailing the process of creating NFPA’s education messages Lorraine Carli talks about NFPA’s advocacy work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Safety Source
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a new edition of our National Electrical Code?! In the most recent issue of NFPA Journal, our President Jim Pauley comments in his First Word column that he "want[ed] to offer a special thanks to the National Electrical Code® technical committee. As many of you know, this is our largest standards project. As [he] writes, the committee just completed its second-draft meetings. We wanted to show everyone just how much work actually does go into the standard development process for the NEC, our largest standards project, and created the infographic above... Continue reading
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With the winter months upon us, we want to remind homeowners about the fire dangers associated with heating equipment. Improper use of such equipment like portable or stationary space heaters, wood burning stoves and fireplaces can be incredibly dangerous, and their misuse is a leading cause of U.S. home fire... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Safety Source
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With the winter months upon us, we want to remind homeowners about the fire dangers associated with heating equipment. Improper use of such equipment like portable or stationary space heaters, wood burning stoves and fireplaces can be incredibly dangerous, and their misuse is a leading cause of U.S. home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. More than half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn, like upholstered furniture, clothing, blankets and bedding, was too close to heating equipment. During... Continue reading
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Below are the proceedings of a Summit we held last October that addressed planning for the application of Smart Homes. This day and a half Summit was hosted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and is a supplemental effort to the earlier NIST funded project to address the “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting.” Here, “Smart” is understood to be the use of emerging technology relating to cyber-physical systems, and “Homes” is interpreted as where people sleep. This effort focuses on the emerging trends in safe living where technology and fire safety intersect. The intent is to promote technological solutions... Continue reading
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Have you ever wondered where NFPA gets their educational safety messages? Or how often they are updated? Well, we have a new infographic that details out the whole process! It's just in time too, because we are looking for your input! Accurate messaging is the heart of safety education. NFPA... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Safety Source
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Have you ever wondered where NFPA gets their educational safety messages? Or how often they are updated? Well, we have a new infographic that details out the whole process! It's just in time too, because we are looking for your input! Accurate messaging is the heart of safety education. NFPA and life safety experts in the field work together to build strong messages that can be shared. We are currently looking for input and feedback on the 2015 Educational Desk Reference as we work to produce the new 2016 edition. After you have looked through the 2015 edition, please download... Continue reading
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With the holiday now behind us, O Christmas tree, how saggy are your branches? The gifts have been removed from under the pine, the tree is swiftly losing its coat of green, and the needles are piling up on the floor, which means it’s time to remove the tree from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Safety Source
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With the holiday now behind us, O Christmas tree, how saggy are your branches? The gifts have been removed from under the pine, the tree is swiftly losing its coat of green, and the needles are piling up on the floor, which means it’s time to remove the tree from your home. Christmas trees are very flammable, dry out the longer they remain in the home, and can be consumed by fire in a matter of seconds.” All trees can burn, though dry ones can be engulfed by flames significantly more quickly. NFPA statistics indicate that nearly 40 percent of... Continue reading
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We are now accepting applications for the 2016 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal. This award recognizes outstanding advocacy efforts that further NFPA’s mission of helping to save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal honors an individual or group that shares the values of former NFPA President Jim Shannon. Candidates will be involved in advocacy efforts that advance NFPA’s mission, take into account cost-effectiveness, and involve collaboration with NFPA and other organizations. Nominations are open to members of the fire service or any other person or group whose advocacy efforts meet the... Continue reading
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The December issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: Highlights from the 2015 wildfire season An important wildfire mitigation message to all WUI residents from community members in Kittitas County, Washington The 2014 (top) large loss fires report that includes a CA wildfire in the list Research that explores social behavior in wildfire science ...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don’t miss an issue! So subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to... Continue reading
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The December issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: Highlights from the 2015 wildfire season An important wildfire mitigation message to all WUI residents from community members in Kittitas County, Washington The 2014 (top)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The December issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; NFPA’s annual holiday fire-safety campaign, “Project Holiday” New Dan Doofus video, Yule Light Up My Life Live burn video shows how quickly Christmas tree fires can turn deadly Deck the Halls with Fire Safety video The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more. Continue reading
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The December issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; NFPA’s annual holiday fire-safety campaign, “Project Holiday” New Dan Doofus video, Yule Light Up My Life Live burn video shows how quickly Christmas tree fires can turn deadly Deck... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Safety Source
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Let this be your formal invitation! We are hosting a Twitter chat, tomorrow (December 9th) at 2:00pm ET along with our friends U.S. Fire Administration, Electrical Safety Foundation International, SafeKids and Consumer Product Safety Commission (plus, many other safety groups around the country!) We will be talking about all sorts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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Let this be your formal invitation! We are hosting a Twitter chat, tomorrow (December 9th) at 2:00pm ET along with our friends U.S. Fire Administration, Electrical Safety Foundation International, SafeKids and Consumer Product Safety Commission (plus, many other safety groups around the country!) We will be talking about all sorts of winter fire safety issues and providing tips and resources to make sure you and your family 'put a freeze on winter fires' this year. Follow along with the chat using #WinterSafety on Twitter. Feel free to submit your own questions related to fire safety topics as well. We hope... Continue reading
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Do you want to make a difference? We are hiring an Online Community Manager to drive the adoption of our Online Community, NFPA Xchange through increasing engagement and interaction with NFPA members and non-members. Our Community manager will ensure our users become enthusiastic evangelists because of their exceptional online experience in our community. Primary success in this role will be through leveraging technology to create engaging interactions and experiences for our stakeholders and ultimately creating and incorporating member only exclusive content. As such, you will contribute to the evolution of the community based on data-driven insights, user input, content marketing... Continue reading
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The November issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: Details about a free virtual workshop that will focus on how residents and local agencies can build trust as they work together on wildfire preparedness activities A new NFPA video that features Dr. Jack Cohen and provides recent research and shows how homes can survive a wildfire An introduction to Gwen Hensley, a visual information specialist from the U.S. Forest Service who was recently awarded the 2015 Golden Smokey Bear Award Information about proposed legislation... Continue reading
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The November issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue: Details about a free virtual workshop that will focus on how residents and local agencies can build trust as they work together on wildfire preparedness... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog