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NFPA has created a new cooking safety infographic for you to use on your website, in blogs and newsletters, and on your Facebook and Twitter platforms. The graphic speaks to an important message when it comes to cooking at home: Install smoke alarms at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances. This includes built-in microwaves, stoves and ranges. Take a look around your kitchen? Where does your smoke alarm reside? Use our handy infographic to help guide you! Just download the graphic and place it wherever you want to use it. And don't forget to share it with your friends... Continue reading
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The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) voted to adopt a national model fire code at a recent meeting. The new code adopts the NFPA Fire Code (NFPA 1, 2012 edition) with Massachusetts amendments. Massachusetts joins nearly 20 other states in the country that use this model code as the backbone of their fire code. The new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00) will take effect on January 1, 2015. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is a 16 member board responsible for promulgating a comprehensive fire safety code for the state. The board was created in the... Continue reading
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The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) voted to adopt a national model fire code at a recent meeting. The new code adopts the NFPA Fire Code (NFPA 1, 2012 edition) with Massachusetts amendments. Massachusetts joins nearly 20 other states... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Today's Responder
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Fire Chief Magazine started this Cold Water Challenge face-off a few weeks ago to determine which leaders in the fire service industry completed the challenge first. NFPA's Lorraine Carli made it through the first round after voters thought she had completed her video before Robert Avsec. Now, she is up again against Vickie Pritchett. For those new to the game, the face-off challenge is simple: vote for who you think took the challenge first; and Fire Chief will reveal the true order after the bracket is complete. Their mission is also simple: give firefighters a reason to have a bit... Continue reading
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Redding Fire Department officials said a homeowner’s foresight prevented a home vegetation fire last week, from growing out of control. Crews quickly knocked down the fire that started after a eucalyptus branch knocked down power lines near the property, Battalion Chief Steve Reilly said. The fire burned a 50-foot swatch... Continue reading
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Redding Fire Department officials said a homeowner’s foresight prevented a home vegetation fire last week, from growing out of control. Crews quickly knocked down the fire that started after a eucalyptus branch knocked down power lines near the property, Battalion... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Today's Responder
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Doddridge Fire Department in Miller County recently renewed their Firewise status for 2014. Way to go guys! Has your community renewed its Firewise recognition status for 2014 yet? Doddridge, Arkansas was proud to do so recently! Log in at Firewise.org to update your community's status for the year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As I looked at my calendar this morning I thought … wow, can we really be this deep into August already!? Well, for some of us, we know what the middle of the month means; waving goodbye to beach parties and saying hello to college exams. This year, as you write out a list of what you need to take to school, why not add something new to that list, something you might not have thought about before … NFPA’s Campus Fire Safety infographic! The infographic is a great way to remind you and your friends about the importance of... Continue reading
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The August issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: An article published in National Geographic that highlights how (even) the small steps, including the principles of Firewise, can help save homes from wildfire A link to two NFPA-hosted webinars; the August webinar focuses on mulch combustibility, and the September webinar discusses how to prepare for wildfire beyond home landscaping A link to a new webpage on the Firewise site that features artwork from kids from around the country who have expressed their feelings about wildfire and fire safety A... Continue reading
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The August issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: An article published in National Geographic that highlights how (even) the small steps, including the principles of Firewise, can help save homes from wildfire A link to two NFPA-hosted webinars;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for the Division Manager of our Wildland Fire Operations working from our Denver, CO office. This person will be responsible for developing and implementing multiple long and short term programs that support Association goals. They will be responsible... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for the Division Manager of our Wildland Fire Operations working from our Denver, CO office. This person will be responsible for developing and implementing multiple long and short... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for the Division Manager of our Wildland Fire Operations working from our Denver, CO office. This person will be responsible for developing and implementing multiple long and short term programs that support Association goals. They will be responsible for overseeing the creation of well-designed programs, products, services and outreach activities that empower people to take positive action to prevent fire and injury and maintaining NFPA’s integrity and leadership in wildland fire protection, nationally and internationally. The ideal candidate will have 10+ years’ experience in management, fire protection, wildland... Continue reading
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Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, a new storybook app, was selected as a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media! Sparky’s Birthday Surprise teaches kids ages 3-6 important fire safety skills. The app is jam-packed with learning games, activities, coloring pages, and a sing-a-long. With bright graphics and kid-friendly “tappable” animations throughout, the app is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math. In the app, it's Sparky's birthday, and his friends are planning a surprise party. While enjoying this interactive, animated story, kids learn... Continue reading
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Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, a new storybook app, was selected as a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media! Sparky’s Birthday Surprise teaches kids ages 3-6 important fire safety skills. The app is jam-packed with learning games, activities,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Safety Source
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“Exult O shores, and ring O bells! But I with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.” ~ 1989 film Dead Poets Society As Hollywood says its goodbye to Robin Williams, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The Smart Firefighting Workshop Summary Report is now available for download through the Fire Protection Research Foundation site. This report summarizes the results of the Smart Firefighting Workshop held on March 24 and 25, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia and sponsored... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The Smart Firefighting Workshop Summary Report is now available for download through the Fire Protection Research Foundation site. This report summarizes the results of the Smart Firefighting Workshop held on March 24 and 25, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia and sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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The fire service and other emergency responders serve an important societal role by saving lives, reducing injuries and minimizing the adverse impact from unwanted fire and other emergency events. As the duties of emergency responders are numerous, they commonly utilize... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The fire service and other emergency responders serve an important societal role by saving lives, reducing injuries and minimizing the adverse impact from unwanted fire and other emergency events. As the duties of emergency responders are numerous, they commonly utilize Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) to fulfill... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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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. In this month's NFPA INSIDER, on Thursday, August 21st, at 2:00 pm (EDT), members will hear: Carl Baldassarra, Fire Protection Engineering Expert, will provide insight on the evolution of fire escapes, including new applications and concerns over the inspection and maintenance of older fire escapes. Dawn Bellis, NFPA Division Manager of Codes & Standards, and Linda Fuller, Sr. Manager of Standards Operations, will discuss participation, applications... Continue reading
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The 2014 Fire Prevention Week theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives; Test Yours Every Month." As a fun way to learn all about smoke alarm safety, we have developed a short trivia quiz for our website. Take the quiz... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Today's Responder
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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 new NFPA President, Jim Pauley, and NFPA's Ryan Depew with the public fire protection division. As incoming President, Jim Pauley provided his first NFPA Insider segment on his thoughts about NFPA and his upcoming tenure. Being involved with NFPA for years through technical committees and fourteen years on the Standards Council, including six as Chair, he had a good understanding... Continue reading
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What you may think is a hazardous location may not be what the National Electrical Code (NEC) considers a hazardous location. There is no way powdered sugar can create a hazardous location, right? Of course, this area is not a hazardous location because an explosive atmosphere is not present. If I were in a hazardous location, I would be required to wear special articles of clothing. An outdoor area cannot possibly be a classified location. If you were in a hazardous location you would know it, wouldn’t you? Sound familiar? Then you could be in a hazardous location without knowing... Continue reading
I have been sharing vintage haz mat training videos over the last few days and asked that while watching, you consider if any of these could happen today and how we can continue to improve our response to these incidents.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Today's Responder