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I'm really happy to announce three new children's videos from NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division. The videos, “Sparky’s Wildfire Safety Home Projects for Kids and Parents,” “Sparky’s Neighborhood Wildfire Safety Tips for Families” and “Sparky and NFPA’s Wildfire Safety Checklist” feature NFPA’s spokesdog, Sparky the Fire Dog® who teaches young children the importance of wildfire safety. Each video provides a fun and easy way parents and children can work together to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their homes and around their neighborhoods. The videos complement other youth-related wildfire information including interactive games, quizzes and artwork, and teaching... Continue reading
I'm really happy to announce three new children's videos from NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division. The videos, “Sparky’s Wildfire Safety Home Projects for Kids and Parents,” “Sparky’s Neighborhood Wildfire Safety Tips for Families” and “Sparky and NFPA’s Wildfire Safety Checklist”... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Today's Responder
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During Thanksgiving there is a lot of cooking going on in the kitchen. Make sure you have a 3 foot "kid-free" zone around the stove. Print out and make your own "kid-free" zone marker to show children exactly where the 3 foot mark is. However, the holidays are also a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the ProBoard, the accrediting organization that internationally recognizes professional achievement in the fire service and related fields, met in the Quincy headquarters of NFPA. The group listened to various updates from around NFPA, including... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Today's Responder
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The November issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New community toolkit on carbon monoxide safety Mini lesson on CO poisoning Select tip sheets can now be customized Printable safety placemat for Thanksgiving dinner Tips for a fire-safe Thanksgiving Jim Pauley discusses effective ways to improve data collection 10 tips to get ahead of the winer freeze 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... Continue reading
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The November issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New community toolkit on carbon monoxide safety Mini lesson on CO poisoning Select tip sheets can now be customized Printable safety placemat for Thanksgiving dinner Tips for a fire-safe... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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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: A discussion about the benefits of planning before tackling WUI fires An recap on the WFOD’s recent visit to England where staff learned about Firewise efforts being undertaken across the U.K. A link to the 2015 Backyards & Beyond conference “call for presentations” web page and deadline information A link to our free fall Firewise “How To” newsletter A cool infographic highlighting brush, grass and forest fire statistics … ...and much more. We want to... 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: A discussion about the benefits of planning before tackling WUI fires An recap on the WFOD’s recent visit to England where staff learned about Firewise... Continue reading
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Going back to school and being with peers is a very important step in a young burn survivor's recovery. It can be one of the most stressful transitions in the aftermath of a burn injury or traumatic loss. Everyday interaction with classmates, participation in extracurricular activities, and plans for their future may also pose new challenges… and your child may be unsure of how to ask questions or where to turn for help. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, along with several partners, created The Journey Back, a program for parents, teachers, or any caring adult who is assisting a... Continue reading
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The Fire Protection Research Foundation recently published the "Assessment of Hazardous Voltage/Current in Marinas, Boatyards and Floating Buildings" authored by John Adey of ABYC Foundation Inc. and Bill Daley, P.E. and Ryan Kelly with CED Technologies, Inc. The safety of electrical equipment installed and used in the vicinity of marinas,... Continue reading
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Office Hours is a live, interactive, streaming video presentation for NFPA Members featuring NFPA technical staff discussing NFPA codes and standards. In this month's event, join NFPA's Christopher Coache, as he discusses NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, Section 700.10, Emergency Circuit Protection. His presentation will include; Circuit protection for emergency circuits includes fire protection. Sprinkler protection for a room differs from sprinkler protection for an emergency feeder Where does the emergency circuit start? And More! Register today! Have questions? Get the answers during this live event on November 21st! Use NFPAOfficeHours@gmail.com or Tweet to #OfficeHours during the presentation. Get involved!... Continue reading
A story posted to EMS1 recently has gotten a lot of attention, so we wanted to share the news about an AED-carrying drone that could improve EMS with our readers. One of the most important considerations in emergency medical treatment... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Today's Responder
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We are surrounded today by data-gathering devices, which can do everything from track how well you sleep to the energy consumption of your house. Increasingly, the fire service is beginning to harness the vast amount of data and gadgets now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Do you have a great idea for a community-wide fire and life safety campaign or program but need funding to get the project launched? If so, you’ll want to consider applying for the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. Funded by the RJA Group, the $5,000 grant is open... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Do you have a great idea for a community-wide fire and life safety campaign or program but need funding to get the project launched? If so, you’ll want to consider applying for the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Do you have a great idea for a community-wide fire and life safety campaign or program but need funding to get the project launched? If so, you’ll want to consider applying for the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. Funded by the RJA Group, the $5,000 grant is open to any fire department–career or volunteer–located in the United States or Canada. In addition to the $5,000, the winning department will receive a commemorative plaque and the department's name inscribed on the winners’ plaque displayed at NFPA headquarters. Many recipients find that the grant helps to generate positive media coverage... Continue reading
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ESFR sprinklers are often installed in warehouses to avoid installation of in-rack sprinklers. However, since the discharge pattern of ESFR sprinklers is different from standard-spray sprinklers, obstructions near the sprinkler heads can greatly affect the distribution of water. NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, generally allows the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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Image via Scott Wolfson As temperatures drop and consumers begin cranking up their heating systems, NFPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have launched a new online toolkit to help local fire departments educate the public about the associated risks of carbon monoxide (CO) in the months ahead.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Safety Source
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Image via Scott Wolfson As temperatures drop and consumers begin cranking up their heating systems, NFPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have launched a new online toolkit to help local fire departments educate the public about the associated risks of carbon monoxide (CO) in the months ahead. November through February represent the leading months for CO poisoning in the U.S., with a peak in December. NFPA and CPSC announced the toolkit at a press conference today at a Philadelphia fire station with Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick J.V. Sawyer, NFPA President Jim Pauley, CPSC Vice Chairman Robert Adler... Continue reading
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Circuit Breaker Failure Caused by Surge Voltage Every year there are widespread anecdotal reports of homeowners’ property damage to electrical and electronic equipment resulting from electrical surges. The revision cycle of the 2011 edition of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC) included several proposals (e.g. NEC 4-53 and NEC 4-127)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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Two days ago, Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, the two Boston firefighters who died battling a nine-alarm fire on Beacon Street last March, were posthumously awarded the state’s highest firefighting honor. The ceremony was attended... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is hosting the first in a new webinar series, on Wednesday the 29th at 11:00am ET. The free webinar titled “Counterfeiting: Understanding Your Risk and Liability,” will delve into recent trends in counterfeiting as well as the legal responses aimed at addressing the issue. Citing specific court cases and seizures, panelists will describe the ongoing fight against counterfeit goods and the new technologies, practices, and collaborations that are helping to thwart these dangerous products. The live event will kick off ESFI’s “Zero Tolerance for Counterfeits” webinar series that that will feature industry experts discussing various... Continue reading
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Under the authority of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) establishes a National Construction Safety Team to determine the likely technical cause(s) of building failures. These reports include recommendations, but there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Under the authority of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) establishes a National Construction Safety Team to determine the likely technical cause(s) of building failures. These reports include recommendations, but there has been no systematic method available to evaluate the impact... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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One contender posing with the NEC Championship Belt This year, more than 700 electrical experts and professionals across the country have been able to put their knowledge and experience to the test once again in the 2nd year of the NEC Challenge. And this week, the Challenge will make its final trade show stop of the year in Baltimore at the IEC Electric Expo in booth #210, where we will find the next of our five 2014 championship contenders. Thus far this year, we’ve traveled across the country to NFPA C&E in Las Vegas, NJATC NTI in Ann Arbor and... Continue reading