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The Governor of Florida declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Erika's arrival later this weekend, when it is expected to reach hurricane status. While hurricane season has been fairly quiet to this point, Erika could bring some potential trouble to Florida and other states on the east coast. Because of this, we want to remind everyone that NFPA has hurricane preparedness information and safety basics on our website that will be useful before, during and after a hurricane. These tips include things like locating area shelters and the best way to travel to them beforehand, and creating... Continue reading
Green Builder Media hosted a webinar this past week to help builders, remodelers, architects and consumers make better choices in design and materials that are environmentally sound, and safer from wildfire. The webinar, “Building Safer in Natural Areas – Firewise and Wildland Fire,” was presented by Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Wildland... 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. In this month's NFPA INSIDER, on Thursday, August 27th at 2:00 pm (EDT), members will hear: Jim Pauley, President of NFPA, discusses this year's Fire Prevention Week initiatives and the importance of community involvement in educating the public. Dawn Bellis, Division Manager of Codes & Standards, provides an overview of council actions on standards that were presented at the recent NFPA technical meeting. NFPA Journal explores... Continue reading
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The August issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, we focus on our October Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Inside you’ll find: A link to the descriptions of the special presentations and keynote address Registration information Information about the exhibitors Descriptions of the nearly 50 education sessions ...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 add your e-mail address to... Continue reading
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The August issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, we focus on our October Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Inside you’ll find: A link to the descriptions of the special presentations and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The Fire Protection Research Foundation just announced the winners of the 2015 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards! Elyse Gottuk won the 2015 Ronald K. Mengel Award for outstanding detection paper for her report entitled “The Effect of Ceiling Fans on Smoke Alarm Performance.” Gottuk recently completed eighth grade at Burleigh Manor Middle School in Maryland. Her presentation, which centered around work she conducted for a science fair project, also won the Chesapeake Chapter of Systems Engineering Award for best project. Read more about her presentation of the paper at the 2015 SUPDET. The 2015 William M. Carey... Continue reading
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The August issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New campus fire-safety page Sparky video: All sketched out for Fire Prevention Week Local fire departments can take the Fire Prevention Week Challenge Firefighter fatalities in 2014 NFPA tools help with disaster preparedness 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 August issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New campus fire-safety page Sparky video: All sketched out for Fire Prevention Week Local fire departments can take the Fire Prevention Week Challenge Firefighter fatalities in 2014 NFPA tools... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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Sparky the Fire Dog’s new Cool-to-Do activity has been posted to sparky.org! It's August, and that means the summer is coming to a close. You've probably heard from your kids once or twice that they "are bored" after growing tired of all of their summer activities and games. We have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Safety Source
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As wildfires burn in California and across many communities in the U.S., Green Builder Media will host a free webinar presented by NFPA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT to help builders, remodelers, architects and consumers make better choices in design and materials that are environmentally sound,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As wildfires burn in California and across many communities in the U.S., Green Builder Media will host a free webinar presented by NFPA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT to help builders, remodelers, architects and consumers make better choices in design and materials that are environmentally sound, and safer from wildfire. The webinar, “Building Safer in Natural Areas – Firewise and Wildland Fire,” will be hosted by Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager, who will discuss concepts and techniques around siting, designing, building and maintaining homes and neighborhoods to resist ignition from wildland fire. She... Continue reading
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You all may remember this program we launched a few years ago, the Electric Vehicle Safety Training course, designed to provide emergency responders with the information needed to respond safely and effectively to emergencies involving hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and to emergencies involving vehicle charging stations. Well, we have now launched a new, updated program; Alternative Fuel Vehicles Training Program for U.S. Emergency Responders, which is now available online. This free, self-paced course teaches emergency responders how to safely deal with emergency situations involving alternative fuel passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and commercial fleet vehicles. This course provides response... Continue reading
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The American Nurses Association held their Membership Assembly this past week, during which nurse leaders took action on key issues centering on fostering an ethical environment, infection prevention and control, and advancing and public reporting of quality measures that capture nursing care. They also elected three members to the ANA Board of Directors and four to an ANA committee, and voted on bylaws focused on association governance. NFPA's Chairman of the Board, Ernest James Grant, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, from the North Carolina Nurses Association, was elected to the ANA Board of Directors as vice president. In other action, assembly... Continue reading
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The July 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 USAA’s discount on a homeowner’s insurance premium for its members who live in Firewise communities A recap of the 2014 Firewise Communities/USA program... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The July 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 USAA’s discount on a homeowner’s insurance premium for its members who live in Firewise communities A recap of the 2014 Firewise Communities/USA program and activities Information on how to protect your home from wildfire by focusing on the vents A collection of stories that highlight team pride and collaboration on Prep Day back in May ...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don’t... Continue reading
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Your kids will love this month's Cool to Do activity! It's finally summer and so Sparky has a fun and useful craft project this month that involves shells. Learn how to make magnets to hang your beautiful artwork - which could include your very own home fire escape plan. Have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Safety Source
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The July issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Clothes dryer safety and electrical safety tip sheets now in Spanish Fire Prevention Week printables for kids Infographic highlights smoke alarm placement Ten-minute lesson covers smoke alarms in less traditional sleeping areas Domino’s Fire Prevention Week sweepstakes Jeff Donahue joins Public Education Division 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 July issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Clothes dryer safety and electrical safety tip sheets now in Spanish Fire Prevention Week printables for kids Infographic highlights smoke alarm placement Ten-minute lesson covers smoke alarms in less... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Download, print and share these tip sheets to spread the word about fire safety. Two of our popular tip sheets have now been translated and are now available in Spanish. Doing laundry is most likely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Download, print and share these tip sheets to spread the word about fire safety. Two of our popular tip sheets have now been translated and are now available in Spanish. Doing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire. Download the new dryer safety tip sheet available in Spanish. In... Continue reading
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NFPA has now expanded to one more social media platform...Instagram! We will be sharing photos of the 'People of NFPA' through this new account. We have so many great staff members around the globe, thousands of volunteers who help us with our codes & standards process, and many amazing partner organizations. We want to share some of their stories, some of the fun events they all attend, some behind the scenes images from meetings, and even some day in the life of an NFPA employee photos with you. You can find us by searching on your Instagram mobile app for... Continue reading
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Project Paradigm, in partnership with the American Red Cross, runs The Paradigm Challenge; an annual competition developed to inspire youth to affect positive change in the world. Each month we see a new contest, with great prizes, that helps accomplish this goal. July’s contest, Summer Safety Poster Contest, has been kicked off and you are invited to participate! Summer is a time for fireworks, outdoor grilling, and air conditioning to keep cool. This month, use your creative talents to highlight the safe enjoyment of these summer activities with an original safety poster. CREATE. Draw or design an original Summer Safety... Continue reading
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The June 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: An update on NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond wildland fire conference in October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina An announcement of the second phase of the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign - ACT Information about using landscaping equipment (lawn mowers, chain saws, etc.) responsibly to reduce grass fires News that focuses on two insurance companies and their work to support wildfire safety ...and much more. We want to continue to share all of... Continue reading
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The June 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: An update on NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond wildland fire conference in October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina An announcement of the second phase of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Food trucks are gaining in popularity, and along with providing great and convenient food, a lot of equipment is kept in a very confined space which could potentially create fire risk. Compressed gasses, high voltage electricity, grills, hot fryer oil... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo