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Attention secret safety agents: Crack Sparky’s secret message in this month's Crack the Code activity. Use your decoder ring or the key on the Crack the Code sheet. You can also make your own decoder! This month you will be finding out the answer to why frogs like St. Patrick's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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We all know the importance of fire prevention; it's something fire safety educators and fire officials think about daily. But what about today's youth? What are their thoughts on fire safety? Are we doing enough to raise awareness of the dangers, and have we provided them with enough tools and resources to get involved and share information with their friends? With these questions in mind, The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) has announced, "Campus Fire Safety for Students," a collaborative campaign that actively works to raise fire and life safety awareness among college students nationwide. The initiative is... Continue reading
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It has been reported recently that in laboratory conditions carbon monoxide (CO) diffuses through gypsum board at a surprisingly high rate (Hampson, et al., 2013). Because CO is poisonous and a by-product of systems typically present in residential housing, like boilers, generators, furnaces and automobile engines, this finding could have a significant impact on the life safety standards published by NFPA. This report is the result of a literature review project on CO diffusion through walls. This project report includes detailed analysis of the data from the recent experiments with a mass transfer model and confirms the validity of the... Continue reading
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The February 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 Prep Day and the community funding awards An invitation to the Prep Day webinar on March 12 The latest information on our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The February 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 Prep Day and the community funding awards An invitation to the Prep Day webinar on March 12 The latest information on our redesigned “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” course A link to the winter Firewise “How To” newsletter ...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... Continue reading
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We wanted to share some news with you today, to make sure you are able to stay up to date on all of your research news from NFPA and Fire Protection Research Foundation. The blog you are reading now will be shut down in the next few weeks, and moved... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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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 Bob Benedetti, Principal Engineer at NFPA, as he discusses NFPA 30: Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code. His presentation will include: Revisions based on the U. S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board recommendations. Improvements to the fire protection design criteria for warehouse storage of containers. Amendments relating to the use of weak roof-to-shell seam design for factory-built vertical. storage tanks And More! Register today! Have questions? Get the answers during this live event on... Continue reading
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The February issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; The launch of Learn Not to Burn Kindergarten Downton Abbey episode includes cautionary tale on fire safety Jim Pauley takes a look at the year past and priorities for the year ahead Tip sheet on portable generators Sparky makes a Love Mug for Valentine's Day Educator of the Year deadline February 20 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,... Continue reading
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The February issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; The launch of Learn Not to Burn Kindergarten Downton Abbey episode includes cautionary tale on fire safety Jim Pauley takes a look at the year past and priorities for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Safety Source
Last year's NEC Challenge champion, Derek 'The Code Crusher' Vigstol, chatted with NFPA's Dan Whiting about Friday's upcoming battle. While holding his 2014 victory Championship Belt, Derek says that the final round is all about the buzzer, and hopes this year's finalists have what to it takes to handle the pressure. As you can tell from the video above, The Code Crusher doubts any of this year's finalists can beat his scores from last year, but we wish good luck to Steve, Paul and Jim anyway. Tune in to www.necconnect.org and register to view the crowning of our next NEC... Continue reading
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NFPA is hiring! We have an open position within our Public Fire Protection division, for a grant writer. The person hired will work out of the Quincy, MA headquarters. Principal responsibilities include: Coordinates and oversees training projects and product development (Requests for Proposals, project schedules, resource allocations, SME curricula, public relations campaign). Identifies, prioritizes, writes and submits grant proposals to apply for government, private, or other related funding opportunities. Responsible for the quality and timely coordination of outreach initiatives, meetings, delivery and dissemination of all training materials and products. Oversees communications activities with outside SMEs, OEMs, vendors and agencies related... Continue reading
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Our third finalist in the 2015 NEC Challenge Competition is Jim Walker, our NFPA C&E winner from Sonoma County, Calif. During his time at C&E in Las Vegas this past June, he took a gamble and took on the NEC Challenge at our first stop of 2014, making his way to the top of the leaderboard. He proved that it wasn’t just luck that got him there, however, as he earned a spot in the Championship in the play-in round in December. After spending almost 29 years in the industry, keeping up with the ever-changing code has built Jim’s career... Continue reading
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We are just 3 days from crowning the next NEC Challenge Champion, and it’s time to meet our next finalist, Paul Holum from Elk River, Minn. Paul, who spends most of his time promoting the importance of the NEC as an electrical instructor, earned his spot at the highly competitive NJATC NTI show back in July, beating out dozens of professionals who make their living from knowing and enforcing the code. In fact, Paul came to NTI with redemption on his mind, only just missing out on a championship spot when he played the NEC Challenge there in 2013. Paul... Continue reading
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First, meet Steve Carter, our NECChallenge.org winner from Phoenix, Ariz., a self-proclaimed code lover. Steve used his love and knowledge of the NEC to climb to the top of the NECchallenge.org online leaderboard, where he held the highest score throughout 2014. After spending 21 years in the electrical field, he is putting his expertise to the test for a chance to win $5,000! Carter is currently an Electrical Inspector for the City of Phoenix, responsible for verifying and ensuring compliance of electrical installations with the most current adopted electrical standards. He agrees that his life and career depend on his... Continue reading
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Yesterday, we posted to Facebook asking people to remember to shovel out their hydrants to help the fire service in case of emergency, and many of you sent in photos of your cleared hydrants. This timely story came up in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Today's Responder
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Yesterday, we posted to Facebook asking people to remember to shovel out their hydrants to help the fire service in case of emergency, and many of you sent in photos of your cleared hydrants. This timely story came up in our news feed and perfectly demonstrates the benefit of shoveling (so thanks to everyone who has!). Members of the Salem, NH fire department are digging out the town’s hydrants, but it could take several weeks to finish them all. A snow-covered hydrant costs firefighters precious minutes during an emergency. When they pulled up to a home fire Wednesday night, a... Continue reading
NFPA President Jim Pauley promises some exciting changes to this year's Conference & Expo in Chicago. Watch the video above to hear his invitation for you to join us at this year's event from June 22-25 at McCormick Place. Early bird registration is now open through May 8th! Also, be sure to spread the news about the Conference, and your attendance, by using this year's hashtag - #NFPAConf. Continue reading
NFPA President Jim Pauley promises some exciting changes to this year's Conference & Expo in Chicago. Watch the video above to hear his invitation for you to join us at this year's event from June 22-25 at McCormick Place. Early... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Calling all fire departments! The NFPA, as we do every year, has mailed out a paper version of our Fire Experience survey to each of you. We are encouraging your response to this survey as soon as you are able since the fire experience survey is critical for many reasons.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Calling all fire departments! The NFPA, as we do every year, has mailed out a paper version of our Fire Experience survey to each of you. We are encouraging your response to this survey as soon as you are able since the fire experience survey is critical for many reasons. This survey directly contributes to the following NFPA reports: Fire Loss in the United States U.S. Fire Department Profile U.S. Firefighter Injuries An Analysis of Volunteer Firefighter injuries In addition, the survey results enable the NFPA, USFA and CPSC to develop national estimates for fire causes based on the annual... Continue reading
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Calling all fire departments! The NFPA, as we do every year, has mailed out a paper version of our Fire Experience survey to each of you. We are encouraging your response to this survey as soon as you are able... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Today's Responder
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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 the use of geospatial technology and how it can help with planning for, mitigation of and response to wildfires A quiz that tests your wildfire safety knowledge Information about IAFC’s WUI 2015 conference in Reno A head start on the numbers for Firewise for 2014 A link to the WFOD’s updated photo library ...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you so don’t miss an... 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 the use of geospatial technology and how it can help with planning for, mitigation of and response to wildfires A quiz that tests... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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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; New Dan Doofus video about smoke alarms Updated EMAC messages Sparky.org activity helps reinforce "stay away from hot things" message Infographic highlights winter fire safety A new contest rewards the ingenuity of youth to create fire-safety messages. 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 January issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New Dan Doofus video about smoke alarms Updated EMAC messages Sparky.org activity helps reinforce "stay away from hot things" message Infographic highlights winter fire safety A new contest rewards... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Safety Source