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Lauren Backstrom
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We have an important update for our readers this morning! For years, our various blogs (including NFPA Today, Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Safety Source, Fire Break, and Conference & Expo) have been hosted on Typepad, a third-party blogging platform. And while... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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We have an important update for our readers this morning! For years, our various blogs (including NFPA Today, Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Safety Source, Fire Break, and Conference & Expo) have been hosted on Typepad, a third-party blogging platform. And while Typepad is a great blogging platform that has served the need well, we're making a big move! Starting today, May 5th, all of our blogs will be hosted on NFPA Xchange, the online community we launched last June. Xchange provides all of you with user-generated articles, discussions, and forums, along with all of the staff-generated blog posts and updates you... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
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We have an important update for our readers this morning! For years, our various blogs (including NFPA Today, Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Safety Source, Fire Break, and Conference & Expo) have been hosted on Typepad, a third-party blogging platform. And while Typepad is a great blogging platform that has served the... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Safety Source
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We have an important update for our readers this morning! For years, our various blogs (including NFPA Today, Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Safety Source, Fire Break, and Conference & Expo) have been hosted on Typepad, a third-party blogging platform. And while Typepad is a great blogging platform that has served the... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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We have an important update for our readers this morning! For years, our various blogs (including NFPA Today, Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Safety Source, Fire Break, and Conference & Expo) have been hosted on Typepad, a third-party blogging platform. And while Typepad is a great blogging platform that has served the need well, we're making a big move! Starting today, May 5th, all of our blogs will be hosted on NFPA Xchange, the online community we launched last June. Xchange provides all of you with user-generated articles, discussions, and forums, along with all of the staff-generated blog posts and updates you... Continue reading
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NFPA 86, Standard for Ovens and Furnaces, provides standardized methods to minimize fire and explosion hazards of ovens and furnaces used for commercial and industrial processing of materials. Within NFPA 86 are requirements for proper explosion ventilation methods that should be applied to new ovens and furnaces. In order to thoroughly review the NFPA 86 explosion ventilation requirements for the next revision cycle, the Technical Committee on Ovens and Furnaces sought information on real world incidents where NFPA 86 ventilation requirements would be involved. The purpose of this project, which is documented in this report, was to gather information regarding... Continue reading
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Thank you Intertek for participating in the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit Gold sponsor, Intertek in booth #438 June 13-15 to learn more about their products and services. Intertek is North... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Thank you Victaulic for participating in the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit Platinum sponsor, Victaulic in booth #1311 June 13-15 to learn more about their products and services. As the world's... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Thank you Uplink for participating in the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo sponsorship program! We appreciate your continued support. Please visit Silver sponsor, Uplink in booth #1262 June 13-15 to learn more about their products and services. Uplink delivers the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Singer/songwriter Megan Rüger has won our third annual NFPA Conference & Expo National Anthem singer contest! Rüger, a 2014 contestant on the sixth season of NBC’s vocal competition show The Voice, submitted her audition video earlier this year, and was then selected as one of three finalists by a panel of NFPA judges. We opened the contest up to public voting at that point, where Megan garnered the majority of the 18,000 votes cast. She is a country/pop rock artist originally from Twin Lakes, Wis., who has since moved to Nashville and is currently working on her first full-length album.... Continue reading
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Singer/songwriter Megan Rüger has won our third annual NFPA Conference & Expo National Anthem singer contest! Rüger, a 2014 contestant on the sixth season of NBC’s vocal competition show The Voice, submitted her audition video earlier this year, and was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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It's Earth Day, and Sparky loves to celebrate with fun activities that help the environment. His Cool-to-Do activity this month, 'Earth Smarts,' had some help from our friends on the Firewise team here at NFPA. The Firewise team helps teach people how to be safe from wildfires, and so they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Safety Source
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The April issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New tip sheet on security bars Campaign prompts putting safety first when looking for off-campus housing Upcoming Remembering When Conference Sparky goes green for Earth Day Augusta’s great fire of 1916 Report: U.S. trends and patterns of fire losses 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 April issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New tip sheet on security bars Campaign prompts putting safety first when looking for off-campus housing Upcoming Remembering When Conference Sparky goes green for Earth Day Augusta’s great fire... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Safety Source
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The April 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 2016 wildfire season and the challenges residents are facing so early in the year Four great ways to keep your yard green, healthy and Firewise this spring season Information about FEMA’s America’s PrepareAthon! and tips, tools and resources to help you and your neighbors prepare for natural disasters (including wildfire!) A look at the work South Africa is doing to reduce its wildfire risk through community-based programs ...and much more. We want... Continue reading
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The April 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 2016 wildfire season and the challenges residents are facing so early in the year Four great ways to keep your yard green,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In March, in San Antonio, Texas, the Fire Protection Research Foundation held a workshop to address “Big Data and Fire Protection Systems.” The goal of this workshop was to identify and prioritize the opportunities for big data to inform decision making for ITM (Inspection, Testing and Maintenance) used for built-in fire protection systems. The on‐going reliability of built‐in fire protection systems is related to inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) of these systems. This is addressed by multiple NFPA codes and standards, including NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection,... Continue reading
We announced about a month ago and have since been accepting submissions for our National Anthem Singing Contest. We hope to find a singer of the National Anthem to perform at this year’s General Session of the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas on Monday, June 13, 2016. We have taken a look at all entries, and a panel of judges have selected 3 finalists. It's now YOUR TURN to participate. We want you to vote for your favorite entry once per day now through April 24th. The contest winner will receive a roundtrip flight to Las Vegas, one-night... Continue reading
We announced about a month ago and have since been accepting submissions for our National Anthem Singing Contest. We hope to find a singer of the National Anthem to perform at this year’s General Session of the NFPA Conference &... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at NFPA Conference & Expo
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Have you ever heard a preparedness myth like, “In an emergency, only first responders need to know what to do” or during an earthquake, “Stand in the doorway to protect yourself”? America’s PrepareAthon! will host a Twitter chat, using its Twitter handle – @PrepareAthon, on Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Have you ever heard a preparedness myth like, “In an emergency, only first responders need to know what to do” or during an earthquake, “Stand in the doorway to protect yourself”? America’s PrepareAthon! will host a Twitter chat, using its Twitter handle – @PrepareAthon, on Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Emergency professionals across the country, including NFPA and Firewise, will discuss common preparedness myths and provide facts on preparing for and staying safe during emergencies. To follow the Twitter chat use #SafetyFacts. Continue reading
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The March issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Sparky’s 65th Birthday! Hoarding and Fire: Reducing the Risk safety tip sheet A Compelling Case for Home Fire Sprinklers mini lesson The dangers of sky lanterns And more! 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 March issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; Sparky’s 65th Birthday! Hoarding and Fire: Reducing the Risk safety tip sheet A Compelling Case for Home Fire Sprinklers mini lesson The dangers of sky lanterns And more! Don't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Safety Source
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The March 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 link to the latest Wildfire Watch column that highlights climate change and its effect on wildfire and homes in the WUI A look back at the successes of the Firewise program in 2015 Information about the newest wildfire track at this year’s Conference & Expo A recap of our visit to South Africa … ...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 March 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 link to the latest Wildfire Watch column that highlights climate change and its effect on wildfire and homes in the WUI A look back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog