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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 6 hours ago 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 6 hours ago 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
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The October issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New Halloween tip sheet graphic Electrical safety during Homecoming Weekend Fire-safety fashion show for older adults -- video and Powerpoint Red Cross campaign focuses on smoke alarms Fire escapes: safety feature/safety hazard Fire-safey songs now for sale on iTunes 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
Glowing jack-o-lanterns, festive decorations, spooky costumes – Halloween offers so much fun, but it does come with hidden fire dangers that can be truly scary. Fortunately, by following some simple safety precautions from NFPA, you can ensure a day of safe fun for your family and trick-or-treaters. NFPA’s most recent... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
Glowing jack-o-lanterns, festive decorations, spooky costumes – Halloween offers so much fun, but it does come with hidden fire dangers that can be truly scary. Fortunately, by following some simple safety precautions from NFPA, you can ensure a day of safe fun for your family and trick-or-treaters. NFPA’s most recent statistics show that decorations were the first items to be ignited in 920 reported home structure fires on average each year. In addition, nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source. 41% of these incidents were started by candles; one-fifth... Continue reading
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The October issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; New Halloween tip sheet graphic Electrical safety during Homecoming Weekend Fire-safety fashion show for older adults -- video and Powerpoint Red Cross campaign focuses on smoke alarms Fire escapes:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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Sparky's Cool to Do this month is all about Halloween, and is a spooky craft for a spooky month! Your friends will scream with surprise when they pull the string! All you'll need is a few basic supplies, including a birthday hat, some Halloween goodies, tape and scissors. Check out... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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The October issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: A link to Kathleen Almand’s Journal column highlighting the research behind the three ways structures burn in the WUI Information about the October “Ask the Expert” webinar, which will focus on ways to improve access for wildfire personnel Additional resources for the 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event A link to Jim Pauley’s “First Word” column in Journal about the role NFPA is playing to address the wildfire problem in the U.S. … And lots more! We want to continue... Continue reading
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The October issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find: A link to Kathleen Almand’s Journal column highlighting the research behind the three ways structures burn in the WUI Information about the October “Ask the Expert” webinar, which will focus... 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 Matt Klaus, Principal Fire Protection Engineer with NFPA, and James Golinveaux, Sr. Fellow Water Fire Suppression with Tyco Fire & Building Products, as they discuss the latest on NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Discussion topics for the live event include; New storage protection schemes available in the 2013 and 2016 editions of NFPA 13 Current research projects related to storage fire protection How you can get involved in committee activity... Continue reading
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The American Red Cross Home Fire campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Along with installing smoke alarms, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to canvass neighborhoods and teach people all over the U.S. about fire safety. Red Cross teams started canvassing across the country to help install smoke alarms, check existing smoke alarms and sometimes help families create fire escape plans. Some communities developed creative ways to implement their fire campaign and interact with community members.... Continue reading
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The American Red Cross Home Fire campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Along with installing smoke alarms, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to canvass neighborhoods... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Safety Source
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FireRescue1 published a great piece yesterday that included thoughts from the public on what they thought some of the best results of Fire Prevention Week in the past have been. They asked their fans on Facebook to tell them the most profound impact that came from their Fire Prevention Week efforts. Some said it inspired them to become a firefighter, and others applauded kids for teaching their parents what they learned. Below are some of the most compelling responses they received. Be sure to add your own in the comment section below. "Witnessing first-hand a child leading his sister out... Continue reading
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FireRescue1 published a great piece yesterday that included thoughts from the public on what they thought some of the best results of Fire Prevention Week in the past have been. They asked their fans on Facebook to tell them the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Today's Responder
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NFPA is now offering an expanded, free online training for the fire service: Electric/Hybrid/Fuel Cell Safety Course for Trucks, Buses, and Commercial Fleet Vehicles. The new course provides response training for incidents involving these advanced electric drive vehicles and builds on NFPA’s electric vehicle (EV) training program that focuses on electric and hybrid passenger vehicles. Estimates point to more than 13 million electric/hybrid vehicles on the world's roadways within five years. To help emergency responders handle the unique challenges presented by this new technology across vehicle types, NFPA developed the new training as a second course following its passenger vehicle... Continue reading
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NFPA is now offering an expanded, free online training for the fire service: Electric/Hybrid/Fuel Cell Safety Course for Trucks, Buses, and Commercial Fleet Vehicles. The new course provides response training for incidents involving these advanced electric drive vehicles and builds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Today's Responder
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NFPA and The Home Depot are working together to promote the importance of working smoke alarms in support of Fire Prevention Week’s 2014 campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”. “Teaming up with NFPA to promote Fire Prevention Week helps reinforce important fire safety messages among the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Safety Source
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NFPA and The Home Depot are working together to promote the importance of working smoke alarms in support of Fire Prevention Week’s 2014 campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”. “Teaming up with NFPA to promote Fire Prevention Week helps reinforce important fire safety messages among the thousands of customers who enter our stores nationwide each day,” says Hila Roberts, merchant, fire safety, for The Home Depot. “Where smoke alarms play a key role in home fire safety, NFPA’s information and resources help educate the public about the extreme importance of smoke alarms in the home. Partnering... Continue reading
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NFPA's Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk Reduction plan, which helps identify a community risk profile and allocate resources to minimize risks. The standard, which was requested by the Vision 20/20 project, is expected to be done in the next two years. There is a growing interest in Community Risk Reduction in the U.S. For example, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) strategic planning platform now recognizes the need for the... Continue reading
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NFPA's Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk Reduction plan, which helps identify... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Today's Responder
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The Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel is seeking public input for a new, proposed standard, NFPA 1072 Standard on Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Professional Qualifications. For the past several months the Technical Committee on Hazardous... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Today's Responder
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Within the last few days the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released the Commodity Preparedness and incident Management Reference Sheet for Petroleum Crude Oil. A summary of the report is outlined below. The complete... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Today's Responder
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NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza for the 7th consecutive year, this Fire Prevention Week. During Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, participating markets in the U.S. will be reinforcing this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Safety Source
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NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza for the 7th consecutive year, this Fire Prevention Week. During Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, participating markets in the U.S. will be reinforcing this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”, on top of pizza boxes. Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. However, two-thirds of U.S. home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The fliers on pizza boxes will include statistics on smoke alarms, installation... Continue reading