We have come a long way since day 1 of the booth set up but we are not quite there yet. With a little more blood, sweat and tears we will be ready for the grand opening of the expo on Monday, June 22 at 4:00PM.
Don't forget to swing by booth #471 to collect your NFPA Xchange flashlight!
Are you staying at one of NFPA's official conference hotels for this week's Conference & Expo in Chicago? If so, avoid expensive taxis and stand-still traffic by jumping on a free shuttle bus. Here's the schedule (look for details in your hotel lobby):
Sunday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm, every 30 minutes
Monday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am - 2:30 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:30 – 8:30 pm, every 15 minutes
Tuesday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am - 2:30 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:30 – 8:30 pm, every 15 minutes
Wednesday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am - 2:00 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:00 – 6:00 pm, every 15 minutes; 6:00 - 7:00 pm, every 30 minutes
Ever have the urge to share your expertise with those attending the annual NFPA Conference and Expo? At the IFPS Business Meeting, Tuesday, June 23, at 12:30 - 2:00 pm, the IFPS Board members will be highlighting the Call for Presentations for next year's C&E, June 13 - 16, 2016 in Las Vegas. The IFPS works with NFPA to sponsor proposed sessions each year during the submittal process. So, if you are an IFPS member attending C&E this year in Chicago and wonder what it takes to propose a session, come to the Business meeting in Room N227b on Tuesday or stop by the IFPS booth at the Expo, number 380, and speak with the Board members and Section members who will be looking for next year's hot topics as education sessions. . The deadline for proposed presentations is September 14, 2015. The form for submitting a proposed session will be available on the NFPA web site following this year's C&E.
One of the Frequently Asked Questions of the NFPA 13 advisory service staff is regarding miscellaneous storage. If you look at the definition, you will see there are several limitations on what can be considered 'miscellaneous storage': maximum storage heights and pile sizes, minimum separation distances between piles, and total area limitations within a single system. At first glance the use of Chapter 13, Miscellaneous Storage, appears to be limited to only those scenarios meeting this definition.
It's not. There are actually several other storage arrangements that can be protected with the criteria in the Miscellaneous Storage chapter. Chapters 14 and 16 (addressing sprinkler protection criteria for Class I-IV Commodities) both state the protection criteria of Chapter 13 should be applied to storage up to 12 feet when Control Mode Density/Area sprinklers are used. Similarly Chapters 15 and 17 (addressing storage of Group A Plastic Commodities) direct the user to Chapter 13 for storage of plastics up to 5 feet in height. Even if these storage configurations do not meet the definition of miscellaneous storage, the protection criteria of Chapter 13 can still be applied.
Warmer weather means more grilling. To help keep you safe, NFPA has a tip sheet on grill fire safety which also includes some grilling fire statistics. Oh, and don't forget to check out the video. I hear it's great! NFPA - Tips for safe grilling