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There is still time to register for the Foundation's 2016 SupDet symposium, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, San Antonio, TX from March 1-4, 2016.  This year's symposium will feature 30 presentations on suppression and detection and signaling research and applications. 

 

In addition, on the afternoon of March 2 there will be a free half-day workshop on "Big Data and Fire Protection Systems".  The goal of this workshop will be to identify and prioritize the opportunities for big data to inform decision making around inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection systems.  An agenda for the workshop is available on the SupDet website.

 

The suppression session, which will take place March 1-2, will feature a keynote on the "History of Fire" by Dick Gann from NIST, presentations on the latest research on warehouse sprinkler protection, research on the protection of lithium ion batteries, and more. 

 

The detection and signaling section will take place March 3-4 and includes research on residential smoke alarms, smart building applications, notification, smoke characteristics, and more.

 

Don't miss out - register today for the full symposium, or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection Program.  For additional details and the full program visit: www.nfpa.org/supdet2016.

On June 1st 2016 chemical users will need to have the Globally Harmonized System of labeling chemicals in place.  As a vendor of these chemical labels I see many companies still purchasing the old chemical labels that do not meet the new OSHA/GHS requirements.  As a company we have began to inform our clients that these older labels have a fast approaching expiration date and that they should be purchasing the new GHS friendly labels that we released almost three years ago.  Our analysts stated that it is not a surprise that people seem to be waiting until the last minute to switch to the GHS labels as people tend to purchase these type of items at the last minute.  It seems risky that people would wait until the last minute to procure these essential items that could potentially save lives in the event of an emergency.  Of OSHA's top 10 citations for 2015, hazard communication was number 2!  Something as simple as placing a sign or label in an appropriate place is costing companies money and even worse placing their workforce in danger!  Receiving this OSHA citation is completely preventable and yet it is the number 2 most popular.  Now is the time to get in compliance and get your OSHA/GHS Hazcom labels in place.  June 1st will be here before you know it!

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A Fire Department Connection (FDC) is “a connection through which the fire department can pump supplemental water into the sprinkler system, standpipe, or other system, furnishing water for fire extinguishment to supplement existing water supplies.”  FDCs are required on all standpipe systems per NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, and sprinkler systems per NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

In 2007, the Technical Committee for NFPA 14 added the requirement for one 2 ½ inch inlet per every 250 gallons per minute (gpm), but this requirement lacks supporting test data. The Research Foundation undertook a project that involved flow testing to determine the amount of water that is possible to flow into an FDC inlet. A final report for the project, "Fire Department Connection (FDC) Inlet Flow Assessment" is now available
on the Foundation webpage.

Registration is open for the Foundation's 2016 SupDet symposium, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, San Antonio, TX from March 1-4, 2016.  This year's symposium will feature 30 presentations on suppression and detection and signaling research and applications. 

The suppression session, which will take place March 1-2, will feature a keynote on the "History of Fire" by Dick Gann from NIST, presentations on the latest research on warehouse sprinkler protection, research on the protection of lithium ion batteries, and more. 

The detection and signaling section will take place March 3-4 and includes research on residential smoke alarms, smart building applications, notification, smoke characteristics, and more. 

Between the two sessions on the afternoon of March 2 will be a free half-day workshop on "Big Data and Fire Protection Systems" that is open to all SupDet attendees! 

Don't miss out - register today for the full symposium, or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection Program.  For additional details and the full program visit: www.nfpa.org/supdet2016.

Annual International & Persons with Disabilities Conference

 

NFPA will have a booth and be presenting an education session on preparing people with disabilities for emergency evacuations at the 2016 CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference will be held in San Diego, CA from March 21 to March 26, 2016 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. This will be NFPA’s 8th year at this annual conference.

 

For  over 30 years, the Center on Disabilities, through the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. In 2015, the conference drew more than 4,800 people to San Diego. Known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world.

Recently we had lost power in the hospitals power plant while on back up power there was noticed that all the pt rooms in the hospital where off and non operational. I am looking for the section in the life safety code where it is required to have at least one light on in pt rooms to prevent falling and confusion of pt. any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Power out at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital | NJ.com

Come talk to us at the NFPA booth # 437 to learn about our exciting new Certification Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) certification program.  We are please to announce the CESW certification program, created to encourage electrical safety within the industry for electricians, electrical contractors, and anyone who works in an energized environment.

 

 

We've begun our planning for the 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Canada which will be held on May 7, 2016!

 

In partnership with Partners in Protection/FireSmart Canada, the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and the Cooperators Insurance Group the NFPA is once again this year promoting this day as the continent wide day to recognize Wildfire Preparedness in all communities across Canada and the US... especially those that have significant risk due to location or proximity to the Wildland Urban Interface.

 

Stay tuned for more information and how you, your community and area of jurisdiction can get involved and join in.

Aging in place, durable medical equipment, senior housing, home health care and paramedicine-what do these have in common?  They will be among the topics of discussion at the upcoming Summit on Safe, Independent Living: Home Health Care, Aging Populations, and the Residential Environment.  This summit will engage a range of stakeholders on the steps needed to manage the range of home health care challenges that will only increase in magnitude in the next decade.  Independent living is a goal that we all strive for.  Staying in one place-at home- is preferred regardless if recovering from an injury or illness or as we get older. Established options like home health care make that choice easier.  A relatively new concept, paramedicine bridges the gap somewhere between traditional home health care and emergency transport to the hospital. What does this mean for codes, standards, first responders and the public at large?  Join us in Orlando to help find the answers to these-and other-questions. The summit is free of charge.  Click on the link below to learn more and to register to attend.

 

Safe, Independent Living 

As the 2015 NECA trade show comes to a close we would like to congratulate Chad Layland for his high score of 27.  Test your NEC I.Q. at necchallenge.org.

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The First Draft of NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, 2017 edition, is open for public comment until November 16, 2015. Comments can be submitted through the NFPA website (www.nfpa.org/10next).

For this draft, the technical committee passed 64 revisions, including updated references and clarifications of existing requirements. The following revisions incorporate technical changes to the standard:

 

Section 4.2, FIRST REVISION NO. 8

The standard will recognize the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) for extinguishers sold and installed outside the United States. Previous editions referenced the Workplace Hazardous Materials Identification System (WHMIS) Reference Manual.

Committee’s Substantiation: Canada is replacing WHMIS with the UN's Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

 

Section 4.4, FIRST REVISION NO. 71

All extinguishers manufactured prior to 1955 will be considered obsolete and be removed from service. Prior editions limited this to stored pressure extinguishers only.

Committee’s Substantiation: Extinguishers manufactured prior to 1955 are obsolete, were tested to an outdated standard, rated with an outdated rating system, are 60 years old or older, and do not have current manuals or OEM parts available. These extinguishers should be removed from service.

 

Section 4.4.1, FIRST REVISION NO. 19

All dry chemical stored-pressure extinguishers with an indicated manufacturing date of 1984 or prior will be removed from service immediately. The previous edition allowed them to be removed at the next six-year maintenance or hydrostatic test.

Committee’s Substantiation: All hydrotest dates have passed for stored pressure extinguishers manufactured prior to October, 1984, thus there is no reason to maintain this language.

 

Section 5.5.7, FIRST REVISION NO. 22

Guidance on selection of portable extinguishers for areas containing oxidizers has been expanded.

Committee’s Substantiation: The proposed change brings NFPA 10 in line with the 2013 edition of NFPA 400 Hazardous Materials Code. There are oxidizers that are incompatible with the application of water. Because the specific type of oxidizer, state of the material, and the quantity present can affect various extinguishment recommendations, referencing the material’s SDS is advisable.

 

Section 6.1.3.3.1, FIRST REVISION NO. 25

Section 6.1.3.3.2, FIRST REVISION NO. 26

Section 6.1.3.3.3, FIRST REVISION NO. 27

The requirements for visibility of extinguishers and the means of indicating the location of a hidden extinguisher have been clarified and revised.

Committee’s Substantiation: As a minimum, signs or other means need to be provided to indicate the extinguisher location. Fire extinguisher signs are the preferred method for identifying extinguisher locations.

 

Section 6.1.3.4, FIRST REVISION NO. 28

The means of hanging, mounting, and/or securing an extinguisher will be required to be listed or approved. Brackets will be required to have releasing straps or bands. Field-fabricated hangers and brackets will not be permitted.

Committee’s Substantiation: Text was added to help correct problems identified in the field for inappropriate installations.
Too often building occupants/owners believe an extinguisher can be placed in a general use cabinet along with other business storage. The revised text clarifies that the cabinet must be of an approved type.
The annex was revised to remove the specific construction description of a portable extinguisher stand.

 

Section 6.1.3.10.6 (new), FIRST REVISION NO. 31

Only surface mounted cabinets or fire-rated cabinets shall be installed in 1-hour and 2-hour fire-resistance-rated walls.

Committee’s Substantiation: Only surface mounted cabinets or fire-rated cabinets which are specially constructed with gypsum board installed on the sides, top, bottom, and back and are intended to be installed in 1-hour and 2-hour fire-resistance-rated walls. Cabinets that are not fire-rated should not be installed in these walls as they would make the entire fire-rated wall non-compliant.

Do any joint seal compounds (other than Teflon tape) meet NFPA 13 requirements to be UL listed? Fiber hemp with jointing compound (Plumbers Hemp)? Other?

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Do you want to make a difference? We have an ideal opportunity for a fire alarm code specialist who will independently manage technical projects of a complex nature. The technical projects will relate to the NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code area of expertise, including technical committee, product development, and association activities.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in fire protection engineering, electrical, mechanical, civil or chemical engineering; and/or the equivalent as well as 7 to 10 years experience in the fire alarm industry.

Take a look at the complete list of job responsibilities for more information. If you think you would be a good fit and are interested in joining the team here at NFPA, submit your resume online!