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FPHCD08 Fifty education sessions in four tracks, speakers who work directly with NFPA codes, dynamic luncheon speakers, compelling post-conference seminars, and a few days in sunny Orlando. What more could you ask for, right? Well, we're sweetening the pot a little bit more.

Register today and you'll receive a free copy of NFPA's 20th edition Fire Protection Handbook® on CD - a $245 value! All registered attendees for this event will be able to pick up their CD at the conference registration desk at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Conference sessions at our Fire & Life Safety Conference will be taught by NFPA staff and technical committee members who work directly with the codes. With four comprehensive tracks -- Building & Life Safety, Codes & Standards, Fire Suppression, and Detection & Alarm -- you can increase your understanding of the latest codes that relate to you. You'll also get unique and in-depth perspectives from our dynamic keynote luncheon speakers on emerging industry topics.

We're also offering a 2-day post-conference seminar (Dec. 16-17) focused on sprinkler hydraulics, and a 1-day seminar (Dec. 16) on fire protection concepts and analysis for property loss prevention.

So what's the Fire Protection Handbook all about? Pop this CD into your computer and you'll gain instant access to authoritative data on every aspect of fire protection: 3,500 pages of vital information written by 254 leading experts. It's all here: tables, graphs, illustrations, the latest research and proven strategies, plus 25 first-time chapters on timely topics such as premises security, protecting against extreme events, flammability hazard of materials, and strategies for occupant evacuation during emergencies.

So don't delay - register for the Orlando conference today and you'll soon have the power of NFPA's Fire Protection Handbook in your corner.

- Mike Hazell

Over the past year and a half, the Fire Protection Research Foundation has conducted four research projects designed to provide data to support the installation of sprinklers in new single-family homes. The projects are varied and funded by different groups, but they share the Foundation’s research process, including a strong tie to users. These projects, together with studies conducted by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and others, provide a solid foundation for the continued and widespread installation of home fire sprinklers. The projects focus on:

  • home fire sprinkler incentives
  • spacing requirements for sprinklers on sloped ceilings
  • residential water meters and home fire sprinklers
  • antifreeze in home fire sprinkler systems

Read Kathleen Almand's latest column in NFPA Journal for more information and a link to each of these reports.

NFPA's Chris Dubay In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, Chris Dubay, NFPA's Vice President of Codes and Standards and Chief Engineer, talks about the process that led to the Association prohibiting the residential use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems.

"When reviewing the issues surrounding antifreeze solutions and automatic fire sprinkler systems, two points should be made immediately," said Chris. "First, 80 percent of fire fatalities occur in the home, and when home fire sprinklers are present, the risk of dying in a home fire decreases by 80 percent. NFPA strongly supports and urges the expanded use of residential fire sprinkler systems as the most effective way to prevent fire injuries and deaths in the home and other residential occupancies. Second, where existing fire sprinkler systems utilize antifreeze solutions, in no case should these systems be disconnected."

Read the entire article and listen to audio clips from Journals' interview with Chris.

- Mike Hazell

Common Voices, an advocates’ coalition determined to create a Fire Safe America, released a series of six new Public Service Announcements (PSA) that tell the stories of women who have lost family members in fires and explain the need for fire sprinklers in homes. Each PSA has a personal message from Common Voices advocates. Here are a few of their stories.

Bonnie Woodruff tells the story of her son bringing home a turtle when he was a child. She tells viewers that the turtle is still alive while her son is not. He died in a fraternity house fire on Mother’s Day. She describes it as a senseless death that could have been prevented with fire sprinklers. Woodruff highlights her current efforts as an advocate challenging those who work to defeat code requirements that include fire sprinklers.

 

Justina Page, who lost her son in a house fire and who is a burn survivor shows her emotion as she gazes out a window, watching neighborhood children playing and discussing how she will never again be able to see her son play outside. Her direct plea to the viewer to install fire sprinklers and her genuine account of “if I had only known…” makes the issue and solution obvious and simple.

 

Amy Acton, executive director of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, reminds viewers that fire does not discriminate.  “It happens to the rich, it happens to the poor, it could happen to you,” she says. Acton who is also a burn survivor, notes that many times we focus only on those who die, forgetting the impact to society and to the survivors themselves. Burn injuries occur every 57 minutes, and are a significant part of our nation’s fire problem.

The complete media kit, which is free thanks to the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Act fire prevention grant, is available by visiting www.fireadvocates.org

Lorraine Carli

NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative held a live side by side burn demonstration in Weymouth, Massachusetts last week as part of the launch of its new campaign -- Faces of Fire. Funded with a grant from FEMA, Faces of Fire is another tool for advocates working to get sprinkler requirements in every state in the country. It features the stories of individuals impacted by fire -- some are fire victims, members of the fire service who have responded to home fires and those whose homes and lives have been saved by sprinklers. The live demonstration is one of the best education tools available to allow people to see firsthand both the devastating and fast moving effect of fire as well as the quick, life-saving response of sprinklers.

Lorraine Carli

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