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kristinbigda
Click to view contentA few week's ago I wrote about NFPA 1's requirement to provide automatic sprinkler protection for new buildings housing emergency fire, rescue, or ambulance services.  In addition to that requirement, there are many other instances in the Code where sprinkler protection is mandated.     Section 13.3.2 of NFPA 1, Fire Code, addresses those… (Show more)
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ccoache
Click to view contentAs you know, NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® does not determine what normal operation of your equipment entails. NFPA 70E details the normal operating conditions necessary before someone can safely operate that equipment. So, in that regard, which of these do you consider to be normal operation of the equipment?… (Show more)
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smahoney
What is Integrated System Testing for Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems? Why is it so critical now? In my recent NFPA Live I identified various codes and standards that now require integrated system testing and review the types of buildings that are affected by these requirements. I received this follow-up question from a member. I hope you… (Show more)
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debbiebaio
The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems; NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code; and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®; are being published for public review and comment: NFPA 13, proposed TIA No. 1416,… (Show more)
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averzoni
Click to view contentSunday is St. Patrick's Day, and on that day in New York City 120 years ago, tragedy struck at the Windsor Hotel. After one careless guest attempted to flick a still-flaming match out of a window, a massive blaze engulfed the luxury hotel, killing 45 people. I wrote about the fire for the "Looking Back" article in the March/April issue of NFPA… (Show more)
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jrodowicz
Click to view contentOn March 21, 1929 an explosion and fire occurred at the Kinloch Mine in Parnassus, PA. The origin of this explosion was underground and forty-six lives were lost when the incident occurred. At the time of the explosion, there were two hundred and fifty-eight men underground. Fortunately, the explosion was limited due to partial rock dusting and… (Show more)
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gharrington
Click to view contentImage: Wikimedia Commons Over the 20+ years I’ve been working with  NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, the concept of multiple-occupancy buildings hasn’t been all that controversial. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s been relatively straightforward—until recently. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve seen a spate of questions relating to buildings with… (Show more)
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vhutchison
Click to view contentThe Foundation has previously completed work on the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers in storage occupancies. Similar research is needed related to spray sprinklers and obstructions.  There is a need to assess the current rules related to spray sprinklers, including the beam rule, four-foot rule, group obstructions, etc., along with the… (Show more)
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gharrington
Click to view content“Escape rooms” seem to be popping up everywhere. For a fee, you’re locked in a room with a group of friends. The goal is to escape from the room by searching for clues and solving a series of intellectual challenges within a given time-frame. Businesses use them as a fun team-building activity. Others go just to test their wits and see if they can… (Show more)
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amandakimball
Click to view contentThe Call for Papers deadline is quickly approaching for SUPDET® 2019, which will be held September 17-20, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Denver City Center in Denver, CO! Since 1997, the Research Foundation has organized SUPDET (Suppression, Detection, and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium), an annual symposium that brings together leading… (Show more)
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