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Christopher Coache
Since this blog is dedicated to NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, readers should be aware that it is time to submit a public input to improve electrical safety for all employees. The public input process is now open for the 2021 edition of the standard. As an industry we must be doing something right. There were over 580… (Show more)
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Cathy Longley
Download and share this new fact sheet   Hostile events are our sad, new reality. Active shootings and mass killings fill our news feeds on a regular basis.   According to the FBI, the U.S. witnessed 160 hostile events that killed 486 and wounded 557 (not including suspect injuries or deaths) from 2000-2013. These tragic incidents robbed families… (Show more)
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James Pauley
  Our hearts are heavy as details emerge from Parkland, Florida about yet another active shooting incident in our country. While the refrain, “when will it end?” has been uttered by politicians, pundits, and the public since a 19-old pulled the fire alarm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida school and killed 17 members of an… (Show more)
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Jesse Roman
In mid-February, about 50 people across a spectrum of industries met in Denver to discuss some of the potentially fraught aspects of the surging world of energy storage systems (ESS) for first responders, authorities having jurisdictions (AHJs) and others. How should fire departments handle an ESS on fire? What gaps in training exist? What… (Show more)
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Sreenivasan Ranganathan
In the event of a fire, a sloped ceiling may alter sprinkler performance from expected results for a conventional horizontal ceiling configuration. This webinar will address the storage protection under sloped ceilings. A detailed computational study using the CFD code FireFOAM has been performed to understand ceiling configuration effects… (Show more)
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Gregory Harrington
Spire London – Image via Greenland Group When I look at my new copy of the 2018 edition of the Life Safety Code, there's a sense of accomplishment for the fire protection and life safety community in advancing the safety of building occupants from the effects of fire. Indeed, fire deaths are unusual in buildings in which the code’s requirements… (Show more)
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Kristin Bigda
Since February is half over I can now say we are closer to March, which means we are closer to spring, which means warmer weather. But, who’s counting?  But, until then, the inevitable cold winter weather means a more frequent use of portable electric heaters (space heaters) and other heating appliances to get us through. While it may seem like a… (Show more)
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Joy Rodowicz
Ninety years ago, 14 men lost their lives and 11 people were injured when a large fire and explosion occurred at an oil refinery located in Everett, Massachusetts.     From the NFPA Quarterly, v.21, no.4, 1928   At 3:03 P.M. on February 10, 1928, a vaporizer exploded, showering burning oil upon all employees in the vicinity. A portion of the… (Show more)
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Angelo Verzoni
Photo: Milo Ventimiglia via Twitter   In January, the hit NBC drama series "This Is Us" aired the first in a string of episodes that highlighted critical fire safety messages such as the importance of replacing smoke alarm batteries. The show, which is watched by upwards of 10 million people, managed to spark a nationwide conversation about fire… (Show more)
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James Pauley
  Last week NFPA introduced EFFECT™ (the Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool) to help building owners and managers assess risk in their properties, and stem the tide of fires in high-rise structures with combustible cladding. Now, coming on the heels of that release, we see yet another harrowing example of a building with combustible… (Show more)
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