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The Second Draft Reports for NFPA Standards in the Fall 2018 revision cycle are available for review with a deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM) of August 30, 2018 These proposed Standards with Second Draft Reports are listed below: NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems NFPA 45, Standard… (Show more)
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When you think of summer, many things immediately come to mind: warm days filled with outdoor activities, delicious barbecues, and evenings spent with family and friends or at your favorite baseball team’s game. But what many people are not thinking about this time of year is whether their home’s electrical system is adequately protected against… (Show more)
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OSHA addresses Toxic and Hazardous Substances in the “Z” tables (29 CFR 1910 Subpart Z-Toxic and Hazardous Substances). When questions arise related to hazardous materials, NFPA 400-Hazardous Materials Code can provide some additional technical information.   One of the most frequent questions we are asked about hazardous materials is what… (Show more)
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Summer is a busy time at NFPA.  This year, the Building and Life Safety Systems Department has been preparing for and staffing NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, First Draft meetings in Minneapolis; I am off to another week of NFPA 101 meetings this Sunday.  In addition, the Fire Code Technical Committee will hold their First Draft meeting this September… (Show more)
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The Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, California, following a deadly fire. (Getty Images) Boston city officials announced this week that they recently ordered a number of occupants who were illegally living in a storage facility to vacate the area "given the unsafe living conditions and health conditions," according to The Boston Herald.  The… (Show more)
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  The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) released a comprehensive report providing key steps to reduce risk factors in the fire service. The Lavender Ribbon Report, named after the symbol for general cancer awareness, highlights best practices… (Show more)
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The issue of temperature usually comes up in any discussion of sprinklers and sprinkler systems, and NFPA receives a great deal of questions related to the required temperature rating for sprinklers. This is important because any sprinkler that is located too close to a source of heat can result in an unintended activation. For many years… (Show more)
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With Fire Prevention Week right around the corner (October 7-13), we thought this would be a great time to show off some of the pictures in our archives from the 1932 Indiana State Fair.  The first day of the fair that year was September 3, 1932 and the Indianapolis Fire Department provided a fire prevention booth.  From the NFPA Quarterly… (Show more)
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  New cooking and smoke alarms technologies, as well as other smart home technologies, can all play a significant role in strengthening home fire prevention and safety. NFPA has partnered with the Vision 20/20 Project and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to host a webinar that will address these new developments and their… (Show more)
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Not many years ago, buildings 10 stories or higher made primarily of wood would have been unthinkable. Today, hundreds of these tall wooden structures are being built in the United Kingdom alone, and many more are planned around the globe, including some truly massive structures with heights in excess of 50 stories.  While architects and… (Show more)
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