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susanmckelvey
Click to view contentGlittering decorations, holiday meals and treats, enjoying the warmth of home on a wintry day – these are hallmarks of the holiday season. However, these traditions and festivities also present an increased risk of fire, making December a leading month for U.S. home fires. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are two of the top three days for home… (Show more)
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vhutchison
Click to view content  Fire protection systems are increasingly networked to Building Control Systems (BCS), Internet of Things (IoT), and other platforms that are, by design or oversight, exposed to the public-facing Internet. This emerging environment could lead to unique and novel cyber vulnerabilities, and attacks on fire protection systems have the potential to… (Show more)
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jsisco
Click to view contentAt NFPA, we receive a lot of questions about health care occupancies. In particular, one area that I receive frequent questions about is the application of means of egress requirements in health care suites. To understand the means of egress requirements within suites, it can be helpful to review the overall occupant protection strategy utilized… (Show more)
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averzoni
Click to view contentA view from inside a waiting room at University Hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where Tuesday morning a gunman killed six people in the country's deadliest mass shooting since 2015. Image Capture: Aug 2017, Copyright 2017 Google         A shooting in a hospital waiting room in the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic, left six people dead this… (Show more)
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cgrant
Click to view contentLately there has been discussion about the topic of recertification in the fire service in some industry publications, and there seems to be some confusion or misperceptions about our recent activity. Here is the history and the current status.   In the summer of 2016, the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Research Foundation), the independent… (Show more)
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econlin
Click to view contentNFPA 1000 Standard for Fire Service Professional Qualifications Accreditation and Certification Systems has just begun the next revision cycle. Several Public Inputs (recommended changes) were submitted for the next edition of NFPA 1000 by the stated closing date of November 15, 2019. All recommended changes from the public will now be reviewed… (Show more)
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ccoache
Click to view contentWith the number of electrical contact fatalities in the workplace being relatively flat since 2012 (average 146 fatalities with a range of 134 to 156), I decided to look into what the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) database provides for the electrical parts contributing to these fatalities. Perhaps if more of us have knowledge of who and what… (Show more)
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gharrington
Click to view contentWinter doesn’t officially start for another couple weeks, but looking out the window here in New England and many other parts of the country tells a different story. Snow is covering the ground, and each additional storm will pile it higher. With the cold, wintry weather brings an increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from blocked… (Show more)
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debbiebaio
Click to view contentNFPA has issued the following errata on November 26, 2019 for the 2018 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Code, and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code:   NFPA 1, Errata 1-18-1, referencing 2.2, 2.4, 3.3.117, G.1.1, and G.2 NFPA 101, Errata 101-18-4, referencing 2.2 and D.1.1 An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes… (Show more)
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debbiebaio
Click to view contentThe following two proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) on the 2018 and proposed 2021 editions to NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety, Health, and Wellness Program, are being published for public review and comment:   NFPA 1500, proposed TIA No. 1476, referencing A.8.8.2  NFPA 1500, proposed TIA No. 1477,… (Show more)
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