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NFPA President Jim Shannon says there are more fires reported on a typical Fourth of July than any other day of the year.

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. Learn more about the dangers of consumer fireworks..and see just how hot a sparkler burns.

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Yesterday, Google.org announced that electric, plug-in, and hybrid vehicles could make up as many as 90% of cars on the road by 2030. This analysis comes from a study taken on by the philanthropic arm of Google, using McKinsey & Company’s Low Carbon Economics Tool, described by Environmental Leader as “an analytic set of interlinked models that estimates potential economic implications of various policies.” Google.org chose the variables, such as policy scenarios, to plug into the tool.

The analysis found that reduced battery costs and increases in energy density could lead to a decrease in electrical vehicle costs to the point where an electric car would be less expensive than a car with an internal combustion engine by 2030. The new, improved, and cheaper EVs would have a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge.

Google.org reported that should electric vehicles become the large majority of cars on the road, U.S. oil consumption would be reduced by 1.1 billion barrels per year by 2030. (For a reference, that’s about the equivalent of a year’s worth of Canada’s oil production.) New breakthroughs in innovation in clean energy could also create 1.1 million in net jobs, add $155 billion per year in GDP, and reduce household energy costs by $942 per year. Not a bad set of side effects!

With this huge projected increase in EVs on the road, it becomes more and more important for first responders to be able to identify and respond to an EV involved in an accident. EV Safety Training recognizes this need and can’t wait to start distributing our training in July.

 

- Shelly Shore

by Chip Carson, P.E.
From the new issue of NFPA Journal®

http://www.nfpa.org/101In Compliance from NFPA Journal   NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, is one of the few codes that provides a quantitative goal statement accompanied by a related set of objectives that, taken together, state the level of safety the code is trying to achieve. Most codes simply provide a plethora of requirements without necessarily defining the level of safety that compliance will accomplish. Understanding the level of safety the code is trying to achieve can help users focus on the intended goal, result in a more thorough application of its requirements, and help when judging an equivalency.

Read Chip's full article in NFPA Journal.

Matthew Klaus On July 7 and July 19, NFPA will be offering a free, live web update on changes to NFPA sprinkler-related codes. The changes were brought about by Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) regarding the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems.

“Based on recent full scale testing of various antifreeze concentrations in sprinkler systems, NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, and NFPA 25 have modified the requirements for antifreeze usage through recently approved TIAs,” said Matt Klaus, senior fire protection engineer, who will host the web updates. “The purpose of these broadcasts is to provide a brief history on the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems along with an explanation of the new requirements and a discussion of alternatives to antifreeze.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

Register now: visit www.nfpa.org/antifreeze.

Top Ten In light of a new NFPA report that shows that cooking equipment and smoking materials remain the biggest dangers when it comes to home fires, we're issuing our "Top 10" list of fire safety tips.

  1. Watch your cooking: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  2. Give space heaters space: Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  3. Smoke outside: Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
  4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach: Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
  5. Inspect electrical cords: Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
  6. http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=638&URL=Research%20&%20Reports/Fact%20sheets/Safety%20in%20the%20home/Candle%20safetyCandles Be careful when using candles: Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  7. Have a home fire escape plan: Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  8. Install smoke alarms: Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  9. Test smoke alarms: Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
  10. Install sprinklers: If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.

Are we missing any fire safety tips? What else would you include on your list? Let us know in the "Comments" section below.

NFPA home structure fires report According to a new report from NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 373,900 home structure fires from 2005-2009. The report says cooking fires remain the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and smoking materials continue to be the leading cause of home fire deaths.

During the five-year period covered by the report, roughly one in every 310 households per year had a reported home fire.

“These statistics are a sad reminder that fire is still a deadly threat and we must do more to prevent the needless deaths and losses,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “Properly installed and maintained fire protection devices, such as smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers, can help to prevent most fire deaths.”

NFPA Board of Directors 
Front row: Brian Hurley, Julie Rochman, Jim Shannon, Thomas Jaeger, Ned Pettus, Jr., H. Wayne Boyd, Peter Holland
Second row: Thomas Norton, Randy Tucker, Donald Cook, John Dean, Philip Stittleburg
Third row: Amy Acton, Thomas Groos, Kwame Cooper, Bruce Mullen
Fourth row: Bill McCammon, Paul Fitzgerald, James Clark, Ernest Grant, Dennis Berry
Not pictured: Dean Seavers, Rebecca Denlinger, Philip DiNenno

Our Board of Directors visited NFPA headquarters in Quincy this week. Among those attending were our three newest members:

  • Julie A. Rochman of Tampa, FL, president and CEO of the Institute for Business & Home Safety
  • Amy R. Acton of Grandville, MI, executive director of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors
  • Kwame Cooper of Los Angeles, CA., battalion chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department

The board meeting was led by Thomas Jaeger of Great Falls, VA., who was re-elected as chair at NFPA's recent Conference & Expo in Boston.

- Mike Hazell

Atlanta-Office-Fire On June 30, 1989, a rapidly developing fire in the sixth floor of a 10-story office building in Atlanta killed five people and injured twenty others. The fire began when an electrician attempted to insert a fuse into an energized circuit with a load in it. Massive arcing occured, and ignited the interior finish materials.  Making matters worse, the fire blocked an exit access corridor. 

NFPA's analysis of the incident identified several factors that contributed to the loss of life and property:

  • Rapid development of a severe fire as a result of arcing
  • The immediate blockage of the egress path due to the location of the room of fire origin and the rapid spread of fire in the corridor
  • The absence of automatic sprinkler protection

The full report can be downloaded by NFPA members for free. If you're not a member, consider joining, free access to NFPA's investigation reports is just one of the many benefits. 

-Ben Evarts 

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