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NFPA News The September issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Commissioning with NFPA 3
  • Tentative Interim Amendments issued for NFPA 1, 13D, 25, 99, 101, 220, and 820
  • A look at the new NFPA regulations for documents in the Fall 2013 revision cycle
  • Call for members on technical committees

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- Debbie Baio

From the September/October 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®

By Russell P. Fleming, P.E.

Heads_up_220 Among the curiosities of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, are the two small Sections 8.15.19.4 and 8.15.19.5 in the 2010 edition, two small sections that address "revamping" pipe schedule and hydraulically designed sprinkler systems. When NFPA 13 is translated into other languages, a term such as "remodeling" or "renovating" is presumably substituted. The term "revamping" has its origins in shoe repair, when a shoe was provided with a new vamp, the forepart of a shoe or boot that covers the foot behind the toecap.

The sections in NFPA 13 dealing with revamping have been in place for decades and originated as part of a rule addressing return bends: "In revamping existing systems, where it is not necessary to retain sprinklers in the concealed space, ½-inch or ¾-inch close nipples inserted in the existing sprinkler fittings may be used with 1-inch pipe and fittings for the other portions of the return bend."

Read Russell's entire article in the new NFPA Journal.

Cool to do I am always on the lookout for fun activities to do with the kids after school. Check out our "Cool to Do" craft for the month of September: Sparky pencil toppers, complete http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef015391933b22970b-piwith safety messages. http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef015391933b22970b-pi

These pencil toppers are easy to do and fun for all ages. Kids can pick from different images of Sparky with different safety messages. A great activity for open houses, class visits and after school programs too.

- Amy LeBeau

Firewise How-to Newsletter The Fall 2011 issue of the Firewise Communities How-To newsletter has now been posted online. 

This newsletter is published quarterly and distributed to residents of Firewise Communities/USA recognized sites and other interested folks. If you're a homeowner or community resident whose home is located in a region susceptible to wildfires, this newsletter will provide you with timely, pertinent information on how to best protect your home and yourself in the event of wildfire.

The current issue covers the following features: The Firewise community - Making the most of Backyards & Beyond; A Firewise community: Wilderness Ranch; Questions and answers with Pat Durland; and Around the Firewise home: Autumn cleanup. 

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