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JimShannon_NFPA NFPA President Jim Shannon announced the release of NFPA 56 (PS), Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems at a press conference today in Middletown, Connecticut.  US Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso and several elected officials from Connecticut, including Congresswoman Rosa DeLaruo participated in the event to announce the standard, which was developed in response to a deadly explosion that occurred at the Kleen Energy plant Middletown in February 2010.

“This is an example of the critical role NFPA plays in providing codes and standards for use by government and other entities throughout the world. Our ability to bring together the right people at the right time and to facilitate a consensus process in very short order resulted in a standard that will save lives and prevent a tragedy like the one in Connecticut from happening in the future," said Shannon.

Read the news release.


From the September/October 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®

By Judy Comoletti

Outreach_240 In a fire, people with developmental disabilities or cognitive deficits may not be able to take life-saving actions. They may wait for verbal instructions on whether to escape, decide to stay inside until rescuers arrive, or run back into a burning building to seek shelter where they feel safe.

NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) in the United States since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, that makes Fire Prevention Week the nation’s longest-running public health and safety observance. What began as a one-day observance in October has expanded to a week, which remains its official duration. Yet many fire departments across the country celebrate it throughout the month of October. However we recognize it, FPW has established a track record of which we can all be justifiably proud.

Read Judy's entire article in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

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