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PropaneFire On June 10, 1990, a fire started when propane gas that was released accidentally from a 20-pound cylinder in a function room ignited. The cylinder was fueling a portable cooking grill, in violation of local city ordinances and NFPA 58, Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases (now called NFPA 58: Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code).

A private party with around 90 guests was being held in the third-floor function room of a Howard Johnson in Cambridge, MA. There was a live band, and food was being prepared on a propane gas grill.  A sudden release of propane occurred when a hotel employee was dismantling the grill.

NFPA members can download a free copy of our investigation report and article on this incident. All visitors can download our free hotel and motel fires fact sheet.

- Ben Evarts

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NFPA and SAE International will co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Summit in Detroit, MI, September 27–28. The event is a continuation of the dialogue begun at last year’s summit initiated in order to support the rapid implementation of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in North America. The Summit provides a forum in which all relevant individuals, organizations and agencies can contribute to the development of action plans regarding the codes and standards necessary to effectively address safety as it relates to electrified vehicles and their infrastructure.

Last year’s Summit led to the identification of three areas for action plan development:

  1. vehicle charging infrastructure
  2. battery hazards identification and protection
  3. training for emergency responders

Learn more about this fall's event and download a summary report of the 2010 Summit.

You can also learn more about NFPA's Electric Vehicle Safety Training project, a nationwide program to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road.

- Mike Hazell

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