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2011 Fire Prevention Week Quiz The NFPA 2011 Fire Prevention Week campaign's theme is "Protect Your Family From Fire." Keeping in line with the theme, this year, the focus is all about keeping you, your family, and your community safer from fire. We've developed a short quiz to test your fire safety knowledge as part of this campaign! Take the quiz on our website and afterwards, continue to click through to see what the correct answers were to any you may have answered incorrectly. Also, be sure to share your results on Facebook and Twitter.

Take the Fire Prevention Week quiz now!

For further educational material and tip sheets on the leading causes of home fires, information about protecting your home and families with life-saving technologies, and the importance of home escape planning, visit the Fire Prevention Week website.

-Lauren Backstrom

NFPA Fire & Life Safety Conference 
Looking for a good reason to visit Orlando this December? Look no further...NFPA will be hosting its second Fire & Life Safety Conference at The Hilton in the Walt Disney World® Resort, December 12-14.

We'll be offering 50 educational sessions in four targeted tracks -- Building & Life Safety, Detection & Alarm, Suppression, and Codes & Standards -- all presented by NFPA staff experts and committee members. Add a lunchtime keynote and panel discussion, CEUs, networking with colleagues from all over the world, travel and hotel discounts, and the exciting, warm, family-fun Orlando location, and you’ve got a career-boosting experience you don’t want to miss.

In addition, if you'd like to extend your stay in Orlando, we're offering four post-conference seminars:

  • Water Supply Analysis and Hydraulic Calculations (formerly known as Sprinkler Hydraulics)
  • 2012 NFPA 1, Fire Code
  • 2012 NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® Changes
  • 2012 NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities Update

Register today for this great learning opportunity...and a chance to spend a few winters days in Orlando!

Crowd at 2010 NFPA Fire & Life Safety conference 
A full house at the 2010 NFPA Fire & Life Safety Conference in Orlando.

- Mike Hazell

Molly_mowery People often wonder, what happens to the wildlife when a wildfire burns through a large area?  The answers vary depending on many factors, such as the size of the fire, the intensity and rate of spread, as well as other conditions.  While most of the focus (that we hear about) tends to be on structures and the  numbers of acres lost, we don't want to lose sight of the bigger picture of all those struggling to live with wildfires. Read Molly Mowery's entire post on the Firewise Communities blog.

by Casey Grant, P.E., FSFPE
From the new issue of NFPA Journal®

Research NFPA journal The trend in equipment used in today’s telecommunications and information technology (telecom/IT) facilities is for smaller, more powerful characteristics that can require unique operating features and create challenges for fire protection. New and different layout configurations, facility designs, power requirements, and environmental support, such as HVAC needs, have resulted in a changing landscape for these applications.

From a risk standpoint, the indirect impact of fire loss due to business interruption and loss of critical operations, sometimes geographically very distant from the telecom/IT facility itself, can far outweigh the direct property loss.

Read Casey's full article in NFPA Journal.

NFPA Journal looks at unwanted alarms 

Tracking the number of emergency calls it receives is a top priority for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, which serves 450,000 people in nine Oregon communities. But it wasn't until the release of its 2009 study on emergency calls that the department realized the extent of the problem it has with what it terms "low-risk, high-frequency" calls: of the more than 10,000 commercial automatic alarms the department responded to during a five-year period, 99 percent were what the report described as "false alarms" or "no-hazard incidents," which Tualatin defines as alarms triggered by burnt food, welding, dust exposure, and problems with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Read the entire article by Fred Durso in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

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