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I just sent the new Sparky Valentine’s Day e-card to my sister, Renée. Send one to the special people in your life.

If you are looking for a classroom activity or something fun to do for the children in your life, print out or color your own Sparky Valentine.

Valentine’s Day is also a good time to show the people you love how much you care by testing all their smoke alarms and helping them with fire drills in the home.Val_sparky

- Sharon Gamache

Based on my past two years of visiting with our state forestry partners, fire officials, and communities, a common theme emerged: “What do you have for youth?” The way I look at it, it’s not just about wanting to provide entertaining activities for kids at fairs and exhibits (though these things are awareness-raisers), it’s the recognition among all of the stakeholders in the WUI fire problem that unless we do things differently, our society will continue to see homes lost from wildfire.

It’s time to help the next generations learn about the natural phenomenon of fire and how they can live with it compatibly and safely. These future decision-makers need to know how to keep fire in mind when choosing where and how to live on the landscape.

NFPA seeks to harness some of the abundant energy of those educators and creative thinkers already working with pre-schoolers, teens, college students – the whole range of the youth audience – to integrate wildland fire safety education where it fits, and create relevant curricula and programming where it does not exist.

If you’d like to take part in this exciting opportunity at NFPA, please check out the detailed  job description and send us your resume. We look forward to hearing from you.


The Annual 2012 Report on Comments (ROC) for 38 NFPA documents are now available. Some of the proposed NFPA documents addressed in the Report on Comments include:

  • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection 
  • NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®
  • NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives
  • NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  • NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code
  • NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
  • NFPA 654, Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
  • NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program 
  • NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances

The deadline to submit a notice of intent to make a motion on any of these documents is April 6, 2012. Download a NITMAM form (doc, 34 KB).

- Debbie Baio

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On February 8, 1996, a fire occurred in a board and care facility in Shelby County, Tennessee, which caused the deaths of four residents.  The fire was caused most likely by improperly disposed smoking materials.  Smoke from the apartment of fire origin spread to other apartments through open doors.  The facility was 20 years old, and all areas of the building were of wood-frame construction.  All areas in the building had various fire protection provisions including smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire doors, and door self-closing devices.  However, self-closing devices for many apartments, including the apartment of fire origin, had been removed or deactivated allowing doors to remain open.  Based on NFPA’s investigation and analysis of the fire, the following factors were considered as having contributed to the loss of life in the incident:

  • Improperly disposed smoking materials
  • Lack of automatic sprinkler protection
  • Ineffective response of some staff members
  • Failure of occupants to respond effectively to operating fire alarms
  • Room doors that remained open due to the deactivation of door self-closing devices and chocks

NFPA members can download the full investigation report

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