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The new standards development process is underway, starting with the Fall 2013 revision cycle documents.  The new process has been presented at various sites including the Standards Forum at NFPA's Conference & Expo and Technical Committee Chair Training.  If you have not attended one of these presentations, we have developed a series of videos which are now available for viewing.  These videos are a great introduction to the concepts of the new process.

Watch videos explaining NFPA's new standards development process

As the online submission system is implemented and additional tools developed on the new process, they will be made available on NFPA's website.  You can also attend the next Standards Forum on June 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

Debbie Baio

On February 13, 1975, a fire occurred in a nine-story hotel in Peoria, Illinois.  Due to the efforts of local police and firefighters, 119 guests, many of whom did not speak English, were evacuated and there were no fatalities.  Many guests in the hotel were from around the world, attending a construction equipment conference. 

At around 1:00 a.m. one of the guests returned to his room on the seventh floor of the hotel from a party on the ninth floor of the building.  He then turned on his TV set and lay down on his bed.  The next thing that he remembered was waking up to find his mattress on fire.  He attempted to get the mattress out the window, but he was unable to get it through.  He then left the room, leaving the window and the door to the room open.  He then left the building without notifying anyone about the fire or sounding an alarm.

The Peoria police were patrolling the area around the hotel due to the large number of out-of-town visitors at the conference.  Several police were nearby when they were notified by a woman outside the building.  The officers then notified the fire department and entered the building to begin to evacuate guests.  They eventually charged standpipe hose lines in the hotel and used them to control the fire while they notified guests.  The fire department arrived shortly thereafter and began to evacuate guests using aerial ladders, as well as engaging in fire suppression.

The presence of police officers in the immediate area of the hotel, as well as their fire fighting and rescue actions likely saved many lives.  NFPA members can read a full report


The Educational Messages Advisory Committee meets annually to review NFPA’s fire safety education messages and to provide recommendations to NFPA public education staff for updating and revising the messages. See the list of current NFPA education messages.

The messages are used throughout NFPA’s educational programs, curricula, and handouts and provide fire and life safety educators with accurate and consistent language for use when offering safety information to the public. Each topic area is self-contained, written so that all the information needed on a certain subject is provided within that category. As a result, some messaging may be repeated throughout topic areas.

Do you have ideas or a comment on how NFPA's educational messages could be updated or revised? Submit a comment by May 11, 2012.

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