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The Children’s Safety Network eNewsletter serves as a forum for sharing information about child and adolescent injury and violence prevention. It provides weekly listings of events, news items, and reports on specific injury-related topics. The April 5 issue included new resources and tool kits for April’s National Child Abuse Month.

In addition, the newsletter’s fire and burn safety piece in this edition discusses NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program’s new smoke alarm lesson: “When You Hear a Smoke Alarm, Get Out and Stay Out.” The smoke alarm lesson includes objectives, background information for the teacher, three lesson plans that teach the behavior in different ways, two newly recorded upbeat smoke alarm songs in MP3 files, new art for coloring to go with the songs, and a letter to send home to parents.
- Sharon Gamache

Fire Alarm Lesson Plan Frog-1

NFPA News The April issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Comments sought on proposed TIAs on NFPA 72
  • TIAs issued on NFPA 13D, 30B, 51A, and 75
  • Public Input closing dates for Annual 2014 documents
  • Four new projects/documents seeking comment
  • Errata issued on NFPA 5000® and 820
  • NFPA Conference & Expo information
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committee meetings calendar  

NFPA News is a free newsletter, and includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s code and standards making process.

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- Debbie Baio


The Research Foundation and NFPA invite you to the Global Research Update: High Challenge Storage Protection symposium to be held June 27, 2012 at the Marriott Rive Gauche in Paris, France.

High challenge warehouse fire protection strategies are of global concern to the fire protection community. As new high hazard commodities appear in challenging storage arrangements, new approaches to fire protection are required. This symposium will present recent global research to being carried out to address that need, and is being held in cooperation with the [European Fire Sprinkler Network conference |].

[The programme |] (PDF, 22 KB) will feature recent research work sponsored by the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group and other global research organizations. Presentations from the insurance industry and global property owners will provide a perspective on emerging needs.

[Register now |] and join attendees from around the globe for this unique event. Regular rate is $395. A special rate of $350 applies to those also attending the European Fire Sprinkler Network Conference.

We thank our honorary co-sponsors of the Global Research Update: High Challenge Storage Protection:

    • GIDAI – Fire Safety Research & Technology

    • HSL - Health and Safety Laboratory, UK

    • Ineris - National I stitute for Industrial Environment and Risks, France

    • SP – Technical Research Institute of Sweden

    • UC – Universidad de Cantabria


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On April 9, 1998, a fire was reported at a large turkey farm near Albert City, Iowa.  The fire began when an ATV driven by teenagers struck two pipelines carrying liquid propane from an 18,000-gallon (68m3) LP-Gas tank, creating a leak.  The ensuing cloud of vapor was ignited, however, the teens were able to escape the area and call 911.  The fire department arrived and began to set up operations to protect exposed buildings with hose lines.  Because there was no water supply in the area, a tanker shuttle operation was implemented.  Meanwhile, the gas venting from the pressure relief valves on the tank created a loud noise similar to a jet engine, making communications on the fireground difficult.  The fire chief indicated that the plan was to allow the tank to burn itself out and protect exposed structures from positions 90 to 100 feet (27 to 31 meters) from the tank.  As this plan was being implemented, about 7 minutes after the fire department arrived, an explosion occurred, sending large sections of the tank flying in four different directions.  One large piece of the tank struck two firefighters who were about 100 feet (31 meters) away from the tank.

On the basis of the fire investigation, the NFPA determined that the following were significant factors directly contributing to the explosion and firefighter deaths.

  • Lack of protection around the LP tank installation and associated equipment; this lack of protection allowed the ATV to strike the piping
  • The impingement of flame on the propane tank, causing the tank shell to weaken and fail
  • The close proximity of fire department operations to the LP tank while the tank was being exposed to direct flame contact
  • The lack of an adequate reliable water supply
  • The decision, given the lack of an adequate water supply, to protect the exposed buildings and not relocate all personnel to a safe location.

NFPA members can download the full investigation report for free, and all site visitors can download a summary in English or Spanish.   

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