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On November 7th and 8th, NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation will host a symposium on fire safety and sustainable building design. The event will take place in Chicago and will feature three sessions with presentations from architects, engineers, the sustainability community, and research institutions. 

Topics include: 

  • Major trends in sustainable design of office/commercial/high-rise buildings 
  • Impact of new ‘sustainable’ materials on the fire load of buildings 
  • Natural ventilation and smoke control
  • Performance-based options for achieving sustainable goals
  • Green building certification schemes for the future 

The goal of this event is to bring the fire protection and architectural communities together to discuss these topics and share ideas and best practices for sustainable fire safe design. Register now!

Best Practices Showcase to be featured: The Symposium Program Committee invites interested parties to submit one-page abstracts of recent successful case studies that illustrate how good design can innovatively achieve fire safety and sustainability goals. These case studies will be featured on the symposium website and highlighted at the event with rec ognition to submitters. Please contact epeterson@nfpa.org for more information.

-Tracy Golinveaux

The August 2012 issue of NFPA's "EV Safety Training News" is now available. In this issue:

  • EVnewsNFPA's Electric Vehicle Safety Training is now available online
  • New project targets best practices for emergency response to EV hazards
  • Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit open for registration
  • Visit the EV team at Fire Rescue International in Denver

Sign up today to receive our free monthly e-newsletter. It will keep you up to date on the latest information on NFPA’s project to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States.

Ten people died and 82 others were injured in a fire in a Cambridge, Ohio hotel on July 31, 1979.  The fire was discovered in the early morning hours by two people playing a pinball machine in a passageway between guest rooms and the lobby area.  They smelled and then saw smoke, sounded the building’s fire alarm, and then ran into the hotel lounge to ask a hotel employee to call the fire department.  The fire apparently started in the corridor on the first floor (specific ignition details were unavailable to NFPA at the time of the investigation).  The fire spread rapidly and occupants quickly became trapped in their rooms.  Some escaped by breaking room windows (or escaping through windows broken by passersby).

Factors contributing to the loss of life in this fire included:

  • Combustible interior finish
  • Unprotected vertical openings
  • Inadequate notification of the occupants

NFPA members can download the full investigation report for free.

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