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FW ToolkitNFPA’s Firewise® Communities Program is proud to announce its new Firewise Toolkit is now available online! The Toolkit is a collection of Firewise resources in one easy-to-find place, designed for homeowners, fire service professionals, community leaders, members of the media and others seeking information about the Program.

The entire Toolkit or the individual documents can be downloaded and printed for meetings, presentations and for individual use, and serves as a valuable resource anytime you need important, easily accessible information. The Toolkit consists of the following:

  • Facts about NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program
  • A Guide to Firewise Principles
  • Firewise Tips Checklist for Homeowners
  • Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program Checklist
  • Guidelines for Spelling/Usage of Firewise
  • Guidelines for Using the Firewise/NFPA Logo

Find it on the “information and resources” page of the Firewise website, and start using your toolkit today!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the 2013 Honda Fit EV the best fuel efficiency rating ever issued the Agency – 118 miles per gallon equivalent, MPGe. MPGe is an efficiency measure based on how far a car can travel on the amount of electricity with energy equivalent to that of one gallon of gasoline.

Honda Fit
The rating for the new 2013 Honda Fit is higher than the previous record-holder, the 2012 Mitsubishi MiEV, which has a rating of 112 It is also higher than the Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe), the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe), or the Coda (73 MPGe).

When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Fit's 20 kWh lithium-ion battery can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator. The Fit EV produces zero emissions and no petrol is used to propel the car. Honda debuted the 2013 Fit EV at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and began leasing the battery-electric commuter vehicle to customers in select California and Oregon markets this summer, followed by an East Coast rollout in 2013.

The NFPA Standards Council acted on the issuance of the Annual 2012 documents along with considering several appeals at its August 7-9, 2012 meeting.

Some of the NFPA Standards Council decisions have been issued and include the following:

Final Decisions:

  • NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Plants
  • NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities
  • NFPA 499, Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas
  • NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments

Short Decisions

  • TIAs on NFPA 13 (2013 edition), NFPA 13D, (2010 and 2013 edition), NFPA 13R (2013 edition), and NFPA 25 (2011 edition)
  • NFPA 1124, Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors that oversees the Association's codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment.

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