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A new NFPA report says that automatic sprinklers are highly effective and reliable elements of total system designs for fire protection in buildings.

The report, "U.S. Experience with Sprinklers", by John R. Hall, Jr., cites an American Housing Survey that states that in 2009, 4.6% of occupied homes (including multi-unit) had sprinklers, up from 3.9% in 2007, and 18.5% of occupied home built in the previous four years had sprinklers.

The report includes statistics on how often sprinklers are reported in fires, by property use, and their estimated impact in reducing the average loss of life and property per fire. It also includes statistics on performance, usage and reliability of sprinklers, as well as leading reasons when system fail to operate or operate but are ineffective.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 72 is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the May 18, 2012 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

- Debbie Baio

At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed in fires as the population at large. Thirty to 35 percent of people 65 and older fall each year, and one in five falls causes a serious injury.

To help address this problem, NFPA created the Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. To encourage more fire departments to reach older adults with the Remembering When Program, NFPA will, for the sixth year, award scholarships to up 35 North American communities that will allow them to participate in the Remembering When training from December 2 to 4 at the Boston Long Wharf Hotel. The scholarships provide for training, travel expenses, and Remembering When materials to both a fire department public educator and a partner representative of an agency that serves older adults through home visits.

The deadline for submission of applications is August 10, 2012. Winners can use the original Remembering When program, the First Nations Remembering When program, or Los buenos recuerdos, the Spanish program, in their implementations. Download the application. Sharon Gamache

Cropped RW Photo 3.30.12

The annual Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Conference, powered by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), comes to a close at the end of today.   Presenters and attendees have gathered from around the world to discuss the many challenges associated with wildland fires in the WUI.  Pre-conference workshops, educational sessions, exhibits, and a field trip for Sand-Table Exercise have been taking place throughout the week.    




On Friday, March 23, Hylton Haynes of NFPA's Firewise program was part of a group that visited the LaJolla Band of Luiseńo Indians located 55 miles northwest of San Diego. They met Adam Giesler, the Tribal Council Secretary, and discussed the Firewise Communities/USA® recognition program, which encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.

During the visit, Adam went into great detail about all the wonderful work his Band has accomplished since the tragic Poomacha Fire of 2007 where 147 houses and 77 outbuildings were destroyed and took 19 days to contain. Read the full post on NFPA's Firewise Communities blog.

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