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The Super Bowl is inching nearer, and a lot of eager cooks will start firing up their grills in preparation. However, there are dangers involved with grilling that are often unaccounted for. The NFPA has collaborated with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm to release a series of PSAs on those risks.

This past December, Storm was cooking dinner for her kids when the wind blew out the flame on her open grill. She turned to the gas and prepared to re-light it. Unbeknownst to her, propane gas had been on top of the grill, and it erupted into a fireball. She sustained first- and second-degree burns, and only returned to television on January 1st after extensive healing.

This PSA encourages responsible grilling practices, especially this weekend for the Super Bowl, and reminds the public to turn off the gas and wait for at least 15 minutes before attempting to re-ignite a grill that has gone out. A few moments of caution could save cooks and their families from burns and trauma.

Please check out our grilling safety tips at

Brazil fireJaime A. Moncada, director of International Fire Safety Consulting and the international fire safety training/NFPA joint venture director for Latin America, recently offered his opinions on the Brazil nightclub fire in an Associated Press (AP) article.

After examining a blueprint of Kiss nightclub, where more than 230 people died from the fire on January 27, Moncada told the AP that the building's one and only exit was permissable under law. He also noted that the club, if operating in the U.S., would have also failed inspection due to failure to treat the toxic foam soundproofing with a fire retardent and a lack of sprinklers.

Moncada told NFPA Journal in a recent feature story on a deadly prison fire in Honduras that increased adoption of NFPA's codes and standards in Latin America should be considered to prevent future tragedies from occurring.

"Adoption of NFPA codes and standards...coupled with readily available training seminars and a local fire safety industry well-versed in NFPA requirements can provide the start to a solution that may be impossible for local authorities to ignore," he states in Journal. "The only way to address the root causes of this horrific trend, which includes fires through clear, cost-effective fire codes, coupled with effective enforcement. Only then can we turn the corner."


We will be conducting a unique research planning exercise at Supdet and I hope you can participate.


We are using the interactive workshop  on Wednesday afternoon February 27th at Supdet in Orlando to take the first step to develop a research plan for three projects that have been on our list as projects of value to NFPA 13:V ictoria Valentine, National Fire Sprinkler Assocation, will lead a session on sloped sprinkler installations over storage; Matt Klaus, NFPA will lead a session on data needed to inform NFPA 13 obstruction rules; Steve Wolin, Code Consultants, Inc., will lead a session on high clearance sprinklers over operations (factory); Dan O’Connor, AON FPE will also lead a session on determining the equivalency between sprinklers and water mist.


The SupDet suppression program  also has a strong focus on information for 13 – including exposed expanded plastics, lithium ion batteries, and Chapter 21. 

I hope you can join us in Orlando.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!A preview of the Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Registration is now open for Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET) conferenceScores of education sessions and seminars, hundreds of displays of industry products and services, and countless opportunities for professional networking: It’s the 2013 NFPA Conference and Expo®, and it’s headed back to the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.

This year’s most important event for the fire, life safety, and electrical industries will be held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois, June 10–13. Join NFPA experts and thousands of industry professionals as they gather for the 2013 NFPA Conference and Expo, widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. The event combines an unrivaled educational conference with an exhibition featuring more than 300 participating companies. It’s an ideal opportunity to rub elbows with industry innovators, bend the ears of our expert instructors, and meet others who are working through the same issues and challenges as you are.

Read more in our January/February 2013 Journal article, Chicago View: A Preview of the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo

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