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The Foundation has initiated two projects whose focus is on the impact of green technology on fire safety.

The first, on high rise timber structures, will explore this emerging global construction technique and available data on fire safety considerations. Recent architectural trends include the design and construction of increasingly tall buildings with structural components comprised of laminated wood.  Construction is currently underway on a 10‐story apartment building in Melbourne, Australia, with taller structures up to 30 stories under design in Norway, Austria and Vancouver.  These buildings are cited for their advantages in sustainability resulting from the use of wood as a renewable construction material.

The Foundation has initiated a Phase 1 project on this topic that includes a literature review to collect information on high rise timber framed buildings and a gap analysis. Read the project summary.

The second project, on exterior walls with combustible insulation, will explore common fire scenarios and appropriate fire test methods. Many combustible materials are used today in commercial wall assemblies to improve energy performance, reduce water and air infiltration, and allow for aesthetic design flexibility. These assemblies include Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), metal composite claddings, high-pressure laminates, and weather-resistive barriers (WRB). The combustibility of the assembly components directly impacts the fire hazard.  There have been a number of documented fire incidents involving combustible exterior walls, but a better understanding is needed of the specific scenarios leading to these incidents to inform current test methods and potential mitigating strategies. Read the project summary.

We blogged last week about the the [National Volunteer Fire Council |](NVFC) and [NFPA |] developing
a guide to assist departments in understanding and implementing NFPA

In a new video, NFPA’s Ken Willette gives an overview of the
guide, which addresses NFPA 1500, NFPA 1720 and NFPA 1851. Watch the video bleow; for more detail,
read the earlier blog


NFPA 1620The NFPA Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre-Incident Planning, will be meeting April 16-18 in San Antonio. The committee will be reviewing Public Inputs to change the existing document language and the committee will be reviewing the entire documents for possible changes and if necessary any re-structuring of the document.Anyone with an interest in pre-incident planning or the NFPA code-development process is welcome to attend. NFPA's Orlando Hernandez has the details.

Canada EVCanada is in the midst of a push to increase the number of electric vehicles (EV) on its roads. However, with this new influx of electric cars, emergency responders will invariably need training in how to deal with them. NFPA is working with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) to adapt NFPA’s American first responder EV training program to better suit Canadian needs.

The SCC sees this as a necessary effort to address the gap in emergency responder training. The training packages will be available to the provinces in mid-2013. They include online resources as well as Train-the-Trainer sessions. For more information, read the full NFPA press release.

At its March 2013 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of several proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA).  The following TIAs on NFPA 58, NFPA 59A, NFPA 99, NFPA 1001, NFPA 1124, NFPA 1917, NFPA 1971, and NFPA 2112 were issued by the Council on March 7, 2013:

  • NFPA 58, TIA 11-4, referencing 11.1.1, A.11.1.1, and 11.15.2  
  • NFPA 59A, TIA 13-1, referencing Table 15.6.1 and Table
  • NFPA 99, TIA 12-4, referencing,, and
  • NFPA 1001, TIA 13-1, referencing 4.1(3)
  • NFPA 1124, TIA 13-2, referencing 2.2, 6.1.3, 6.5.1,,,,, 7.3.6, 7.3.7,,,, 7.5.4, A.6.5.1, A., A.7.3.6, A.7.3.7, A., and Index
  • NFPA 1917, TIA 13-1, referencing 4.12.3
  • NFPA 1917, TIA 13-2, referencing 4.17, 4.17.1, 4.17.2, and 4.17.3
  • NFPA 1971, TIA 13-2, referencing various sections
  • NFPA 2112, TIA 12-1, referencing and

Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) are amendments to an NFPA document processed in accordance with Section 5 of the Regulations Governing Committee Projects.They have not gone through the entire standards development process of being published in an ROP and ROC for review and comment. TIAs are effective only between editions of the document. A TIA automatically becomes a proposal for the next edition of the document, as such is then subject to all of the procedures of the standards development process.  TIAs are published in NFPA News, NFCSS, and any further distribution of the document after being issued by the Standards Council.

Today, we celebrate Sparky the Fire Dog's birthday! Of course, Sparky likes to remind us (as shown in the video) that it is a good time to brush up on our fire safety tips, and he is correct! 

Sparky cake bossOn a lighter note, birthdays are a great time for fun and celebration! Remember Sparky's 60th birthday two years ago when we had Carlo's Bakery (home of TLC's The Cake Boss) make an amazing cake just for his special day?! 

Also, our Sparky the Fire Dog party kit provides everything you need to create a special day for your own little firefighter! We have even provided photos to give you ideas on how to bring your party to life. These free DIY party plans are downloadable pdfs and include pages of tutorials and party instructions. You will find everything from the party to-do list, invitations, thank you cards, birthday banner, cupcake toppers, name tags, water bottle wrappers, games and more. 

Sparky party kit

See more fun ways we have celebrated Sparky's birthday in the past, and be sure to wish Sparky a happy birthday on his Facebook page!

FSI newsletterThe dangers of lightweight construction when exposed to fire are documented in several studies. An NFPA Journal® cover story highlights UL studies on lightweight construction and the threat it poses to firefighters. The new issue of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter takes a closer look at lightweight construction and the relationship between fire and engineered wood construction assemblies.

Also in this issue:

  • Manufactured housing committee considers fire sprinklers
  • Fire Marshal Tony Apfelbeck talks about financial incentives for sprinkler installations
  • Getting homebuilders on board with fire sprinklers
  • Ten tips for communicating with legislators
  • NFPA 13D: Update on sloped ceilings

Subscribe today to automatically receive our monthly Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. It's free, informative, and will keep you up to date on anti-sprinkler legislation, our advocacy efforts, and other sprinkler-related news.

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Safety Source newsletterThe March 2013 issue of "Safety Source", NFPA’s monthly public education e-newsletter, is now available. This issue includes information on NFPA's partnership with Cupcake Digital, the creators of the new Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! app to offer fire safety tips to kids and families. The app, Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure, is based on episodes of the Emmy-winning Nick Jr. TV series “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!”

The issue also includes a new safety tip sheet - this time, on outdoor electrical safety. And we also offer tips on how to make emergency evacuation planning a part of every student's Individual Education Program (IEP).

Sign up today to receive our free monthly e-newsletter. "Safety Source" will give you the latest information on happenings in the public education division, Ready for Risk Watch® news, Remembering When™ activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, life saves, and more.

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