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NFPA released the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) in digital format last week. The code, which has been published by NFPA since 1911, is one of the most widely used in the built world. This newest edition is available in PDF and through the National Fire Codes Subscription Service All Access (NFCSS), with a hard copy to be released at the end of August.

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In addition to publishing the code, NFPA offers companion resources and education to help professionals learn how to understand and apply the latest code. A host of resources are coming soon including the 2014 NEC Handbook, pocket guides for residential and commercial applications, ebooks and an app.

A new online destination, nec connect, was recently launched to provide members of the electrical community and others interested in electrical issues with news, information, tips, learning resources and networking opportunities related to NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC). The website,, is a resource for installers and contractors, designers and engineers, code enforcers, and policymakers for all things related to the NEC. It is a place where participants can engage with others who share an interest in electrical safety.

For more information on the 2014 NEC, check out the official news release, or visit

NecconnectAs you may have heard, NFPA recently launched a new online resource for the electrical community – nec connect. Read our blog post detailing the new site for more information, if you missed it. 

Now, nec connect will host its inaugural nec connect Webisode on August 27th at 1:00pm ET. The nec connect Webisode is, and will continue to be, a live, monthly online session that features expanded news, learning sessions and content from the National Electrical Code. 

Bill BurkeThis month's NEC breakdown guest is the co-host, Bill Burke. Bill is the NFPA’s Electrical Division Manager. In this segment, he will take one of the newest articles to the code, and dive deep into both its meaning and implications. It is followed by a LIVE discussion in which you are given the opportunity to ask Bill any question you may still have, by using the hashtag #necconnect as you submit questions through Twitter. 

This is your chance to learn, interact and ask an industry expert questions about all elements of the 2014 National Electrical Code. Register for this nec connect Webisode on August 27th now!

Remembering WhenNFPA's 2013 Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference will be held December 1-3 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston, Mass. NFPA will host representatives from up to 30 communities to attend the conference in Boston to learn how to reach older adults through group presentations and home visits. This will be the first group trained on the updated version of Remembering When that will be released in October.

Fire departments are asked to partner with an agency whose main outreach to older adults is through home visits. To be considered for a scholarship award to attend this conference, submit an application no later than August 30.

According to NFPA statistics, adults age 65 and older are twice as likely to be killed in a home fire compared to the general population, and falls are the leading cause of death from injuries to those in the same age group. NFPA hosts this conference annually as part of its ongoing effort to help reduce fires and falls among older adults.

The training session includes helpful tips to prevent fires such as recommending that older adults who smoke should do so outside and never in bed. It reminds smokers that deep, sturdy ashtrays should be used while smoking and cigarette butts and ashes should be placed in water or sand before disposal. And when it comes to home heating, older adults are advised to keep space heaters at least 3 feet (1 meter) from anything that can burn and unplugged when no one’s home or at bedtime.

When it comes to preventing falls, the program reminds participants that taking it slow and regular exercise are the best defense. When getting out of chairs, it’s best to get up slowly and gain balance before walking. The training stresses the importance of exercising regularly to build strength and improve balance and coordination.

For more information on Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, talk to your local fire department.

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