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At its October 2013 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of several proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA).  The following TIAs on NFPA 58NFPA 70, NFPA 101, NFPA 1006, and NFPA 1403 were issued by the Council on October 22, 2013:

  • NFPA 58, TIA 14-3, referencing sections 5.7.4, 11.4.1.11, 11.4.1.15, and 11.13.2.8 
  • NFPA 70, TIA 14-2, referencing Article 445.20
  • NFPA 101, TIA 12-3, referencing Table 17.1.6.1
  • NFPA 101, TIA 12-4, referencing section 19.2.2.2.5.2
  • NFPA 1006, TIA 13-1, referencing sections 7.1, 8.1, 9.1 10.1, 16.1, 17.1.1, 18.1, and A.6.1.
  • NFPA 1403, TIA 12-1, referencing section 4.16

Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) are amendments to an NFPA document processed in accordance with Section 5 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards (Regulations Governing Committee Projects).They have not gone through the entire standards development process of being published in a First Draft Report (formerly ROP) and Second Draft Report (formerly ROC) for review and comment. TIAs are effective only between editions of the document. A TIA automatically becomes a public input (formerly 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.

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The Boston Red Sox are just one win away from clinching the World Series title. The game, which is slated to start at 8:07 pm (EST), will be played at Fenway Park, built more than 100 years ago. It’s the nation’s oldest professional sports stadium currently in use and the smallest stadium in Major League Baseball.

In 2012, in observance of Fenway Park’s 100th birthday, NFPA Journal® looked back at the history of the park, and in particular, its fire and life safety features.

“After surviving a brush with proposed demolition in the late 1990s, Fenway Park and the Red Sox were sold in 2001 to an ownership group committed to renovating and expanding the old building to reflect a more modern fan experience,” wrote Steven A. Adelman.

“While not perfect, its recent improvements have made it remarkably compliant with NFPA codes regarding life safety, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and emergency messaging. In a larger sense, Fenway’s modernization is a prism through which to view not just one important building’s rebirth, but also the growing importance of life safety in how people all across the country experience a day at the ballpark.”

Read Mr. Andelman’s complete NFPA Journal feature, “Fenway At 100”.

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NFPA has teamed up with Stride Rite to help educate families on the importance of safety around the Halloween holiday. Safety is important at Halloween - from fire safety around decorations, to safe costumes, to being seen while trick-or-treating using a flashlight, glow stick or light-up shoes or sneakers. NFPA and Stride Rite share the same goal of keeping families safe. Check out the tips below and visit www.nfpa.org/striderite for terrific downloadable activity sheets for kids and additional safety information.  Leave a comment to let us and others know what you are doing to step it up for safety this Halloween.

      •     Let there be Light. Provide children with flashlights to carry or use glow sticks as part of their costume.

•Make it Fun. Make trick-or-treating a "no running" game to reduce the risk of falls. •     Timing is Everything. Decide the time your children will go out trick-or-treating and what time they will return home.

•     Peek before they Eat. Make a rule that children will not eat any treat until it has been brought home and examined by a grown-up.

•     Costume Crashes. When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see clearly.

•     Tame the Flame. Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

•     Caution with Candles. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

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The U.S. Fire Department Profile  is my go-to report for information on firefighters and fire departments in the U.S.   The report includes statistics on the numbers and characteristics of the U.S. fire departments and firefighters (career and volunteer).  It also includes information on the number of fire stations, pumpers and ladders nationwide.

For example, there were approximately 1,129,250 firefighters in the U.S. in 2012.  Of the total number of firefighters, 345,950 were career firefighters and 783,300 were volunteers.

For fire departments, there are an estimated 30,100 fire departments in the U.S.  Fifteen percent of all departments are all career or mostly career while 85% of the departments are mostly volunteer or
all volunteer.  Two-thirds of the U.S. population is protected by all career or mostly career fire departments.   

The full report is available on our website.


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(L-R) Piotr Tofilo, president of SFPE's Poland Chapter presented the Polish version of NFPA 92 to Don Bliss, NFPA vice president of Field Operations 



 

Piotr Tofilo, president of the Poland Chapter of the

Society of Fire Protection Engineers visited NFPA Headquarters in Quincy

(Mass.) to personally present the newly published Polish version of NFPA 92, Standard for Smoke Control Systems

to staff.  It is the first NFPA standard to be translated into Polish and

was selected because it is a document used frequently in Poland. NFPA 204, Standard for Smoke and Heat Venting

is the next NFPA standard slated for Polish translation. 


Visit SFPE’s Poland
Chapter website
to learn more about the translated version of NFPA 92.     

 

FontaineThank you to all of our members who participated in the October NFPA Office Hours, featuring Michael Fontaine, NFPA Sr. Electrical Engineer and Leon Katcharian, NFPA Director of Certification, where they presented: NFPA 70E – A Discussion about OSHA, Compliance, Training and Certification.

As an additional membership benefit, Michael Fontaine will be on Reddit: "Ask Me Anything" on October 30th from 2:00-3:00 PM EST to answer any questions you may not have had the chance to ask during the original October 24th Office Hours.

If you have questions on the NFPA 70E standard or if you want to know what the ties are between NFPA 70E and OSHA please join Michael on Reddit.

Please create a Redditaccount prior to the Q&A. Hope to see you on Reddit!

Halloween
As Halloween approaches, ghosts and jack-o-lanterns will begin to illuminate neighborhood streets. Before you get swept up in the ghoulish spirit, keep in mind that many decorations, especially those of electrical nature, can pose serious risks. Follow these safety tips and make sure your Halloween is as safe as it is fun.

Home Decorations
Some decorations are graded for outdoor use, others indoor only. Make sure you know which one you have before placing them on the lawn for trick-or-treaters to trample. Luckily, electrical products come with labels marked “for outdoor use only.” While you’ve got your reading glasses on, look for UL, ETL-SEMKO, or CSA testing approval.

Securing Power Cords
Just because you’re dressed as Rambo, doesn’t mean you should dust off the nail gun to hang up one string of lights. In fact using nails or staples at all can cause damage to a cord’s insulation and cause a fire and shock hazard. Try using zip ties instead and leave a little slack for when it’s time to cut them down.

Electrical Outlets and Power Source
It is also important that these outdoor decorations be plugged into the proper receptacles. Make sure that they are protected by ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCIs.  For an in depth look into GFCIs and the National Electrical Code, check out the breakdown segmentfrom last month’s nec connect Webisode.

Visibility and Safety
Never underestimate a person’s ability to not see something. Especially if they're looking through two holes in a bed sheet. For this reason, keep electrical cords away from doorways and places that people will be walking. This will not only prevent tripping, but further hazards from wires being torn out of sockets.

Unplug Decorations Before Bed or Leaving The House
“Did I leave the oven on?” is a typical question to ask before leaving the house. But we’re not used to asking ourselves, “Did I unplug Frankenstein?”
Go ahead and give yourself a reminder to turn off all electrical decorations and put out any open flames before calling it a night or leaving for the weekend. 

From the NFPA, have a safe, and fun Halloween.    

Cooking-equipment related fires are a leading cause of U.S. fire loss. Beginning in the mid 1980’s, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and home appliance industry undertook a comprehensive reviewof strategies to mitigate death, injury and property loss from cooking fires. All strategies were engineering strategies defined by a condition to be detected (e.g., overheat of pan or food in pan, absence of person actively engaged in cooking process, early-stage fire on stovetop) and an action to be taken (e.g., shut off cooking heat, sound alarm, suppress fire). As part of this study, a comprehensive review of existing technologies was done.

In 2010, the Foundation conducted a study supported by NIST to develop this action plan. The study focused particularly on prevention technologies suitable for use on or with home cooking appliances. and consisted of a literature and technology review; the development of an enhanced technology evaluation methodology based on an in-depth review of cooking fire statistics; and the evaluation of currently available technologies using this methodology. The project culminated with a one day workshop of 35 leaders from the kitchen appliance, fire service, and user communities who met to review the above findings and identify gaps in information. The highest priority action item identified at that workshop toward implementation of commercially available cooking fire mitigation technologies was: "Develop standard fire scenarios and create test methods and performance criteria which can feed into standards development"

This report presents the results of a follow on project to gather data towards this goal.

 


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Police cordon off the Santika Pub on January 1, 2009. The event helped prompt the government of Thailand to consider adopting new and stricter fire codes for nightclubs and other occupancies. (Photo: AP/Wide World)




The Associated Press reports that an appeals court this week cleared a nightclub owner of any responsibility for a deadly fire during a New Year's Eve celebration. Indoor pyrotechnics were to blame for the blaze at the Santika Pub in Bangkok that killed more than 60 people in 2009.

A lower court found owner Wisuk Sejsawat and executives from a lighting effects company guilty in 2011 of causing the deaths of people without intent, reports AP. All parties were sentenced to three years in prison, and the executives were also responsible for paying $279,000 in compensation to the victims' families.

The Appeals Court, however, overturned Sejsawat's conviction this week. While the judges said he could have been responsible for a lack of exit signs, emergency lighting, and prominently displayed floor plans, he did not directly cause the fire, states the story.


 

Learn more about the incident at Santikaand its aftermathin +NFPA Journal+, and follow these NFPA safety tips if entering places of public assembly:


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A new Fire Protection Research Foundation report has been published, titled, "Parameters for Indirect Viewing of Visual Signals Used in Emergency Notification." This report was authored by John D. Bullough, Nicholas P. Skinner, and Yiting Zhu of the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


A previous Foundation study on visual emergency notification suggested that a flashing light should increase the illuminance on the opposite wall by at least 7% in order for this increase to be detected reliably when being viewed indirectly.  This new report describes the results from a series of human factors experiments that investigated this suggestion. 


 

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Australia
Nearly 100 bushfires are reported burning across New South Wales state this week, threatening the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia's largest city, according to fire officials. The fires have already destroyed more than two hundred homes in the Blue Mountains region and one person has died. Firefighters continue to battle three particular blazes, concerned that they could turn into one "mega-fire" that would force Sydney residents to evacuate.

Reports on Tuesday forecasted hot, dry weather and strong winds for the next few days in addition to isolated storms, which were predicted to hit Blue Mountains earlier this week. Australian meteorologists have commented that it is unlikely there will be enough rain from these storms to dampen the fires and say they are concerned that high winds and even lightning could cause even further damage.

The causes of the Blue Mountains fires are being investigated and according to news reports, officials are looking into whether one major blaze was caused by a military training exercise.

NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division is concerned about these communities and continues to keep an eye on the situation. 

For more information on bushfires in Australia, check out an article in the special September 2011 wildfire issue of NFPA Journal, "Stay or Go," which provides a glimpse into Australia's wildfire policy and the current state of wildfire in the country.

- by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra

On Thursday, October 24, NFPA will be hosting a "member-only" online presentation, "NFPA 70E – A Discussion about OSHA, Compliance, Training and Certification".

This presention, part of NFPA's "Office Hours" series, will feature:

  • David M. Wallis, Director, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance will explain the relationship between OSHA and NFPA 70E and the consequences of non-compliance.
  • Michael Fontaine, NFPA Senior Electrical Engineer will discuss why it is valuable to go beyond the NFPA 70E handbook and train to stay compliant.
  • Leon Katcharian, NFPA Director of Certification will provide an overview of the new NFPA 70E certification.

NFPA members: register now for this free presentation!

NFPA 70E is the Standard for Electrical Safety in the workplace. Learn more, view NFPA 70E online for free.

CESCPNFPA is pleased to announce the new Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) certification program, created to encourage electrical safety within the industry. The program is based on NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2012 Edition, which sets requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. 

The CESCP certification program consists of a set of eligibility requirements, a 100 question computer-based examination, and a set of recertification requirements that must be completed within a three (3) year time period following initial certification. 

Program application forms can be found in the CESCP candidate handbook as well as online at www.nfpa.org/cescp. Participants have twelve (12) months after they are accepted as a CESCP applicant to take and pass the exam.  Once you become CESCP certified, you must recertify every three (3) years. 

For more information on this new program, check out the official news release.

How is the fire protection industry addressing green construction and technology? Sign up to attend the Fire Protection Research Foundation's Fire Safety and Sustainabile Building Design Symposium and learn about some of the issues and solutions identified throughout the industry. The 2 day event will be held in Chicago on November 7th-8th at the Courtyard Chicago Downtown . We have some really great speakers lined up from RJA, UL, FM Global, ARUP, NIST, WPI, BRE and many more. Check out a few of the presentation topics:

  • NIST Metrics and Tools for Sustainable Building Speaker: Barbara Lippiatt, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • The Integral Role of Fire Protection in SustainabilitySpeaker: Lou Gritzo, Vice President and Manager of Research, FM Global
  • Safety Challenges of Green Buildings Speaker: Brian Meacham, Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
  • Is "performance-based" fire protection the best way to work towards sustainable building goals?Speaker: Ray Grill, Principal, Arup
  • What are the developers of automatic sprinkler systems doing to support sustainability needs of building?Speaker: Russ Fleming, President, National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)

Learn more about the symposium and schedule HERE. You can earn 1.0 CEUs (10 hours). Hope to see you there!

-Tracy Golinveaux

The Foundation's symposium on the next five years in fire and electrical safety will explore major societal trends likely to affect fire safety and shape our protection strategies.  

Our session on the changing nature of building contents will feature Jan Lagerblad, the Director of Risk Management for IKEA, a global leader in home furnishings.  The Panel:

Dr. Fred Mowrer, Director of Fire Protection Engineering Programs at CalPoly, will discuss the changing fire hazard presented by furnishings

Peter Holland, Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor for the UK Government will reflect on the global implications of changing building contents for emergency response.

Dr. Tom Hales, Senior Epidemiologist, NIOSH, will explore the health and safety implications of these changes for the fire service.

And Dr. Louis Gritzo, Vice President, Research for FM Global Corporation, will describe the impact for the global property insurance industry.

Join us for the conversation on November 13, 14 in Washington, DC. Registration is limited - register now to ensure a place at the table.

NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, and NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications:

  • NFPA 58, Errata 58-14-1, referencing 11.3.2.2 and 14.2.2.2(4) of the 2014 edition and issued on October 8, 2013
  • NFPA 1001, Errata 1001-13-1, referencing 5.3 of the 2013 edition and issued on October 16, 2013

An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the document.

    From 2006-2010, decorations were the first item ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year. During that same time fire departments responded to an estimated 11,640 home structure fires that were started by candles.

     

    Because of statistics like these, NFPA provides safety tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween:

    • When      choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If      you are making your own costume, choose material that won't easily ignite      if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a      mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
    • Dried      flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and      other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources,      including light bulbs and heaters.
    • If you      choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at      all times.
    • Remember      to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
    • Tell      children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop,      drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping      immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and      rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
    • Use      flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating      walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose      costumes may brush against the lighting.

    Halloween safe

    Check out the official news release for more safety tips and statistics. You can also send a Sparky e-card to celebrate the holiday or share a Sparky Be Safe Halloween Coloring Sheet with a child.

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    This year, electrical experts and professionals across the country were able to put their knowledge and experience to the test with the launch of the NEC Challenge. This week, the Challenge made its final stop of the year in Washington D.C. at the NECA Conference and Trade Show where attendees learned what it takes to compete in the NEC Challenge.

    More than 200 participants at the trade show, as well as all those following along with @NFPA on Twitter, had the chance to show off their code expertise to win an iPad, a copy of the 2014 NEC and the pride of rising to the NEC Challenge.

    Although it only takes one correct answer to earn an entry into the drawing for an iPad and a copy of the 2014 NEC, NECA attendees soon learned that code mastery pays off when competing to win the Leaderboard by answering the most code questions in a row.

    The NECA NEC Challenge Leaderboard winner was a familiar face. Joe Brinley, a JATC School Coordinator from Virginia, took home the prize with 14 correct answers. Joe first played the NEC Challenge at NTI in Ann Arbor. But it was at NECA that Joe was able to rise above the rest as he battled back to win the NEC Challenge Leaderboard and cement his name in archives of code knowledge supremacy. 

    Through an incredible turn of events, the leaderboard’s third place finisher Bill Bartnik of Vestal, N.Y. won the drawing of nearly 200 entries. Bill’s weekend was an emotional rollercoaster after seeing his day and a half stint in the top spot on the Leaderboard overrun by Joe late on the second day of the three day show. Unable to top an impressive 14 straight answers, Bill had all but given up on taking home a prize. But, Bill’s three entries in the drawing that he earned by returning each day to take on the Challenge paid off when his name was drawn for the second iPad and copy of the 2014 NEC at the conclusion of the trade show.

    If you want your chance to take on the NEC Challenge, keep your eyes peeled for more ways to play! Follow @NFPA on Twitter for your upcoming information on when and where you can play the NEC Challenge, and stay tuned to NFPA.org and necconnect.org for details on the first-ever NEC Challenge Championship, coming soon…

    Thank you to all the participants and @NECAConvention for a great show! And, congratulations to our winners Bill Bartnik and Joseph Brinley!

    Join us on November 13-14 in Washington DC for the Fire Protection Research Foundation's symposium on the key issues likely to affect fire and electrical safety in the next five years.

    A featured session addresses the changing materials landscape and how trends in green building may affect fire safety. In addition:

    • Bill Walsh, Executive Director of the Healthy Building Network, will paint a future picture of the materials and technologies that will compose a healthy and sustainable building.
    • Dr. Thomas Chapin, Vice President, Research, Underwriters Laboratories, will discuss how these materials will impact fire safety in tomorrow's buildings.
    • Russ Fleming, President, National Fire Sprinkler Association, will describe how sprinkler technology has and is evolving to meet the increasing challenges of water supply for firefighting
    • Fiona Cousins, Associate, Arup, will present innovative building design features designed to maintain fire safety in sustainable buildings. 
    • Dr. Gavin Horn, IFSI Director of Research, University of Illinois will illustrate the emerging challenges for the fire service in these buildings.

    Join us for the conversation! Space is limited so register now.

    - by NFPA's Kathleen Almand

     

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     is now available. In this issue, you’ll find:


      • Sparky
        website wins Parents' Choice Award

      • New
        wildfire tip sheet

      • NFPA
        receives FEMA grant to reach high-risk students

      • A
        fire department responds to a fire in the U.S. every 23 seconds 

    And more! &quot;Safety Source&quot; is NFPA’s monthly public education e-newsletter. Don&#39;t miss an issue!&#0160;[Sign up now | http://ebm.cheetahmail.com/r/regf2?a=0&aid=272412627&n=200] and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.

    In honor or [Fire Prevention Week | http://www.fpw.org/] this year, NFPA is hosting a series of four contests, one per month, through December. The second in that series, October's contest, is now open and will be accepting entries though October 26th at midnight. At the end of each month's contest, one lucky randomly selected winner from all those who participated, will be chosen to win an Apple® iPad mini®. Congratulations to September's winner, Tamara Matthews of Chicago, IL!


    For your chance to win October's iPad Mini, we're asking that you view a new FPW music video - found at [www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest | http://www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest]. Then, answer the [short quiz | http://www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest] we've developed underscoring the key takeaways of the video before midnight on October 26th.


    Good luck to everyone! Also, be sure to check back in November for the third contest in our series. 

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    Don't miss out! There's still time to register for NFPA's Backyards & Beyond Conference, which will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14-16, 2013. This wildfire safety education conference will have dozens of informative education sessions, many of which will focus on the pressing issues facing the wildfire industry today. Join like-minded WUI residents, fire professionals, community leaders and others at this one-of-a-kind event! 

    We also know that some of you have been affected by the recent government shutdown and could not register in the last few weeks. Rest assured that we have extended our early-bird deadline and will continue to honor the early-bird rates. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

    Visit www.nfpa.org/backyardsandbeyond for more information and to register. We look forward to seeing you!

    - by NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra

    October is a busy time for teachers.  Classes Ebook_screenshot_big
    roll into high gear and in many areas, students participate in high stakes, standardized testing.  As we know, Fire Prevention Week also takes place in October.  Fire and Life Safety educators visit hundreds of schools throughout the month.  Many great FPW stories and photos have crossed my desk over the past week.  Firefighters are working hard to support standards-based instruction and the public education division at NFPA helps by developing free, digital teaching tools aligned to the Common Core.  If you haven’t seen them yet, check out theSparky’s Birthday Surprise app and the Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts e-book for great resources.

    We are thankful for the Fire and Life Safety educators who run special safety sessions in October.  I urge everyone to also thank the teachers and school administrators who open their doors for important fire safety presentations, lessons, and events.  We are fortunate so many teachers are willing to share time in their busy schedules to help students learn to be fire safe.  We know the work teachers do is challenging and every minute of the school day is valuable.  Partnerships between schools and local fire departments are an important for community risk reduction programs and go a long way in keeping kids and families safe from fire.

    - by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed

    The Report of the Motions Committee addresses four Fall 2013 documents with Certified Amending Motions for consideration at the Association Technical Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on June 9-12, 2014:

    • NFPA 37, Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines
    • NFPA 731, Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems
    • NFPA 750, Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems
    • NFPA 1192, Standard on Recreational Vehicles

    This Report also identifies a list of 10 Consent Documents receiving no NITMAMS and, therefore, will be forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council for issuance on November 12, 2013.

    The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, is being published for public review and comment:

    Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the December 6, 2013 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

    Fire Engineering
    In his October 2013 Fire Engineering editorial, Chief Bobby Halton talks about the power of words and the value of NFPA Standards. Chief Halton writes that despite inaccurate perceptions regarding the embracing of new technology and methods, the American fire service is actually in the forefront when it comes to adapting and responding to changes in technology and society. As examples, Chief Halton refers to the 2013 editions of NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, and NFPA 1852, Selection, Care and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). These standards, developed with the assistance of the fire service, feature changes that reflect what is actually happening in the fire environment. As the Chief writes, "We are adapting the technology to the way we work and where we work."

    To read the complete editorial, please see page 6 of theOctober 2013 edition of Fire Engineering

    - By NFPA's Dave Trebisacci

    The Organization of Fire Fighters of the Americas (Organización de Bomberos Americanos or OBA) recently held their Executive Committee Meeting. The Paraguay Volunteer Fire Chiefs hosted this year's meeting, which coincided with the Fire Chief's 35th Anniversary Celebration! 

    Below is a photo of the Chiefs from Paraguay Volunteer Fire Service and OBA Executive Committee members.  NVFC and NFPA share a board member seat, and Chief Stittleburg represented NFPA during the board meeting and anniversary celebration.    

    OBA group

    Below, Chief Stittleburg awards a 35thanniversary plaque on behalf of NFPA to the Paraguay Volunteer Fire Department.

    35th anniversary

    Congratulations on the 35th anniversary milestone, Paraguay Volunteer Fire Chiefs, and a big thanks for hosting the OBA meeting!

    In an article published this week on Consulting-Specifying Engineer, David Joseph LeBlanc, PE, FSFPE, at Rolf Jensen & Associates, says that commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems take a "no-nonsense approach" that helps validate intended system design, performance criteria, and proper installation and operation of these systems.

    NFPA 3Mr. LeBlanc serves on the NFPA Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 3, a document that outlines  the commissioning process and integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems, to ensure systems perform in conformity with the design intent. Learn more about NFPA 3, and view the document for free online.

    "Although the document has been out for over a year, many people do not know of its existence or fully understand it," he wrote. "Understanding the process outlined in NFPA 3 related to commissioning of fire protection and life safety systems is critical."

    In his article on Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mr. LeBlanc offers up a list of 10 key items that project managers need to know about commissioning fire protection and life safety systems.

    http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b000c7b73970c-piThe following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 59A, Standard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), is being published for public review and comment:

    Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the December 6, 2013 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

    Read the NFPA Standards Council preliminary minutes for results of items addressed at its meeting on July 29-August 1, 2013 at NFPA Headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts.

    At its meeting, the Council considered some of the following items:

    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.

    66412The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 664, Standard for the Prevention http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b000ced6b970d-piof Fire and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities, is being published for public review and comment:

    Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the December 6, 2013 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

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    It&#39;s all a part of NFPA&#39;s 2013 Fire Prevention Week  campaign. The theme of this year&#39;s campaign is &quot;Prevent Kitchen Fires&quot;. Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen thatn in any other place in the home?


     

    This year, we&#39;re thrilled that an article called &quot;10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking Safety&quot; by NFPA&#39;s Amy LeBeau was featured on The Huffington Post -- a great vehicle to help spread the message about cooking fire safety to a whole new audience.


     

    Learn more about kitchen fire safety and this year&#39;s Fire Prevention Week campaign .</p>

     

    As new NFPA research indicates, upholstered furniture plays a significant role in residential fire spread, injury, and death. As this issue gains more attention, how is the codes and standards community addressing the problem?


     

    NFPA Journal tackled this question in a recent feature story, which provides an overview of flammability testing standards already on the books, including the widely used California standard known as TB 117, and recent action by NFPA's Standards Council addressing the potential development of a new NFPA test standard.


     

    Tracy Vecchiarelli, a fire protection engineer with NFPA, highlights the need for this new test standard in the following video:


    NFPA’s September 2013 report, Manufactured Home Fires shows that manufactured homes are as safe as so-called site-built homes.

    The fire death rate per 100,000 occupied housing units was roughly the same as the rate for other one- or two-family homes.  The 1976 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban  Development (HUD) construction standards which required smoke alarms, escape windows, and flame
    resistant wall coverings were the principal driver in making these manufactured homes safer. 

    Manufactured homes built since 1976 have lower fire rates and fire death rates than homes built before 1976.  These lower rates persisted even as those “new” units got old.   CivilianDeaths

    I should note the HUD standards were largely taken from NFPA’s voluntary consensus standard of the time. NFPA continues to update two standards related to manufactured housing, NFPA 501 and NFPA 501A. The increased safety of the manufactured homes built since 1976 shows how fire safety requirements help save lives.  However, the job is not yet done.  During 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 11,400 structure fires in manufactured homes per year that killed an average of 206 people annually.  Most of these deaths could have been prevented if residential sprinklers had been present.  The codes now call for sprinklers in all new site-built homes, and the same arguments apply just as strongly to manufactured homes.   

    NFPA pointed the way to more safety in 1976, and we are still pointing the way today, but success is a team effort.  Congratulations to HUD and the industry. 

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    NFPA is hiring across many departments and many positions right now! Each position, unless otherwise noted, will be based in the Quincy, MA headquarters. Take a look at the list below to see if you may be a fit, or forward along to anyone you may know who might. 

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    TVA family of three had a jarring experience this week when their TV set burst into flames during the early-morning hours.

    According to the Franklin Sun Journal, one of the residents dozed off with the flat screen TV on and was awoken by the fire, which spread to a nearby dresser. Firefighters doused the flames with a fire extinguisher and vented the home with pressure fans. The residents and their two dogs weren't injured and were allowed back in the home after the incident.

    How common are TV fires? According to an NFPA report, there were an estimated 1,800 non-confined home structure fires involving entertainment equipment each year from 2003 to 2006. Incidents involving TV sets accounted for the largest share of these fires. Review the report, "Home Fires Involving Entertainment Equipment," for more information. 

    Visit-the-neca-home-page5E66BE91FC81Nearly 300 code professionals and experts have taken on the NEC Challenge thus far, and starting Sunday, as NFPA heads to NECA in Washington D.C., you have one more chance to prove you know the code.

    Those who stop by booth #653 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will have the chance to be entered into a drawing for a free iPad and a copy of the all-new 2014 NEC by answering a question about the NEC correctly.

    Want to earn your free iPad by proving you know the code better than the rest? Continue to take on the challenge, earning a point for each additional NEC question you answer correctly in a row. The top five scores of the trade show will be featured on our leaderboard, and the player in the top spot of the conclusion of the show walks away with their own iPad and a copy of the 2014 NEC, plus a chance to compete at a later date among our previous two NEC Challenge leaderboard winners to earn the title of NEC Challenge Champion.

    Even those who won’t be attending NECA in D.C. can still take on the challenge. Simply follow along with the @NFPA Twitter page and the #NECchallenge hash tag, where questions about 2014 NEC will be released throughout the trade show. Respond with the correct answer within an hour of the question being posted and your name will be entered into our drawing. We’ll be releasing challenge questions and opportunities for you to enter starting Sunday, October 13 through the conclusion of the trade show on Tuesday, October 15. 

    So rush up on those code handbooks, ladies and gentleman, and let the final installment of the 2013 NEC Challenge begin!

    For additional information and updates about the 2014 NEC and the NEC Challenge, register at necconnect.org.

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    When he was growing up in the 1940s, Joseph Patrick Ryan spent many hours in the South Boston Boys Club where he learned to swim, play basketball, and box. He was so popular that the club declared him “mayor” in 1945. Part of his duties included helping to promote Fire Prevention Week. Fourteen-year-old Joseph and an officer with the Boston Fire Department were photographed for the local
    newspaper with that year’s FPW poster, which read, “We burned the enemy. Now save yourself from fire.”


     

    Recently, Joseph’s son, Sean Ryan, decided to reenact the photo. He and his 13-year-old son, Timothy, donned FPW T-shirts and posed with this year’s poster at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. For Sean, who has been working at NFPA for about a year, it was a fitting tribute to his late father and a way for Timothy to learn more about his grandfather’s childhood.


     

    - by NFPA&#39;s Lisa Braxton</p>

    According to a recent report released by the NFPA, 540 civilian deaths in the United States were attributed to smoking material fires in 2011, a 30 year low that is well down from 1980 levels. In 2011, there were an estimated 90,000 smoking material fires resulting in $621 million in direct property damage.

    The decline in smoking, the effect of standards and regulations that have made mattresses and upholstered furniture more resistant to cigarette ignition, and more recently, adoption of fire-safe cigarette requirements throughout the country, are factors the report credits with the 73 percent decrease in smoking material fire deaths over the past 31 years.

    From their research, NFPA has developed safety information, including safety tips focusing on safe behavior, storage, and disposal of smoking materials:

    • Use a      deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
    • Before      going to bed, check under furniture cushions and around places where      people smoke for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight.
    • Keep      cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of      the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
    • Never      smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to      ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal and      can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

    For more information about the report check out the official news release.

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    Happy Fire Prevention Week! Fire safety is in the air this week. I love all the worksheets that are coming home from school, all the news stories reaching out and teaching people how to keep safe from fire. This is by far, my favorite week. We received some great news yesterday that Sparky's Birthday Surprise app was #1 on Amazon's Best Sellers list!

    People everywhere are sharing this great storybook app with the kids in their lives. Help us spread the word and download for your kids today. Did I mention the app is FREE? What people are saying:

    Let us know what you think.

    - by NFPA's Amy LeBeau

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    As one of NFPA&#39;s senior electrical engineers, Michael Fontaine has a hand in developing the codes and standards that safeguard facilities from electrical hazards. (He&#39;s NFPA&#39;s staff liaison for NFPA 70E®, +Electrical Safety in the Workplace®,+ and NFPA 70B, +Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance.+) On a recent tour of the new Smuttynose brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, he got a taste of the electrical ingenuity that went into keeping such hazards at bay.

    The +Hampton Union +highlighted Fontaine&#39;s tour of the brewery, which is set to open by the end of the year. For instance, he was shown the safety features of the facility&#39;s electrical switchboard, including a unique labeling system for power distribution and information on protective gear. Fontaine was also pleased with the stainless steel enclosures that waterproof electrical equipment and the installation of ground-fault circuit interrupters. &quot;There&#39;s real nice features here for protecting people,&quot; he told the Hampton Union. &quot;Real nice features.&quot;

     

    Take your own tour of the facility by reading the article.</p>

    NFPA's own Ken Willette, division manager of public fire protection, appeared on the Today Show this morning with Willie Geist and Natalie Morales to discuss Fire Prevention Week. Together they discuss many fire safety issues, including cooking fires, fire extinguishers, and car fires. Watch the full clip below!

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    Watch this video on the Today Show website. 

    "I burn things for a living," says Dan Madrzykowski in a recent article for The Washington Post website. The statement is quite the understatement, since Madrzykowski, leader of the Firefighting Technology Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has an array of responsibilities, many of which are relevant to NFPA's mission. (He also sits on NFPA's Fire Investigations Committee and Fire Service Training Committee.)

    Earlier this month, Madrzykowski was honored as one of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal recipients for his extensive analysis on fire behavior that aims to improve everything from fire suppression tactics to firefighter gear. “His science-based recommendations are critical for the fire service,  where many firefighters do not have an understanding of fire dynamics,” Anthony Hamins, chief of NIST’s Fire Research Division, tells The Washington Post. “He is  leading a transformational change in fire service thinking.”

    Check out a recent article in NFPA Journal describing Madrzykowski's involvement in cooking fire prevention, and this video featuring him:

    2013 Service to America Medals from Partnership for Public Service on Vimeo.

    Each week, nec connect, NFPA’s online resource for all things related to the National Electrical Code® (NEC®), offers a question and answer about the Code, electrical safety, wiring, guidelines, and equipment, and other timely topics. Here is this week's question: 

    Question: Are there some significant differences between the NEC® and 2015 NFPA 79 (Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery) requirements?

    Answer: Yes. To highlight the differences and peculiar conditions involved with machine tools that warrant exception to certain specific NEC requirements, 11.5.1.2 was revised to address the use of control cabinets on machines as opposed to them seldom being used in NEC applications and reads:
    The width of the working space in front of control cabinets and compartments shall be the width of the opening of the control cabinet, or 762 mm (30 in), whichever is greater. Where control equipment or devices are mounted on or through the fixed area around the opening into the control cabinet or compartment, the width of the working space in front of the control cabinet or compartment shall include the width of the fixed area containing the control equipment and devices.

    Further, 11.5 had language added to address what rules apply, those of the NEC or NFPA 79 when Industrial Machines are involved.

    Working Space for cabinets and compartments that contain supply conductors to Industrial Machinery, that are covered by NEC Article 670 shall be in accordance with the NEC.

    This change correlates the NFPA 79 requirements with the Informational Note to 670.1 in the NEC. The terms cabinets and compartments are used to be consistent with the terminology within the document. An (*) was added to point to the newly added Annex A material. This addresses the directive of the Correlating Committee note 1 to reconsider the actions on Public Input 94. The Annex material provides drawings that clearly show where the scope of each document applies.

    Additionally, several exceptions already exist in 11.5 to address the specific working space conditions of industrial machinery.

    Join the nec connect community today. It’s your one-stop shop for residential and industrial electrical safety, whether you are an installer, designer, inspector or policy maker. Join fellow contractors and engineers, and sample the latest video content, articles and more from industry experts. It’s free and takes just a minute to register.

    We are glad to see that fire safety is an important issue that everyone can agree is worth our time and attention this week. In honor of Fire Prevention Week 2013, the following Presidential Proclamation has been issued; 

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Fires take more American lives than all other natural disasters combined. They inflict devastating tolls on families and communities, and they cost our Nation billions of dollars each year. During Fire Prevention Week, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to pull their neighbors out of harm's way, and pledge to do our part to prevent fires in our homes, our cities, and the great outdoors.

    We all have a responsibility to protect our families against fire. We should be cautious while cooking, using electrical appliances, and heating our homes. Those who live in areas prone to wildfires can help safeguard their homes by clearing flammable vegetation, and they should plan for emergencies by building a supply kit and talking with their families about a communications plan and evacuation routes. Every American should install working smoke detectors on each level of their home and remember to test them monthly. It is also essential to develop and practice evacuation plans twice a year. Because fire spreads rapidly and poisonous, disorienting smoke moves even quicker, families should design plans that allow for the quickest possible exit. To learn more about taking precautions against fires, visit www.Ready.gov.

    By preventing fires, we can both protect our loved ones and keep America's firefighters out of unnecessary danger. To save people they have never met, these skilled professionals battle walls of flame, put themselves in the paths of unpredictable wildfires, and rush into houses on the verge of collapse. This week, as we renew our commitment to fire safety, we thank these courageous first responders for their service and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim October 6 through October 12, 2013, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 6, 2013, in accordance with Public Law 107-51, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff at all Federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. I call on all Americans to participate in this observance with appropriate programs and activities and by renewing their efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

    BARACK OBAMA

    NFPA President Jim Shannon is speaking out about the lawsuit that NFPA and two other standards development organizations (SDOs) recently filed against Public.Resource.org to stop it from infringing on copyrights and trademarks.

    The lawsuit, filed by NFPA, ASTM International, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), seeks to stop Public.Resource.org from copying and uploading copyrighted standards developed by private sector SDOs. The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages -- but simply asks Public.Resource.org to stop the illegal posting of copyright protected materials.

    In a recent interview, Jim Shannon said that for more than a century, the private sector and government entities have relied on independent SDOs to develop voluntary consensus standards.

    "The whole system is funded because we're able to own the copyrights of those codes and standards," he said, "and we thought that the action taken by Public.Resource.org threatens our future, our ability to continue our work, and the whole system of standards development that the public and governmental agencies rely on."

     

    Learn more about the lawsuit against Public.Resource.org and the value of standards development organizations.


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    The congregation filed out in orderly fashion, led to the designated meeting places by the deacons and ministerial staff. We waited patiently in a light drizzle as the Newton Fire Department conferred with church leadership before giving us the signal permitting us back in the building. It was a great way to start a Sunday morning.


     

    - by NFPA&#39;s Lisa Braxton</p>

    A fire last week involving a Tesla Model S on a Kent, WA, roadway highlighted the importance of emergency responders knowing how to deal with incidents involving electric and hybrid vehicles. NFPA has an entire web site devoted to keeping emergency responders up-to-date on how to deal with these types of incidents.

    Ken Willette, who heads up NFPA's Public Fire Protection division, says the fire service knows that responding to an electric and hybrid vehicle incident is not much different than responding to an incident involving an internal combustion engine. One difference, he notes, is the possibility of stored energy in the vehicle battery -- and care must be taken not to penetrate the battery or cut any of the cabling that could be carrying the current.

    NFPA offers a Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Emergency Field Guide, newly updated with technical data and information about 32 vehicles -- all reviewed by auto manufacturers. It's your source for the latest facts on safe response to electric and hybrid vehicle incidents involving damaged high voltage batteries, battery fires, extrication challenges, submersion, and charging stations.

    For more information on the recent EV battery tests, please visit www.nfpa.org/evbatterytests

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    LEGO team members join Sparky the Fire Dog and Boston Fire Museum volunteers for a photo.  Can you find the firefighter made from LEGO bricks? 

    Hundreds visited the Boston Fire Museum in Massachusetts on the eve of Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) to build on their fire safety knowledge.  The event, hosted by NFPA and LEGO CITY®, featured a life-size firefighter made of LEGO bricks and the opportunity to work with a LEGO master builder to create a giant fire department shield.  Sparky the Fire Dog® delighted children and adults alike and the Boston Fire Department parked trucks outside and offered tours.  Massachusetts Department of Fire Services displayed a stovetop fire scenario and showcased their special operations rehabilitation vehicle, which is used by firefighters at incident scenes. Guests toured the museum sporting red fire helmets and gathering handfuls of fire safety information.  Joe Molis, NFPA employee and Lieutenant with the Providence Fire Department (Rhode Island) and others participated in interviews that will be used in the fire safety campaign that NFPA and LEGO is collaborating on to capture attention for fire safety this FPW and beyond.  Visit www.nfpa.org/lego to download safety tips sheets that were co-developed by LEGO and NFPA and stay tuned to the page and the blog for updates on this campaign. 

     

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    A vehicle fire this week in Kent, WA involving a battery powered vehicle highlights the purpose of NFPA’s Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Safety Training and other resources we provide.

    Based on preliminary reports, on Wednesday (2/Oct/2013) a Tesla Model S caught fire after a portion of the battery, mounted under the passenger compartment, was struck by a metal object in the roadway. The driver was uninjured as he immediately pulled off at the next off-ramp when the warning lights went off in the car. As flames began to come from the underside of the vehicle, the Kent Fire Department arrived on scene, deployed a hose line, and called for a second engine company. The two companies were successful in extinguishing the Lithium ion battery although conventional car fire tactics needed to be adjusted for the electric vehicle.

    EVEFG-2013-Cover_Page_1The NFPA, through a grant from the Department of Energy awarded in 2009, developed first responder training for electric and hybrid vehicles. Also in July 2013, the Fire Protection Research Foundation, along with Exponent, Inc., conducted a research project to develop “Best Practices for Emergency Response to Incidents Involving Electric Vehicles Battery Hazards: A Report on Full-Scale Testing Results.”

    In addition to the training, a Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Emergency Field Guide was created in order to assist all emergency responders in identifying and utilizing proper procedures for these types of incidents. The guide has specific response information directly from each manufacturer’s Emergency Response Guide for all current hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S.

    For more information about EV Safety Training, visit our website at http://www.evsafetytraining.org/.

    -Matthew Sears

    NFPA announced today that Ontario, Canada will be transitioning from the Ontario Fire Service Standards to NFPA Pro-Qual Standards in 2014. The change is intended to provide a more consistent learning experience for students, establish a modernized process, and meet the requirements of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.

    The Pro Board was created 1990 to establish an international standard of achievement in the fire service and related fields. The Pro Board accredits organizations that use NFPA standards to develop training programs for public fire departments, both career and volunteer. Graduates are recognized as being competent and Pro Board Certified in a particular skill.

    Ontario firefighters will be able to achieve National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certification that meets the requirements of NFPA standards. NFPA Pro-Qual Standards will recognize job experience, education and work completed in Ontario Fire College Diploma programs.

    For more information about the change, check out the official news release.

    In an effort to raise awareness for preventing home fires, LEGO® CITY and the NFPA announced a partnership today aimed at encouraging families to take measures to both prevent and plan for fire emergency.

    LegoCityThrough the partnership, both parent- and child-oriented fire prevention tips have been developed and are being distributed nationally in several ways. Parents can begin a family conversation about fire safety today by downloading tips from www.BuildTogether.com and can continue the conversation by participating in various events across the country this weekend:

    • Boston Fire Museum: a large-scale community building event on Saturday, October 5 kicks off Fire Prevention Week by bringing the local community together at the Boston Fire Museum to learn prevention tips from the Boston Fire Department and the NFPA. Families can also help a LEGO Master Builder assemble a larger-than-life Fire Department shield from LEGO bricks and see other larger-than-life fire-themed LEGO CITY models. Museum hours and location can be found here.
    • Home Depot: families who participate in the monthly Kids Workshop on Saturday, October 5 will receive NFPA and LEGO CITY fire prevention tips and a small, complimentary LEGO CITY building set, while supplies last. Workshop information and registration is available here.
    • Pottery Barn Kids: families who visit their local Pottery Barn Kids store on Sunday, October 6 will receive NFPA and LEGO CITY fire prevention tips and a free LEGO CITY mini firehouse model to build and add to their LEGO CITY collection. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Event information can be found here.
    • Local firehouse: Firehouses across the country also have access to NFPA and LEGO CITY materials, so families can continue building their safety plan and learn more about local community programs by contacting their local stations.

    Sample tips that the NFPA and LEGO CITY are offering include:

    • Build the Foundation – Since fire safety can be a serious topic, help your child feel more comfortable by working with them to construct your home out of a familiar medium such as LEGO bricks – addressing fire safety issues as you go. Point out that they should build and identify two ways out of each room, and that all doors and windows should open easily with a clear path for safe exit.
    • Find a Safe Place – Every fire evacuation plan should include a safe place to meet, like a tree, lamppost or neighbor’s porch, so your whole family can respond quickly to smoke alarms or other warning signs. Help children remember where that spot is by building it on their plan.
    • Practice You Fire Safety Plan – Act out your fire safety plan at least twice a year. This helps remind your child about the importance of things like keeping all exits clear and obstacles and helps to build confidence if they are ever faced with an emergency.
    • Be a Good Fire Chief – Being a good fire safety role model is as simple as practicing daily safety measures in front of your children. Things like ensuring there is an adult in the kitchen while food is cooking, storing matches and lighters out of the reach of children are a good start.
    • Make Home Inspections Fun – Visit Sparky.org and print out the "Sparky’s Home Safety Checklist" under ACTIVITIES. Walk through your home with kids, marking off the checklist. Involving the whole family in this regular activity ensures that everyone is prepared and on board with your fire safety procedures.

    For more about upcoming LEGO and NFPA partnership events check out the official news release. You can also view the Fire Prevention Week website for more info on FPW, fun family activities, and tips to keep your family safe from fire.

    Jobs
    NFPA is currently looking to hire a Senior Project Manager of our wildland fire community outreach programs, Firewise Communities and Fire Adapated Communities. This position will be located in either NFPA's Denver, CO office, or in the Quincy, MA headquarters. 

    The Senior Project Manager will independently plan and direct these two national community outreach programs. They will identify project objectives, coordinates resources, develop and monitor program budget including federal funding, and oversee team members to deliver project results.

    Complete job requirements and responsibilities can be found on our careers website. Think you are a good fit? Apply today!

    As the Foundation's symposium on The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety approaches on November 13,14 in Washington, DC, I'd like to preview some of the insights of our presenters - this time from the session on the Changing Urban Landscape.  

    Antony Wood, Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, will provide his global vision on the changing nature of our cities - from the Super Tall building phenomenon to the emerging range of building types and uses. 

    Dan O'Connor, Chief Technical Officer for Aon Fire Protection Engineering, will share his views on the implications of these changes on building fire safety and the pace of innovation in fire safety design.

    Carl Wren, Chief Engineer, Austin Fire Department, will explain how his department is adapting to this new environment.

    Adam Thiel, Chief, City of Alexandria Fire Department, will discuss emerging fire fighting tactics and other concerns of the emergency response community.

     

    Space is limited so please register now to ensure your space.

    Second graders from Martin Luther King Junior Education Center in Detroit, MI, were in for a treat Wednesday morning when they got to partake in the kick-off event for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week Partnership with Domino’s. The students participated in a variety of activities to learn about fire safety and even got a special visit from Sparky the Fire Dog.Sparky-Detroit

    The event, which was hosted by Detroit Fire Department – Engine 30, begins Domino’s partnership with NFPA and fire stations across the country to deliver pizzas and fire safety messages throughout Fire Prevention Week. Random customers will be chosen to have their pizza delivered by fire truck. If the customers who receive fire truck deliveries have working smoke alarms, their pizza is free! Fire trucks making deliveries will also be stocked with working smoke alarms and batteries to make sure every home delivered to during the campaign has working smoke alarms.

    The first pizza delivered via fire truck went out at 11 o’clock today with the help of Engine 30 and featured special guest Sparky the Fire Dog.

    For more information on the event, check out the official news release. More information about Fire Prevention week as well as activities and fire safety tips are available on the FPW website


    !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affc15d02970d-500wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affc15d02970d-500wi|alt=BB6EBB9593784212BDEE16A68D48D8EF.ashx|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=BB6EBB9593784212BDEE16A68D48D8EF.ashx|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affc15d02970d!In 1988, a series of explosions, followed by a devastating fire, destroyed the Piper Alpha,&#0160;the largest and oldest oil platform in the North Sea, killing&#0160;165 crew members and two members of the rescue vessel Sandhaven. It was the worst off-shore oil disaster in history. For the rest of the story, read &quot;North Sea Nightmare&quot; in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal.

    !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affbc8f59970d-500wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affbc8f59970d-500wi|alt=ECB509396565434E83C0C672EF268055.ashx|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=ECB509396565434E83C0C672EF268055.ashx|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affbc8f59970d!The 2014 edition of the&#0160;NEC includes important changes related to health care facilities designed to bring the electrical infrastructure requirements in line with the electrical power needs of current health care practices. A key change focuses on the terms used in those requirements.&#0160;For example, the term “emergency system” was deleted, and the essential electrical system of a hospital now consists of the equipment branch, the life safety branch, and the critical branch. For more on the changes to health care requirements in the NEC, read&#0160;Jeffrey Sargent&#39;s column &quot;Term Update&quot; in the September/October issue of&#0160;NFPA Journal.

    The NFPA Standards Council will be meeting on October 22-23, 2013 in San Diego, California. At this meeting, some of the topics the Council will address include:

    • act on the issuance and consider an appeal on proposed TIA on NFPA 22
    • act on the issuance of proposed TIAs on NFPA 54, NFPA 58, NFPA 70, NFPA 101, NFPA 1006, and NFPA 1403 
    • consider a request on a new document for structure dependent extraction tools using reversed hydraulic vegetable oil based hydraulic fluid, portable power units and battery powered units
    • consider the request of the Forest and Rural Fire Protection Committee to reorganize the project into two committees and to transfer responsibility of NFPA 1150
    • consider the request of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Committee regarding the possibility of transferring the responsibility of NFPA 408
    • consider requests from Committees to change titles and scopes
    • consider requests from Committees to change revision cycle schedules

    Read the full Council agenda for further information.

    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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    NFPA booth staff member Beth Kelley explains the NEC Challenge to trade show attendees.

    Just this past week, the NEC Challenge was back to give code experts another opportunity to show off their superior code knowledge, as NFPA traveled to Portland, Ore. for the 2013 IEC Convention and Trade Show.

    More than 100 participants at the trade show, as well as all those following along with @NFPA on Twitter, had the chance to use their knowledge of the NEC to win an iPad, a copy of the 2014 NEC and the pride of rising to the NEC Challenge.

    Participants earned an entry into the drawing for the iPad and a copy of the all-new 2014 NEC by answering just one question from the 2011 NEC correctly. However, the select few who proved themselves worthy could continue on to see if they could earn their copy of the 2014 NEC and an iPad by securing the top spot on our NEC Challenge leaderboard.

    The Leaderboard came to a showdown between Dedrea Vaubel of Portland, Ore. and Robert Watkins of Denver, Colo. Dedrea finished at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of day one with 13 correct answers. Robert, encouraged by answering five in a row on day one, returned on the second day to get 15 correct answers in a row, securing the top spot and the title of NEC Challenge Leaderboard Champion!

    In an equally impressive victory, David Evans of Lawrenceville, GA won the drawing of over 100 entries.

    If you want your chance to take on the NEC Challenge, it’s not too late. You can find us in less than two weeks at NECA in Washington, D.C. or stay tuned to @NFPA on Twitter for your chance to earn a spot in the final prize drawing.

    Thank you to all the participants and IEC for a fun show! And, congratulations to our winners David Evans and Robert Watkins!

    Older adultsThe number of U.S. adults classified as seniors continues to swell; by 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, people 65 years or older are expected to make up 19 percent of the population, compared to just under 14 percent in 2012.

    This group is also at a higher risk of dying in home fires than the general population. A new report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency concludes that fire and medical emergency services will need to develop a unique approach that addresses this aging population.

    Maria Figueroa, communications project manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, states in the latest edition of NFPA Journal that home fire sprinklers are an effective response. "We need to engage life safety professionals about the importance of home fire sprinklers," she says. "Millions of aging Americans deserve to enjoy the rest of their lives in new homes fully protected by this national code requirement."

    Read her column for more details.

    FPW quiz

    The theme of NFPA's 2013 Fire Prevention Week "Prevent Kitchen Fires." Take our free online quiz to test your kitchen fire safety IQ -- then share your results with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

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