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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

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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.


Sparky's fire-safety app #1

Posted by mikehazell Employee Oct 10, 2013


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>

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