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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 and 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 and 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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    In honor or [Fire Prevention Week |] 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 [ |]. Then, answer the [short quiz |] 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 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.

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