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Not long ago, workers in the oil and gas, steel, and electrical industries had few, if any, preferred options with flame-resistant protective apparel. In an article, "Covering All the Bases" which first appeared in the December 2013 issue of Occupational Health & Safety, author Jay Skie says thanks to the actions of several organizations -- including the National Fire Protection Association, OSHA, and ASTM International -- workers exposed to flammable hazards can select from a variety of protective apparel to help reduce the likelihood and severity of injury during an accident. He says in recent years, many individuals have credited FR shirts, pants, and other garments with saving their lives.

In the article, Mr. Skie illustrates three ways that protective apparel has evolved to provide organizations and employees with improved protection, comfort, and peace of mind. Some of the NFPA documents he cites are:

Read Mr. Skie's full article.

Evac diagramsAll evacuation diagrams aren't created equal.

The latest "In Compliance" column in NFPA Journal discusses what important features these diagrams should include, and what should be left out. Guiding such requirements is NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, which lists where the diagrams are required to be posted in an occupancy and its specific features.

"Evacuation diagrams are certainly a good idea, provided they clearly and simply show occupants all of the choices available for evacuation," says columnist Chip Carson. Read all of Chip's tips in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.

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NFPA's Lorraine Carli and Everett Captain Tony Carli


When I began working at NFPA almost eight years ago, my youngest brother Tony was the only one in the family that knew what NFPA was.  In fact, he was pretty excited that I was going to be working here. He told me about the importance of codes and gave me a quick primer on fire safety, getting me off to a good start.


Tony had joined the Everett Fire Department in 2000, a few years after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and jumped in with both boots. In the last 13 years he has fought a lot of fires. He has also prevented countless others from occurring when he came off the line to work in code enforcement and fire prevention.

Today, as I oversee NFPA’s outreach and advocacy efforts I still call on him for his perspective. We talk often about the challenges in urban firefighting and the intersection with NFPA. The job of a firefighter is different than it was decades ago as we rely on our fire service to be the first line of defense and the offense for every conceivable disaster that could strike a community. We rely on them to think about and prepare for the unthinkable. We trust they will respond in times of need. We also count on them to be the delivers of critical fire safety information in their communities. All of these things combined make us all safer from fire and other hazards.

But what has not changed is the dedication and commitment of those that become firefighters. We should all be grateful that these men and women are there every single day.

Last night I was proud to see Tony become a captain in my hometown – Everett, MA. Congratulations!


- by NFPA&#39;s Lorraine Carli</p>

Cocoanut Grove Lane
Crowds braved the morning chill on November 30 during a ceremony in Boston honoring the 492 people who died as a result of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in 1942.Taking place on the street where the building once stood, the ceremony convened city officials, neighborhood advocates, survivors, and survivors' families to officially rename the small thoroughfare "Cocoanut Grove Lane." 

Survivors at the event--some gripping canes, others in wheelchairs--discussed the significance of the incident, which is still considered the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. For the 70th anniversary of the fire last year, NFPA launched the Cocoanut Grove Coalition, which aims to collect and conserve the event's stories and artifacts. (Read the feature story in NFPA Journal on how the coalition came to be.)

Here are some photos from the event. Keep your eyes peeled for a story on the ceremony in an upcoming issue of NFPA Journal. 

Survivor board
Attendees perused the names of the 492 people who lost their lives from the fire.
Sign unveiling
City officials unveiling the new road sign.

Road sign

Amazing Grace
Members of the Boston Police Department Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums perform "Amazing Grace."


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