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Fire Adapted Communities
NFPA Journal
columnist Molly Mowery hits the "pause button" before 2014 makes its arrival to reflect on the successes of the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) initiative. Launched by a coalition that includes NFPA, the initiative helps U.S. communities find tools and resources to reduce wildfire risks.

"Budget cuts, record-breaking home losses, and wildland firefighter tragedies can also make it hard to remember positive outcomes we're seeing from our collective actions to mitigate wildland fire," says Mowery in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.

She highlights new resources, successes of the Firewise Communities/USA® program, and the launch of the FAC Learning Network, which targets U.S. communities with the goal of connecting people and resources to become fire-adapted. 

Read about all of the FAC successes in the November/December issue of Journal.

7014SBNFPA has issued the following errata on the 2014 edition of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®:

  • NFPA 70, Errata 70-14-2 referencing various sections of the 2014 edition, issuance: December 3, 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.

It's the first report we've seen this season of a Christmas tree fire. reports that a Christmas tree in an elementary school in Port Orange, FL, caught fire on Tuesday before classes started. The report says no students were injured, but eight classrooms were displaced by the fire. A school spokesperson is quoted as saying that the fire didn't cause much damage and it did not damage the school's electrical system. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious. On average, one of every 66 reported fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in death. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree started one of every five (18%) of these fires. Download a free copy of NFPA's "Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires" report. See NFPA's fact sheet for more information and free resources.

Even thought it's early in December, it's a good reminder that Christmas trees need to be watered regularly. This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.


Watch this video on YouTube.

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