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The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, and NFPA 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS), are being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the January 17, 2014 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

0291294F321D434F8D936913F15768FFIt was the deadliest earthquake in Japan’s history, destroying approximately 45 percent of Tokyo and 80 percent of Yokohama. The great Kanto earthquake of September 1, 1923, was of the same magnitude as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake—7.9 on the moment magnitude scale—but the damage it caused was far greater. An estimated 142,000 people died, almost 140,000 more than in San Francisco. For more on the earthquake, read "Looking Back" in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.

Space heatersAn ABC affiliate serving Knoxville, Tennesee, reported that a portable heater started a fire at a two-story home that injured two people, including a firefighter.

According to the news report, two adults in the home escaped the burning building before firefighters arrived at the scene. One had suffered minor burns on his head, and a firefighter was treated for charred debris that came in contact with his eye.

The cause, per investigators at the scene, was a portable, electric heater placed near combustible materials in a bedroom. NFPA recommends keeping anything that can burn at least three feet away from portable heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and other types of heating equipment. Also, turn portable heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed. Review all of NFPA's heating safety tips.

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