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Research Foundation NewsThe November-December issue of Research Foundation News is now available for your viewing.  Featured items include;

  • Foundation invited to develop research agenda for Smart Fire Fighting
  • SupDet 2014 to be co-located with UCF Crisis and Risk Communication Conference
  • Cooking fire research continues
  • New reports issued:
    • Determining Self-Preservation Capability in Pre-School Children
    • Parameters for Indirect Viewing of Visual Signals Used in Emergency Notification

This bi-monthly Research Foundation newsletter describes new projects, research planning developments, newly issued reports, upcoming symposia, and other activities of the Foundation.

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As we continue to enhance our standards development site, NFPA looks for ways to make it easier for the public to get involved and participate in our codes and standards development process.

A recent feature added in the standard development site is the capability for the public to “View Public Inputs” and “View Public Comments” after all submissions have been completed. For documents in the Fall 2014 revision cycle that received public comments, links are now available to “View Public Comments” on each Next edition tab of the document information pages under the category “Second Draft”. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system. Please note that the following 17 documents did not receive any public comments and, therefore, will not have a link available for viewing: NFPA 122, NFPA 276, NFPA 326, NFPA 329, NFPA 410, NFPA 601, NFPA 853, NFPA 950, NFPA 1003, NFPA 1201, NFPA 1250, NFPA 1407, NFPA 1452, NFPA 1581, NFPA 1583, NFPA 1931, and NFPA 1932.

To view a complete list of the Fall 2014 documents, go to the document information pages and use the search feature in the upper right gray box to search by cycle.

Please be advised, that it is anticipated that in the future, paper submissions for public input and public comment will not be accepted so please take this opportunity to try out the system – we think you’ll really like it! As always we are here to help you participate in the NFPA process.

If you have any questions or need help with any feature of the Standards Development site, please contact us via email at

UN Disabilities
Over one billion people, or approximately 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Please join us today, as we celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities is: “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”.

A major focus of the Day is practical and concrete action to include disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development on the basis of equality. To make the most of the Day, activities may highlight progress and obstacles in implementing disability-sensitive policies, as well as promote public awareness to break barriers and open doors to realize an inclusive society for all. Also, beginning today, the outcome document of the HLMDD will be available and may be used to provide a blueprint for action to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of development for all!

Please check out the UN website on this important Day to learn more and for ideas on how you may participate. 

You can also check out NFPA's free fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities, including our Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide.

B9EF12C2F9D245A78AB8EAE2745C3C3ERevisions to the 2014 editions of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), and NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, address the need for more receptacles for medical apparatus in hospitals to help reduce the use of  portable, multi-outlet devices such as power strips, which are often used improperly, according to NFPA's Jeffrey Sargent. In general-care spaces, the number of receptacles required has increased from four to eight, and in critical-care spaces, the requirement has increased from six to 14.The new NEC also increases the receptacle requirement for operating rooms. Read Jeff's column "Outlet Input" in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal for more information on these important code changes.

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