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+ !|border=0|src=|alt=David Hood|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=David Hood|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01901e688283970b!Guest Post By: David Hood, NFPA Health Care Section Chair+


Hello…I am Dave Hood.  As the Chair of the NFPA Health Care Section, it is my pleasure to share some Member Sectionrelated information with you.                 


First, the Health Care Section sponsored 9.5 hours of education sessions at the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo through nine unique sessions.  Special thanks to those who served as speakers.  Believe it or not, the planning process for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo has already commenced.  The Section is currently accepting education session poroposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo next June in Las Vegas.  Proposals are due by September 16th.  If you are interested or have feedback, please drop me an email at


At the 2013 Health Care Section Business Meeting, the Section membership voted in two (2) new members to the Section Executive Board.  Congratulations to Phillip Hill and James Peterkin. 

Over the next few months, the Section will be paying close attention to the 2015 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99.  Both Codes will be up for membership vote at next summer’s Conference & Expo.  The Section will look to provide some education on the updated editions of both Codes in the future. 


Stay Involved

Attend the Section business meeting held during the NFPA Conference & Expo each year to get to know the issues that are facing our membership and network with the Board and other members.

Submit session proposals during the “call for presentations” issued each summer to build the content for NFPA’s annual Conference and Expo.

    1. Send your resume in to the Section Nominating Committee Chair or Executive Board Chair for consideration for any upcoming open Board positions or special task force/section committee assignments.

Write a Section Spotlight article for the NFPA Journal and submit your article or interest to Courtney O’Neill , Program Coordinator of Sections.  Please include your name, Section affiliation, and NFPA Member number. You must be a Member of an NFPA Section to participate. Have not yet enrolled in an NFPA Section? You can sign up online. Section Membership is free and included in your NFPA membership.</li> </ul>

NFPA Insider logo
NFPA members only! Register today for the next NFPA Insider presentation being held on July 25th at 2pm (EST). 

NFPA President Jim Shannon will give his first word. In this episode's 'Up to Code' segment, Amy Cronin, Division Manager of Codes and Standards, will talk about the process of making appeals to the NFPA Standards Council. She will answer key questions, such as;

  • How much notice is required?
  • How do I request a hearing?
  • What type of presentation is necessary?

Dave BoswellIn the NFPA Journal Live piece, join us for a discussion with Dave Boswell, Vice President of Hughes Associates, who worked on the Circuit of the Americas Racetrack project in Austin,Texas.  Dave and his team were brought in to assist with the creation of an innovation mass notification system (MNS) at the track and to provide expertise on the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The story of how and why the MNS was created is also the topic of "Loud + Clear," the cover story in the July/August NFPA Journal. And, lots more!

NFPA INSIDER is a live, bi-monthly online session that features expanded news and content from the latest issue of NFPA Journal® and other NFPA sources. Not an NFPA member? Join today.

NFPArecently appointed Sally Everett as Associate General Counsel for NFPA’s Legal Department. In her new position, Everett will be handling a broad range of legal matters and will be counseling staff on legal issues that will ultimately strengthen NFPA’s role as a leading advocate for fire and life safety

Sally EverettEverett has earned her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law where she graduated cum lade and served as the editor of the Annual Review of Banking Law Journal. Having over twenty years of legal experience, she will be a great new asset to the team. Everett has worked in a variety of settings from private practice, to government, to the in-house legal department. Recently she has served as Senior Company Counsel at Staples, Inc. and as Vice President and General Counsel of Circle Company Associates, Inc./Sodexo S.A.

Congratulations on your new position Sally and welcome to NFPA! Vila - the guru of home improvement and renovation - includes an article on his website touting the many benefits of home fire sprinklers and dispelling usual myths.

The article begins by citing the U.S. home fire problem and questioning why this life safety feature is not required for new homes. All national model codes include require fire sprinkler systems in all one- and two-family homes and townhomes, but it is up to states and local jurisdictions to include it in their adopted codes.

Common myths about home sprinkler systems are also cited as reasons that "prevent people from including one in their home;" such as the fear of a " misfiring sprinkler head and the belief that a room fire activates the entire system."

Long admired by many as an expert, his contribution with this article informing a wide range of consumers is vital to raise awarenes on the many benefits that home fire sprinklers provide.

Spray sunscreensThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of recent burn incidents associated with spray sunscreens. There have already been five separate incidents in which people who had applied this product and were near an open flame--cigarette, grill, citronella candle, for example--suffered significant burns requiring medical attention. In each case, the burns occurred after the sunscreen had been applied.

While the products leading to burns have been voluntarily recalled, many other sunscreen products contain flammable ingredients, prompting the FDA to issue new safety precautions on these products. For instance, if you're anywhere near a flame source, avoid any product with a flammability warning and choose a nonflammable alternative.

Get more specifics from the FDA's website, and check out NFPA's safety tips if heading outdoors this summer.

Alan Rowe
Alan Rowe at the CBS lot in Studio City, California, on the set of the NBC TV series "Parks and Recreation."

The glitz and glamour of show business tends to overshadow the culture of safety guiding the entertainment industry. If Alan Rowe has his way, this tide may turn.

Rowe is the safety and training director for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 728 in Hollywood, California. IATSE represents behind-the-scenes workers in an array of entertainment venues, places where recent deaths and injuries have given rise to increased scrutiny of safety issues and new efforts involving NFPA.

Rowe recently chatted with NFPA Journal about these efforts, which include bolstering the use of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, expanding IATSE's presence on NFPA committees, and increasing outreach to authorities having jurisdiction.

"We rely heavily on codes NFPA has created and use them as a benchmark," says Rowe. "The most obvious impact NFPA has on our craft is electrical. We're very mindful of the fact that that we need to make sure people understand what we do is to the code, even though they've never seen some of our equipment before."

Read the entire Q&A in the July/August issue of Journal.

by NFPA's Amy LeBeau

Last week my husband took the boys to swim class. Part of every swim class is a safety tip Blog_getoutgiven by the swim teacher. Usually the safety tips are about swimming, what to do if you are in the pool and you see lightning, etc. Much to my surprise the tip last week was about fire safety. My husband reported that the young man asked the kids what they do if there is a fire in their house. The answer he gave: go get a fire extinguisher and put out the fire and then go get a grown-up. Wow.  

 My son looked back at my husband with eyes wide as saucers. He knew that answer was wrong. Now my quandary was how to handle this situation. I printed out our escape planning and smoke alarm tip sheets and brought it to the head lifeguard. I thanked her for teaching the kids fire safety and gently suggested/asked if the swim teachers could read the sheets before they gave tips to the kids. I also strongly suggested that they clarify with the kids that when there is a fire, the correct response is to get outside and stay outside. I hope the message was delivered. Just in case, I might just leave some fire safety activities on the bulletin board!

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