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NFPA News The April  issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Proposed TIAs seeking comment on NFPA 1, 10, 58, 70E, 99, 101, 102, 400, and 5000
  • Four new projects seeking comment
  • Wildland documents reorganized
  • National Electrical Code schedule for Annual 2016 revision cycle
  • Motions Committee Report for Annual 2014 documents
  • TIAs issued from March Standards Council meeting
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar

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Smoke alarm nuisanceA new Fire Protection Research Foundation report, "Smoke Alarm Nuisance Source Characterization - Phase 1" has been published, authored by Joshua Dinaburg and Daniel Gottuk, Ph.D. with Hughes Associates. 

During the revision cycle for the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, the Technical Committee on Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems (SIG-HOU) focused renewed attention on nuisance alarms. Based on the information in the NFPA report "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires" authored by Marty Ahrens, during the development of the 2013 edition of NFPA 72 the SIG-HOU Technical Committee added several new provisions to Chapter 29 to further reduce nuisance alarms. At present there is a lack of characterization of common nuisance sources for the development of new performance test protocols. Accordingly, the Foundation initiated a project to work toward characterizing common nuisance sources for the development of new test protocols to meet the NFPA 72 requirements. This Phase 1 project involved a literature review, gap analysis, and development of a research plan for Phase 2.

Read the full report from Phase 1, and stay tuned for the results of Phase 2's research. 

The Report of the Motions Committee addresses eight Annual 2014 documents with Certified Amending Motions for consideration at the Association Technical Meeting in Las Vegas on June 9-12, 2014:

This Report also addresses four documents with Certified Amending Motions from the Fall 2013 cycle: NFPA 37, NFPA 731, NFPA 750, and NFPA 1192; identifies a list of 18 Consent Documents receiving no NITMAMS and, therefore, will be forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council for balloting; and includes a list of NITMAMs that were not certified.

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