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Today, on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon attacks last year, we reflect on the positive - the good & selflessness of others towards those in need and the strength of this city.

What does the Boston Strong ribbon and message mean to you? Please leave us a comment to let us know!

Boston Strong-Tom McGowan

The NFPA Conference & Expo brings to life the products and services needed to meet and maintain compliance with prevailing codes and standards in the design, construction and operation of buildings and facilities of every kind. As of today, there are over 300 exhibits booked for NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. 336 to be exact. Keep up-to-date on the growing list with our newest feature - Exhibitor Search -  just released this week!  View the full list of exhibitors in real-time, or conduct a search on company name, keyword, or product category. 

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If you are looking for a particular product or service, you now have the opportunity to search on specific categories. For example: Fire Sprinkler Systems/Services, Life Safety Equipment, Suppression Systems, and many more options.

You may also try searching on “Frequently Searched” categories such as: 10+ Year Exhibitors, Exhibitors Demonstrating Chair Evacuation Devices, Exhibitors Presenting on the Exhibit Hall Floor, Featured Exhibitors, First Time Exhibitors, Media Promotional Partners, and NFPA Sections. Try it out now

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Residential sprinkler mythsEvery so often, I'll come across a news story that includes statements from homebuilder's associations similar to this one, which was made during a recent report from a local ABC news affiliate: "The homes built today all have smoke detectors that are wired, and we have the national statistics that show that 99.4 percent of lives are saved because you're awake, you're woken up, you get out of the house."

The statistic, when used in this context, is misleading. There's no doubt that smoke alarms are necessary tools that can significantly reduce fire deaths and injuries. These devices, however, do nothing to extinguish a fire. The 99.4-percent figure estimates the likelihood of surviving a home fire when smoke alarms are present, which is not the same thing as reducing the risk of death.

Get all the facts by checking out the post on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

HillsboroughOn April 15, 1989, 96 people died and hundreds were injured at Hillsborough Stadium in Britain's worst sporting disaster. Award-winning producer/director Daniel Gordon directed a new ESPN program, "Hillsborough" that lets viewers see the tragedy through the eyes of those there that day, many of whom spoke publicly for the first time. The program's overview can be seen below:

"Hillsborough" is a comprehensive account of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, a tragedy that occurred during an FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. The film focuses on the events that unfolded before, during and after the horrifying afternoon that led to the deaths of 96 people as well as the injuries to several hundred more and the traumatization of countless lives.

Beginning on the fateful day in 1989, "Hillsborough" explores what happened and why. It offers a detailed examination not only of the horrific loss of life but also of key developments in the preceding years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes leading to the disaster. Featuring first-hand accounts of fans in attendance as well as police officers -- many speaking on camera for the first time -- the film also explores the tragedy through the experiences of families who lost their loved ones and undertook a painstaking journey in a quest for justice that is still ongoing.

HIllsborough airs tonight at 8pm ET on ESPN. 

For more information, you can also take a look at our Fire Protection Research Foundation report, "A Literature Review of Emergency and Non-Emergency Events” in which the Hillsborough tragedy is featured as a case study. 

The following letter to the editor, authored by NFPA President Jim Shannon, appeared on the website of The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) on April 13, 2014.

I was outraged to see the House of Representatives take an initial step on a bill that would legalize sparklers and other small fireworks, which are currently prohibited in Massachusetts (“Bill to legalize smaller fireworks advances in House,” March 27). This is a dangerous and misguided idea that should go no further.

For more than 100 years, the National Fire Protection Association has opposed the use of consumer fireworks for the simple reason that consumer fireworks are so inherently dangerous; there is no safe way for the public to engage in this activity.

Rep. George Peterson, who introduced the bill, was quoted as saying the legislation is “nothing … that is really offensive” and would allow people to “celebrate with a little more pizzazz on holidays and the Fourth of July.” What Rep. Peterson did not say is that sparklers can burn to a dangerous 1,200 degrees, and more than 80 percent of emergency room injuries involve fireworks that consumers are permitted to use. Many of those injured are young children.

It is also true that on Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Passage of this harmful legislation would cause additional burden on an already overworked fire service and on emergency room staff who must deal with the onslaught of fires and devastating injuries caused by consumer fireworks. As responsible adults, it is imperative that we set a good example and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Legislators should reject the fireworks bill and allow Massachusetts to remain a national leader in opposing the use of consumer fireworks.

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