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A new 30-second public service announcement encouraging people who are building new homes to ask for home fire sprinklers has been making the rounds on HGTV. The spot, created by the non-profit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, was featured during popular programs like “Property Brothers”, “Curb Appeal”, “Love It or List It”, and “House Hunters International”, and was expected to reach some 32 million viewers with its important message.

“Thinking of building a new home? Now is the time to think about protecting it with fire sprinklers. Nine out of 10 fire deaths happen where you least expect them, at home. And those at greatest risk are children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Despite what you see in the movies, the entire system does not go off; only the sprinkler closest to the fire activates and stops the fire from becoming deadly. If you are building a new home ask for fire sprinklers to protect your family and your home.”

 

If you’re a homeowner or someone who’s looking to build a new home, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has free online materials to help you understand why fire sprinklers are needed, how they work, and how they are installed.

Workshop graphToday’s firefighters do more than fight fires when they occur.  Through the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), NFPA’s annual fire department experience survey,  the International Association of Fire Chief’s Near-Miss Reporting System, and other data collection activities, they provide the data that helps us understand the causes and circumstances of fires so we can prevent the fires in the first place and better protect the public, firefighters themselves, and property from fire.  Almost everyone appreciates the value of good data.  Not surprisingly, both the firefighters who provide the data and those who use it have many suggestions for improvements.

NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division, in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) convened an interdisciplinary workshop on Today and Tomorrow’s Fire Data on March 26th and 27th.  Firefighters, fire data users, codes and standards participants, representatives from federal agencies including USFA’s Fire Data Center, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, NIST, wildland fire agencies and from fire service and kindred organizations learned about the various approaches and projects underway to help ensure the best data possible.  At the end of the workshop, the four highest priorities were to:

  1. Improve the quality of fire data input;
  2. Address reasons for under-reporting of fires and undetermined fire causes;
  3. Identify and link all relevant existing data systems and
  4. Develop a strategy for long-term maintenance and future updates for NFIRS. 

Read the full report at Today and Tomorrow’s Fire Data. What do you see as the greatest issues in fire data today?

<p><a class="asset-img-link" style="display: inline;" href="http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/for-emergency-responders/personal-protective-equipment/development-of-permeation-test-method-for-zippers-and-other-closures" target="_blank"><img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd1f11ba970b img-responsive" style="width: 450px;" title="Zippers" src="http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd1f11ba970b-450wi" alt="Zippers" /></a><br />A new report, "<a href="http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Research/Research%20Foundation/Research%20Foundation%20reports/For%20emergency%20responders/RFDevelopmentofPermeationTestMethodforZippersandOtherClosures.pdf" target="_blank">Development of Permeation Test Method for Zippers and Other Closures</a>," authored by R. Bryan Ormond, Ph.D. from the Textile Protection and Comfort Center and North Carolina State University has been published. </p>
<p>The NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment had identified a number of deficiencies in the current permeation tests used to characterize barrier layers in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) events. One of the issues is the design of the current test cell, which does not accommodate seams, zippers and other closures.</p>
<p>This project supports the initial steps necessary to develop a test cell that complies with the requirements of the evolving permeation test method, but which provides robust closure technologies that can accommodate the irregular geometries inherent for seams, closures and zippers.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/for-emergency-responders/personal-protective-equipment/development-of-permeation-test-method-for-zippers-and-other-closures" target="_blank">Download the complete report from the Foundation website</a>. </p>

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