NFPA INSIDER is a live, bi-monthly online session — an added benefit for NFPA members only — that features expanded news and content from the latest issue of NFPA Journal and other NFPA sources. Yesterday, the June episode aired, and featured NFPA President Jim Shannon, Koffel Associates Vice President Jim Lathrop and NFPA's Division Manager of Codes & Standards, Dawn Bellis.
Jim Shannon gave his last 'First Word' and reviewed some important milestones of his tenure as President. He left members with this advice; get involved with the code making process, because the more people that do from a variety of backgrounds and industries, the better the codes are. Additionally, it is important to tell others about the value of our code making process as the copyright lawsuits that we face will most likely play out through public debate.
Jim Lathrop was this month's Journal Live segment guest, speaking about his upcoming article in the new issue of NFPA Journal regarding emerging issues of interior finishes. Historically, interior finishes have contributed to some large fires, including the Station and KISS nightclub fires. Combined with modern products that can be an issue, NFPA 286 now requires full scale room corner tests to be carried out and passed before materials can be used. The risk with some of these materials, like polypropylene for example, is that they can become the equivalent of a flammable liquid when on fire if untreated and untested. Read more about the risks of interior finishes and the full scale testing being used on them in Jim's article.
Dawn Bellis finished up the INSIDER segment by giving an overview of the results of the Association Technical Meeting at Conference & Expo.