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NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), is now accepting Public Input for its Annual 2016 revision cycle.

To submit any proposed revision on NFPA 70 using paper submission, the deadline is October 3, 2014. Note: Paper submissions are any forms/submissions via email, fax, or mail that are not through the online submission system.  The deadline for submissions of public input using the online submission system is November 7, 2014

To submit public input on NFPA 70 via the online submission system, select NFPA 70 from the list of NFPA codes and standards. Once on the NFPA 70 document information page, select "The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals)" to begin the process. The system automatically pulls in text and shows any changes in “track changes”.  You can submit input or start and save your work in progress before the closing date.

Review further instructions on how to use the e-PI system

If you have any questions when using the online submission system, you may contact Carolyn Cronin at (617) 984-7240 or by email.

NBC news had a good piece on distracted drivers and emergency responders. Below is the first episode.

Sprinkler coalition map
Take a look at the map embedded into this post and you'll notice something spectacular: residential sprinkler advocates are joining forces and contributing to an effective grassroots effort that's spreading across the U.S. These coast-to-coast sprinkler coalitions (states with one are highlighted in blue) are promoting sprinkler education and, in some cases, convincing legislators and code-making bodies that sprinkler requirements are a necessary, life-saving measure.

An eclectic mix of fire service officials, burn survivors, water purveyors, and others, these groups have made a concerted effort to fight the strong resistance of sprinkler opponents. They strategize on how to counter the numerous myths, showcase just how deadly and prevelant home fires are in the U.S., and prevent yet another home fire death that could have been avoided.

Learn more about these coalitions by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

PhoenixA severe burn can be one of the most complex injuries that a family can experience both physically and emotionally. With improved medical care provided by burn centers over the last 20 or 30 years, people suffering from burns can now survive.  They can now also find a growing support community to help with the emotional recovery.   

From October 22-25, 2014, more than 900 burn survivors, their families, burn care professionals and firefighters will attend the Phoenix World Burn Congress held at the Hilton Anaheim to share experiences with other survivors, increase their knowledge about recovery, and learn about support networks.

During the four-day conference, sessions will cover topics ranging from social challenges such as dealing with anxiety and psychological pain after hospital discharge, a young adult program to help survivors ages 18-25 build confidence, fostering personal growth and enhancing communication skills. A special youth and family program for children from 7 to 17 years old will help family members learn how a burn injury impacts the overall family structure. Burn survivors can also attend a private creative cosmetics and color analysis consultation. In addition, survivors can gain knowledge about advocacy roles they can play to raise awareness about burn prevention programs. A special Walk of Remembrance is also planned during the conference to pay tribute to the lives lost to burn injury.

For more information about attending the Phoenix World Burn Congress or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or supporting the attendee scholarship fund, contact the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors at 800-888-2876 or email us at

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. Recently, the August episode aired and featured NFPA President Jim Pauley, Dawn Bellis and Linda Fuller of NFPA in the Up to Code Segment all about committee membership as well as Carl Baldassarra on fire escapes.

JIm Pauley gave the First Word, which this month centered on wildfire. More than $453 million and $113 million are property losses from two largest wildfires in 2012. More than 67,000 wildfire burned more than 9.3 million acres in that year as well. Our changing environment and living conditions provide challenges that we need to address for fire safety. More action before the fires arrive are what Jim says is needed.  Firewise and Fire Adapted Community education programs are helpful in this cause.

This month's NFPA Journal segment highlighted Carl Baldassarra's September/October issue article on fire escapes, and the issue of maintenance and inspection. Carl is the President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and discusses how before WW2, many fire escapes were built as external, outdoor stair cases, and now these fire escapes need to be inside the buildings. some fire escapes are unusable or in very bad shape and the need for regular inspection and maintenance needs to be in the forefront. Throughout the segment, Carl details some of the current issues and problems with fire escapes that makes this an important fire safety initiative to look at.

Dawn Bellis and Linda Fuller discuss the importance of technical committees, how to become a member, the benefits and importance to you and more.

Members, watch the full INSIDER episode for more information. Not a member? Learn more about the many benefits and join today!

Have you been involved in inspecting spray booths, spray areas, dip tanks or printing operations?  Looking to join an active NFPA technical committee? If so, the Technical Committee on Finishing Processes responsible for NFPA 33, Spray Application of Flammable and Combustible Materials, and NFPA 34, Dipping, Coating and Printing Processes Using Flammable or Combustible Liquids, is looking for you!   This very active Committee has just completed a significant revision of their documents that amongst other changes included a new chapter on membrane enclosures for temporary spraying of large work-pieces that cannot be sprayed in traditional spray booths and the addition of new scrubber and filtration technologies within NFPA 33.  The two documents are on a three-year revision cycle and the Committee is forming task groups and plans to have a pre-cycle meeting next year with a first draft meeting taking place in 2016.   If you are interested and able to serve, please apply online at either or .  

NFPA offers the Enforcer Funding Program which will reimburse qualified enforcers 80% of their lodging and travel.  For more information on the enforcer funding program and other committees seeking enforcers please visit the website at

Any questions regarding the Technical Committee on Finishing Processes, please email Nancy Pearce, NFPA Staff Liaison. 


On Tuesday, September 3, 1991, at approximately 8:15 a.m., a fire occurred at the Imperial Foods Processing Plant in Hamlet, North Carolina resulting in 25 fatalities and 54 injuries. The intense fire quickly spread products of combustion throughout the plant causing employees to search for available exits. Although many of the estimated 90 occupants escaped without incident, others found exterior doors unavailable and sought alternative means of escape. Not all of those who remained were able to be rescued, and many perished.

The National Fire Protection Association is cooperating with the Hamlet Fire Department and the North Carolina Department of Insurance - Fire and Rescue Services Division in documenting this incident. The purpose of this life safety evaluation was to determine significant factors and lessons learned that will assist the fire service, building and fire code officials, and other concerned parties in reducing the potential for such tragic losses of life.

For more information on this fire NFPA Fire Investigations. To learn more about Fire Analysis and Research statistical data on Fire in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities

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