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Paul Dunphy was at NFPA HQ today to go on tape on the subject of NFPA 3 and NFPA 4. Specifically, he was here to talk about our upcoming pay-per-view seminar on NFPA 3 and NFPA 4. From the moment Paul pulled up to NFPA's building #1, I realized  he is serious when it comes to these two topics. As you can see in the photo, his license plate reads "NFPA 4." " I talk the talk and I walk the walk when it comes to commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection systems because I ride down the Southeast Expressway of Massachusetts every day with that emblazoned on my car." Paul Dunphy 

Dunphy is an electrical inspector and Coordinator of Compliance at Harvard University with  over 25 years of experience in facility management. He arrived at Harvard 14 years ago with a mission in mind. He wanted to use his experience managing buildings in Downtown Boston to make Harvard's buildings and campus as safe as possible. 

"With thousands of students, faculty and visitors from all over the world on Harvard properties every day I need to make sure all of our life safety and fire protection systems are working properly and in unison together." In addition to the license plate indicating his commitment, Paul is also a principal member of the NFPA technical committee and has been a proponent of commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection systems for many years.

Paul will talk about his experience at Harvard University on March 11th and March 18th when he teams up with NFPA's Jacqueline Wilmot, Fire Protection Engineer, to discuss the importance of NFPA 3 and NFPA 4. Wilmot is the liaison to the aforementioned technical committees and the co-host for the event.

To learn more about this online event, click here

Fire hoseAs the size of today's homes continues to grow, so do the number of fire-safety risks associated with these dwellings.

Highlighted in a recent story in North Carolina's The Herald Weekly, the state's fire service has been strategizing how best to protect these large homes if catastrophe occurs. Among the common concerns--larger open floor plans and how fire reacts to lightweight construction materials, to name a few--are limited water supplies and low water pressure.

Learn about the water use of fighting fires with fire hoses vs. sprinklers by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

Fire BReakThe February issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • An update on Prep Day and the community funding awards  
  • An invitation to the Prep Day webinar on March 12
  • The latest information on our redesigned “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” course
  • A link to the winter Firewise “How To” newsletter

...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don’t miss an issue! So subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to add your e-mail address to our newsletter list.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation will be holding their annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Symposium (SupDet 2015) on March 3-6 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The event will offer over 30 presentations for attendees to choose from that will touch upon the latest developments in research, technology and applications for the fire protection community. 

In addition, free half-day workshop will be offered on March 4. This workshop is a “bridge event” between the Suppression and Detection sessions, which all registrants can attend. The workshop will address the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) of fire protection systems and improving the effectiveness of systems.

Register online and find and hotel information through our website.

For more information on SupDet from previous years, click here.

As record cold temperatures grip much of the US and the next winter storm forecasted to hit the South, Midwest and Northeast this weekend, NFPA reminds everyone to keep winter fire safety in mind.  Winter storm Pandora_Feb 20

With more snow on its way, on top of record snowfall for many areas, it’s important to make sure that all doors are shoveled clear and can open easily. Open doorways and having two ways out of every room, are key parts of a home fire escape plan

Home heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire deaths, with February being one of the three leading months for home heating fires. In addition, improperly used or malfunctioning heating equipment can create carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous, potentially fatal gas in the home.   

Unattended heating equipment is the leading cause of home heating fires. NFPA recommends monitoring all heating equipment carefully, particularly space heaters. Whether portable or stationary, space heaters account for one-third of home heating fires and four out of five, home heating fire deaths on average per year.

Also, when considering potential power outages, NFPA strongly encourages having flashlights and battery-powered lighting at the ready; never use candles to light your home. 

For more information, visit “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires”, NFPA’s winter safety campaign with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Stay safe with more winter ahead!

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