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We're excited to announce, along with LEGOLAND Florida Resort, that active and retired first responders will enjoy free admission at LEGOLAND Florida Resort from September 1-28 when they show an id or membership card! In addition, fire, police and EMS families are able to purchase up to four passes at $40 each – more than a 50% discount off the park’s standard ticket pricing of $82 for children and $89 for adults. The special NFPA/LEGOLAND September first responder pricing (promo code 13000) is only available at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort gate.

The September first responder incentive program is a precursor to the fire safety education and awareness activities scheduled to take place at LEGOLAND Florida Resort before, during and after Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10.  Teaming up with LEGOLAND Florida to recognize first responders in September is a great segue for Fire Prevention Week in October. We are grateful that LEGOLAND Florida shares our appreciation for what first responders do in our communities every day. We also value the work LEGOLAND does to share fire safety tips with families all year long.

Since 2012, NFPA has been the official fire safety partner of LEGOLAND Resorts. Throughout the year LEGOLAND incorporates key fire safety messages into various park activities and has a special focus on promotion of Fire Prevention Week each fall. 


Phil Tammaro was only two years old when he was significantly burned in a home fire. His painstaking recovery lasted 39 years, well into his fire service career. However, he refused to let his injuries define him or limit his abilities as a firefighter.

Instead, Tammaro, a member of the Billerica Fire Department in Massachusetts, used his story to exact change. He learned that as a firefighter, his voice is a powerful tool in the push for home fire sprinklers across North America. "It's important that we advocate and increase awareness of fire sprinklers and the benefits of them, not only how they help protect our citizens but keep our firefighters safe," he says. "It's very important that all firefighters champion this and do anything they can to get involved."


Tammaro is now a member of NFPA's Faces of Fire, a component of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative that underscores the human impact of fire and the life-saving impact of home fire sprinklers. (NFPA linked up with Tammaro through partnering organization the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.) Since firefighters have an up-close-and-personal interaction with fire, Tammaro is using this platform to convince North American fire service members that their voice is a crucial tool in convincing decision makers of the necessity of sprinklers in new homes.


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!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Mark your calendars for important fire sprinkler summit
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 On August 31, 1996, a fire occurred in a board and care facility located in Sainte Genevieve, Quebec. The two-story structure was occupied by 41 residents who were elderly, 7 of whom died as a result of the fire. The fire began in the closet of an occupant’s room, and fire investigators attributed the cause to smoking materials or matches.

Factors considered as having contributed to the loss of life and property included:

    • Inadequate corridor separation

    • Delayed notification of the fire department

    • Staff response


  • Lack of automatic fire sprinklers
NFPA members can download the full investigation report , and all site visitors can download a Spanish-language summary of the incident. NFPA also has reports on fires in several different kinds of health-care facilities, including a report on facilities that care for the aged  (including nursing homes and residential board and care), that are free to members.</p> </div> </div>

In response to blazing wildfires in the West, NFPA has released seven tips for reducing the risk of losing your home to wildfire. The goal of the collection is to dispel the notion that there 7 Firewise Tipsis nothing you can do to increase your home's chance of survival in the event of a wildfire. 

The tips are centered around defense against stray embers, which account for more than half of homes destroyed during wildfires. These strategies include moving flammable materials away from dangerous areas and sealing any entrance points to the home. For example, mulch and branches should be raked and trimmed to a safe distance away from the house, furniture should be brought inside and all vents, doors and windows should be closed to stop embers from entering. Check out the video below to get the full list of tips from Michele Steinberg, NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager.

Materials have been provided to the media to include in related future coverage in the hopes that reporters will assist in the public education effort about wildfire preparedness.

While these are certainly not the only things that should be done to fully guard against home loss, the aim is to provide the public with at least a basic knowledge of what they can do to protect their property. For more information about what steps should be taken before, during and after a wildfire, visit NFPA's page on wildfire emergency preparedness.

Please also visit the Firewise website for more wildfire resources.

HurricanesThe Governor of Florida declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Erika's arrival later this weekend, when it is expected to reach hurricane status. While hurricane season has been fairly quiet to this point, Erika could bring some potential trouble to Florida and other states on the east coast. Because of this, we want to remind everyone that NFPA has hurricane preparedness information and safety basics on our website that will be useful before, during and after a hurricane. 

These tips include things like locating area shelters and the best way to travel to them beforehand, and creating disaster supply kits with your family. During a hurricane, it is important to remember: 

  • Remain inside, away from windows and doors.
  • During power outages try to avoid carrying a lit candle. Use flashlights instead. Don't use a lit candle when searching for items in a confined space. Never use a candle for a light when checking pilot lights or fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern. The flame may ignite the fumes. Read NFPA's candle safety fact sheet.
  • Do not be fooled by the calm when the eye of the hurricane is above your area; the worst of the storm is probably yet to come.
  • Be prepared for tornadoes caused by hurricanes; remain inside and at the center of your home or in a closet or basement.

Get more information on our hurricane page, or through FEMA's site dedicated this type of disaster

According to NFPA’s web analytics, Fire Prevention Week is a hot topic. Fire Prevention Week has been rising in popularity on the NFPA website for weeks, and currently sits solidly in the #1 spot in terms of searches. After nearly 93 years as a national public health campaign – Fire Prevention Week’s enduring messages still ring true so be sure to get the word out if your firehouse, school or community organization is gearing up for a fire safety activity, educational campaign or community open house.

120x600HiResThe success of Fire Prevention Week did not happen by accident. The powerful branding of Fire Prevention Week is a result of relentless, proactive, ongoing public awareness efforts. Similarly, if you’re hosting an event at the firehouse or planning to partner with a local youth organization to drive home fire safety tips - why not let news contacts, bloggers and social media followers know so that your community outreach and the lessons of Fire Prevention Week are shared with an even larger audience? Don’t be shy. Spread the word about your Fire Prevention Week activities – and in the process make your little corner of the world a safer place to live.

To stage an effective and engaging awareness campaign, follow NFPA’s tips for a successful Fire Prevention Week event. Work with your organization’s leadership, get colleagues on board, take pride in your initiative, project the best possible image, partner with other community resources for food donations, promotional assistance and hands-on support – and create a high-visibility program that is fun and informative. Make plans to have NFPA Fire Prevention Week materials on hand and bring out your Sparky costume for visual impact. Consider the photo and social media opportunities that await if you bring together young children, parents, first responders and Sparky, the iconic fire safety dog.

Be sure to communicate with news professionals in advance via a Fire Prevention Week press release. Don’t forget to target TV weather forecasters, too, who often do live shots from outdoor events. Write an Op-ed piece for your chief or the top dog at your organization and send it along to your local newspaper or community website. For more than 80 consecutive years, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week, signaling national support of fire departments as they teach fire safety in their communities. Why not have a local elected official make a proclamation and join you at your Fire Prevention Week event for added media cache?  

Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to engage your community and inform area residents about fire safety tips. Take the time to focus on media outreach, promote your fire awareness efforts – and maximize your Fire Prevention Week exposure in 2015.

Wales sprinkler requirements
Across the pond in Wales, home fire sprinklers suffer the same myths and homebuilder opposition that is prevalent in North America. Yet, a historical measure was signed into law in 2011 following a unanimous vote by the Welsh Assembly to sprinkler the country's new homes starting next year. How did that happen?

Get the full story by reading the latest edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter. You'll also find stories on: 

  • a new law demanding homebuilder action on home fire sprinklers
  • two home fires, years apart, claiming members of the same family
  • a fire chief discussing how his opinion on home fire sprinklers has evolved
  • nominating sprinkler advocates for NFPA’s Bringing Safety Home Award

Our monthly newsletter is free, and sheds light on America's alarming home fire problem. Take a second and sign up today.

An afternoon fire in Connecticut this past Sunday could Sprinkler sprayhave been a lot worse if not for sprinklers. A Fairfield apartment building kitchen fire on August 23 was successfully contained by the overhead sprinkler system, limiting damage to just two of the 54 apartments, according to the Fairfield Citizen.

The Fairfield Fire Department's Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood issued the following statement in the wake of the event:

"The occupants of the building were extremely lucky that this building had a sprinkler system and that the sprinkler system kept the fire in check. The damage would have been much worse had there not been a working sprinkler system."

The lack of greater damage in this instance is a strong reminder of the importance of residential fire sprinklers. For more information on advocating for home fire sprinkler requirements in your state or region, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website.

We are excited to announce that NFPA now has an American Sign Language video for Fire Prevention Week. The Fire Prevention Week theme - Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm - is shown through signing, voice-over and open captioning. 


The video stresses the importance of having a working smoke alarm in several places:

  • In every bedroom
  • Outside of each separate sleeping area
  • On every level of the home, including the basement

Information is also given on devices that meet the needs of people who are deaf. Half of all U.S. home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

The new video is one of many tools the fire service can use for Fire Prevention Week campaigns. 

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Whatever your professional goals, we’re here to assist you along the way. Don’t hesitate to ask us for guidance. Taking exams is now more convenient; in addition to written exams taken before an NFPA-approved proctor, we now offer online examinations at testing centers in over 300 cities in 19 countries.</p>






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At approximately 4:30 a.m. on August 23, 1986, a fire occurred in a rooming house located in the village of Massapequa on Long Island, New York.  This fire claimed the lives of five residents and resulted in heavy damage to the wood frame structure.

The Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office has determined the fire to be incendiary in nature.  Although the facility had operated over 10 years, its existence was not known by code enforcement officials, it was not licensed, and, consequently, no inspections had been conducted.

The significant factors contributing to the loss of life in this incident are considered to be:

  •     The ignition scenario;

  •     Delay Delayed detection of the fire due to an inadequate fire detection system;

  •     The spread of products of combustion throughout the building by means of

         the open stairway;

  •     The combustibility of interior finish;

  •     A delay in notifying the fire department.


For more information on this fire&#0160;NFPA Fire Investigations. To learn about NFPA&#39;s Fire Analysis and Research statistics on&#0160;Intentional Fires.</p>



New York Sprinkler Alliance
Tempers flared following a recent vote by the New York Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code but remove its requirement to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes. Instead, the council opted to continue using the current code, which requires sprinklers only in wood frame residences exceeding two stories.

"You guys messed up," Jeff Wilkinson, president of the New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, told the council, according to an article in the Times Union. "You guys should be ashamed of yourselves." 

Also not mincing words was the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), an active member of the New York Sprinkler Initiative, which has been advocating for the sprinkler requirement for months. The group has been stressing the loss of two-year-old Nora Lamirande, who died in May from a fire in a New York home built in 2013. "I am deeply disappointed that in voting to remove residential sprinklers from the statewide building code, members of the Code Council have chosen to put profit ahead of safety,” said Jerry DeLuca, the association's executive director and CEO. 

Read more by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.


On June 27, almost 500 people were injured in a horrific incident at a water park in Taiwan when a colored powder exploded. As of August 12, eleven people have died and dozens of victims remain in intensive care. Some of the injured suffered burns on 80 to 90 percent of their bodies. 

This incident cast a spotlight on the potential dangers of this powder, which is used especially in North America at events like color runs. Few people realize that the powder is readily ignitable when dispersed as a dust cloud. 

Corn starch, the primary ingredient in the powder distributed at the Formosa Fun Coast event, can be easily ignited. FOX News reported the possibility that a cigarette or spark served as the ignition source that triggered the explosion of colored powder as it was being sprayed into the crowd from a stage. Wang Wei-Sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center, reinforced this premise, stating during an interview with USA Today that the powder ignited along the ground, mainly burning people's lower bodies.

"Holi powder," named after a Hindu festival, is sold under several brand names such as Hippie Powder. A quick online search for Holi powder also shows that there are easy homemade recipes that feature readily available ingredients such as corn starch, food coloring and water.

According to NFPA's Guy Colonna, division manager of Industrial and Chemical Engineering, corn starch is a combustible solid that forms a very fine powder and can create a combustible dust cloud. Spraying the powder over the crowd as was done in Taipei enhances the dust cloud dispersion and formation. At many events, the material is distributed via compressed air cylinders which can potentially cause an ignition hazard from generation of static charge.

The unfortunate June incident in Taiwan has prompted many questions across the globe about the use of colored powder at high-traffic events. We will keep you posted on new insight concerning "Holi powder" and other flammable powders that are in play these days.

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.

August InsiderIn this month's NFPA INSIDER, on Thursday, August 27th at 2:00 pm (EDT), members will hear:

  • Jim Pauley, President of NFPA, discusses this year's Fire Prevention Week initiatives and the importance of community involvement in educating the public.
  • Dawn Bellis, Division Manager of Codes & Standards, provides an overview of council actions on standards that were presented at the recent NFPA technical meeting.
  • NFPA Journal explores drones, robots and the coming revolution in unmanned systems and their potential for first responders and emergency managers.

Members: register today to attend. Not a member? Learn more about the many benefits and join today!

Fire break augustThe August issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, we focus on our October Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Inside you’ll find:

  • A link to the descriptions of the special presentations and keynote address 
  • Registration information
  • Information about the exhibitors    
  • Descriptions of the nearly 50 education sessions  

...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.






!|src=|alt=August20|style=width: 407px;|title=August20|height=434! On August 20, 1984, a fire onboard the Cruise ship M/V SCANDINAVIAN SUN, while docking at the Port of Miami, resulted in two fatalities and fifty-seven injuries among passengers, crew and City of Miami fire fighters.&#0160; The rapidly spreading fire forced many of the passengers, who were in the process of disembarking, to remain on board until the fire was extinguished.&#0160; The fatalities, one passenger and one crew member, were eventually found in their cabins during the search of the ship.

The fire was discovered just after the ship had completed docking.  The fire, which originated in the auxiliary engine room, was caused by the ignition of atomized lubricating oil leaking from a diesel engine driving one of the ship's generators.

Products of combustion were able to extend vertically six decks above the main engine and auxiliary machine rooms by way of a ladder access way and through an open passageway and watertight doors.  Doors leading to passageways on several of the upper decks were also open during the initial stages of the fire which allowed dense smoke and heat to extend horizontally into crew and passenger cabin areas.

The spread of fire and heavy smoke conditions were mainly confined to the port side of the ship, although starboard side portions of the cruise ship were also affected.

The following are considered to major factors contributing to the loss of life in this fire:

  •     The failure to extinguish the fire in its incipient stage by either automatic

            of manual means.

   •     The rapid and intense flash fire resulting from the ignition of a combustible

            lubricating oil.

   •     The rapid horizontal and vertical spread of products of combustion throughout

            the ship caused mainly  by  open fire doors.

    •     The presence of combustible interior finish materials in passageways and

            in the stair tower.   


For more information on this fire&#0160;NFPA Fire Investigations</p>




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Maybe add to your resume and list of achievements?

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Then we want to hear from you! 

We are seeking the industry's best and brightest to share perspectives, best practices, and case studies at our conference.  So, we invite you to submit a proposal detailing the topic(s) you would like to address.


Tracks for the conference include:&#0160;

Electrical, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire and Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity, Building and Life Safety, Health Care, Loss Control/Prevention, Detection and Notification, Fire Suppression, Codes and Standards, Public Education and Wildland Fire.

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The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 30B, Code for the Manufacture and Storage of Aerosol Products, is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the October 16, 2015 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

BSNSEMR1ZX_160x225Plan your training with NFPA’s 2015-2016 Training Catalog. Download the catalog for a quick reference to the NEW 2016 edition classroom and online training available this fall. New training includes: 2016 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems; 2016 NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling; 2016 NFPA 20 and NFPA 350.

As we head into the second half of the year, don’t lose your valuable budget dollars—register now for fall training or any of the NEW 2016 spring dates and locations.  2016 locations include: Houston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago and more! Earn CEUs and train with the code experts from NFPA. 

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!|src=|alt=August18|style=width: 450px;|title=August18! On Friday, August 18, 1995 a fire at a chemical manufacturing facility in Tonawanda, New York killed one plant employee and injured five others.&#0160; In addition, the fire destroyed a 12,000 square-foot warehouse and several adjacent offices.&#0160; Local and state fire investigators considered the cause to be the decomposition of product stored in the warehouse.&#0160;


The chemical plant involved in this incident produced ammonium, potassium and sodium persulfate, and all of these materials were stored in warehouse that was destroyed.  The warehouse, which was of ordinary construction, was protected by a dry sprinkler system.  Fire extinguishers and manual hose stations were also provided for use by plant employees. 

Once ignited, the fire ignited combustible materials, such as packaging materials and wood pallets, that were close to the decomposing commodity.  The fire grew large enough to ignite the combustible materials in the roof assembly and to cause a roof collapse before the arrival of the fire department.  Due to the size of the fire upon arrival, fire fighters did not enter the building to attack the fire. 

The employee who died sustained a fatal injury when he jumped from a second-story window in a control room that was near the burning warehouse.  An open fire door allowed smoke to fill a corridor which provided access from the control room to an enclosed exit stairway that was approximately 25 feet away.  Investigators could not determine if the victim attempted to reach the enclosed stairway before breaking and jumping out of the control room window.




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For more information on this fire&#0160;NFPA Fire Investigations&#0160;</p>



Elysse GottukThe Fire Protection Research Foundation just announced the winners of the 2015 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards! 

Elyse Gottuk won the 2015 Ronald K. Mengel Award for outstanding detection paper for her report entitled “The Effect of Ceiling Fans on Smoke Alarm Performance.” Gottuk recently completed eighth grade at Burleigh Manor Middle School in Maryland. Her presentation, which centered around work she conducted for a science fair project, also won the Chesapeake Chapter of Systems Engineering Award for best project. Read more about her presentation of the paper at the 2015 SUPDET

The 2015 William M. Carey Award for best suppression paper was awarded to Daniel R. Steppan for “Protection of Rack Stored Exposed Expanded Group A Plastics with ESFR Sprinklers and Vertical Barriers.“ Steppan began his career at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) in 1993 after working in the aerospace industry for four years in component and system design engineering. He currently holds the position of staff engineer at the Northbrook, Ill. UL fire test facility, working primarily in Large Scale Fire Research. He has been involved in large scale fire research programs since 1996.

Congratulations to Elysse and Daniel! 

Safety Source AugustThe August issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find;  

  • New campus fire-safety page
  • Sparky video: All sketched out for Fire Prevention Week
  • Local fire departments can take the Fire Prevention Week Challenge
  • Firefighter fatalities in 2014
  • NFPA tools help with disaster preparedness

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.


The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 55, Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code, is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the October 16, 2015 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

The NFPA Standards Council will be meeting on August 17-19, 2015 at the Marriott in Quincy, Massachusetts. At this meeting, some of the topics the Council will address include:

  • appeals on NFPA 13, NFPA 24, NFPA 33, NFPA 72, NFPA 111, NFPA 520, NFPA 1901
  • issuance of the Annual 2015 documents with Certified Amending Motions
  • issuance of proposed TIAs on NFPA 2, NFPA 13, NFPA 33, NFPA 59A, NFPA 72, NFPA 111, NFPA 1221, NFPA 1917, NFPA 1971
  • new projects/documents on fire control of structures based upon fire dynamics; aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) response to incidents/accidents at public air shows; competencies for responders to incidents of flammable liquids in transport-high hazard flammable trains; emergency medical services officer; hazardous waste disposal; combination unit respirators that include one or more air-supplying and air-purifying types of respirators in one product.
  • consider a request from the Signaling Systems Correlating Committee to  relocate material in NFPA 720 to NFPA 72.
  • consider requests from Committees to change revision cycle schedules and committee scopes

Read the full Council agenda for further information.

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors that oversees the Association's codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment.


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The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who use HFSC and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as a key component in educating decision-makers on fire sprinklers and convincing them to support sprinkler requirements at the local, state, or province level.

The award recipient will be honored at NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit, October 13-14, 2015, in Phoenix. NFPA will cover the recipient’s travel and lodging expenses for the trip.


Download the nominee application form from the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website and submit it to by Thursday, September 10, 2015.&#0160;

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On August 14, 1988, a late afternoon fire occurred at a fireworks facility in Jaffrey, NH. The fire caused the stored materials to explode, destroyed the building of fire origin and two exposed trailers. Two other trailers were damaged by the fire, and three firefighters received minor injuries, no civilians were injured. 

Shortly after 5:00 pm, an employee in a dwelling near the facility heard noises coming from the unoccupied building and went to investigate. He saw flames and smoke on the northwest side of the warehouse, and within moments, a blast lifted the roof off and caused the building to collapse. The Jaffrey Volunteer Fire Department received notification of the fire at 5:16 pm arrived at the scene at 5:25 pm and had the fire under control by 6:20 pm.




NFPA members can read the full investigation report .&#0160; NFPA also has a report regarding fireworks, which can be downloaded by members , all visitors can read the executive summary and a fact sheet .</p>



Red Cross

Smoke alarms save lives, and the American Red Cross home fire campaign - launched less than one year ago - is actively reinforcing that message.

Over the past 10 months, the Red Cross has installed more than 100,000 smoke alarms in almost 2,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, and has documented 15 lives saved ranging from a 3-year-old child to a 73-year-old grandmother. 

Working with fire departments and community groups across the country, the Red Cross is targeting neighborhoods at high risk for fires, teaching residents about fire prevention and preparedness in coordination with smoke alarm installations. The ultimate goal of the multi-year campaign is to reduce U.S. home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

With more than 1,800 local community partners and more than 40 national partner organizations, key supporters include:

 To learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events, visit






!|src=|alt=WinstonSalemHospitalFire|style=width: 419px;|title=WinstonSalemHospitalFire|height=446! On August 12, 1984, a fire originating in a high voltage electrical feeder busway forced the evacuation and relocation of approximately 200 patients at the Forsyth Memorial Hospital located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.&#0160; While the fire was confined to the busway and to exposed storage areas in the vicinity of a basement loading dock, smoke spread to several upper floors of the hospital.&#0160; Portions directly exposed to smoke conditions included operating suites, post-operative and critical care areas, and pediatric units of the hospital.&#0160; The exposure of these areas to smoke and the potential for exposure of oxygen and gas lines, along with loss of normal and emergency power and communications, precipitated the relocation and evacuation of patients and staff.&#0160; The smoke spread was also limited by construction features and the successful operation of smoke barrier and fire doors.

A short in the main electrical feeder busway also resulted in the loss of primary and emergency power to critical care units.  The loss of emergency power was due to fire damage to emergency generator control wiring which was located near the busway.

The successful relocation and evacuation of patients were due to the prompt actions of the hospital trained in fire emergency procedures and the support of the fire department and emergency medical services.  Effective fire and rescue operations were managed from fire and EMS command posts according to fire ground tactical and EMS disaster plans.


For more information on this hospital fire&#0160;NFPA Fire Investigations&#0160;


To read about fire statistics &#0160;&#0160;NFPA's Fires in Health Care Facilities</p>



Last month, Domino’s sponsored its annual Fire Prevention Week Sweepstakes for fire departments that signed up between July 15 and August 1 to participate in its fire safety program this October. Domino's logo

More than 60 fire departments signed on and were automatically entered into the sweepstakes. On Friday, August 7, five departments were randomly drawn. The winners are:

  • McKinney Fire Department-Central Fire Station, McKinney, TX (Stacie Durham)
  • Palm Bay Fire-Rescue, Palm Bay, FL (Jim Poulos)
  • Mehlville Fire Protection District, St. Louis, MO (Kevin Reis)
  • Rochelle Park Township Fire Department, Rochelle Park, NJ (Darryl De Mott)
  • Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, Gig Harbor, WA (Nanette Tatom)

Congratulations to all of you! Courtesy of Domino’s, each of you will receive NFPA’s “Fire Prevention Week in a Box 300,” which includes:

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  •  1 FPW banner (super-sized 10' x 4')
  • 45 FPW posters (17" x 24")
  • 300 adult FPW brochures
  • 300 kids FPW activity posters
  • 300 FPW stickers
  • 300 FPW magnets
  • 300 copies of FPW news
  • 300 FPW bags

Of course, thanks to all the fire departments that have signed on to participate in this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign with Domino's. If you haven’t yet, fear not. There's still time to get involved. Simply email Dani Nicholl at and learn how you and your local Domino’s can team up to implement the campaign in your community.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm". To learn more, visit


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NFPA News The August issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • Fall 2015 Second Draft Reports available
  • Errata issued on NFPA 408 and NFPA 409
  • TIAs issued on NFPA 101A and NFPA 400
  • Free online training on alternative fuel vehicles
  • Potential risks of rooftop solar panels to fire fighters
  • Research and Analysis Reports
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar

Subscribe today! NFPA News is a free newsletter, and includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard for Accelerant Detection Canines and Handlers. Building upon the 2014 edition of NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations which identifies the value of “properly trained and validated ignitable liquid detection canine/handler teams”, the request seeks an NFPA standard to address the training (initial and ongoing) and evaluation of accelerant detection canines, handlers, and canine/handler teams. 

If the New Project Initiation Request is ultimately approved by the Standards Council, it is proposed that a new Technical Committee be established and charged with the development of appropriate requirements related to Accelerant Detection Canines and Handlers.

NFPA is currently soliciting comments from interested organizations and individuals to gauge if there is support for the development of Accelerant Detection Canine and Handler Standards. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:   

  1. Are you, or your organization in favor of an ANSI Accredited NFPA Standard?
  2. What is the reason for supporting or opposing such a project?   
  3. Are you or your organization interested in and applying for membership on the Technical Committee?

Please submit comments in support or opposition to Accelerant Detection Canine and Handler standards by the September 4, 2015 deadline. 

Additionally, those interested in Committee membership may submit an application online:  Submit online application*
*Note:  Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation.  Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this subject matter.
You can view existing examples of NFPA Standards at (NFPA 921) or (NFPA 1033).

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell (seated) signs new sprinkler bill. He's sporting an NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative lapel pin.

In front of more than 100 fire sprinkler advocates and key politicians, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation on August 6 aimed at improving fire safety for homeowners.  


The new law requires builders of new, one- and two-family homes to give buyers a cost estimate for installing fire sprinklers and requires that homebuyers receive information from the State Fire Marshal&#39;s Office about sprinkler benefits.&#0160;Upon request of the buyer, the builder would be required to install sprinklers in the home.

The new law will apply to residential building contracts entered on or after January 1 of the year following the fire marshal's preparation and promulgation of the written materials.

The legislation was drafted and sponsored by Delaware Representative Edward Osienski and Senator Bruce C. Ennis. Sprinkler advocates attending the bill signing included NFPA Regional Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers and Ray Lonabaugh, NFSA’s Mid Atlantic Regional Manager.

!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Latest Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter details home fire that forever altered a family's life

!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Fire chief passionate about home fire sprinklers becomes latest NFPA blogger

!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!The latest in NFPA's new video series underscores long-lasting, emotional torment following home fires

GbAs wildfires burn in California and across many communities in the U.S., Green Builder Media will host a free webinar presented by NFPA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT to help builders, remodelers, architects and consumers make better choices in design and materials that are environmentally sound, and safer from wildfire.

The webinar, “Building Safer in Natural Areas – Firewise and Wildland Fire,” will be hosted by Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager, who will discuss concepts and techniques around siting, designing, building and maintaining homes and neighborhoods to resist ignition from wildland fire. She will also explain how Firewise techniques can help reduce exposure to wildfire threat.

Research has shown that well-built homes and well-designed landscapes are much more likely to survive a wildfire. The building and design community has a lot to offer to help solve the challenge of home destruction in a wildfire. 

This is important information because the U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that wildfire seasons are increasing in length and intensity. A recent study published in Nature Communications indicates that there is “a significant lengthening of fire weather seasons across 25.3 percent of the planet's vegetated lands, leading to the elevation of mean fire season duration by up to 18.7 percent.” The study also states that, “the locations, which have become prone to burning due to the long periods of fire weather, also increased by 108.1 percent.”

Join this important information sharing webinar. Register today.

Across the pond in Wales (population three million), home fire sprinklers suffer the same myths and homebuilder opposition that is prevalent in North America. Yet, a historical measure was signed into law in 2011 following a unanimous vote by the Welsh Assembly to sprinkler the country's new homes starting next year. How did that happen?

NFPA recently interviewed Ronnie King, former chief fire officer in Wales and secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group, which brings fire-related topics to the Parliament's attention. King discusses how the sprinkler measure was passed, how the opposition was addressed, and why sprinkler advocates need to get on the radar of their legislators.

Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog for the full interview. 

Chris Pepler AFV training

NFPA Electrical Vehicle Safety Instructor Chris Pepler provides hands-on demonstration of a propane-powered school bus during an all-day AFV training hosted by the Boston Fire Department. 

With more alternative fuel vehicles entering the roadways each year, firefighters increasingly need to learn how to identify those vehicles and properly handle them when responding to emergency situations.

The Boston Fire Department (BFD) clearly recognizes that need – for their own department and beyond. Yesterday, they hosted NFPA’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) “Train the Trainer” Emergency Responder Safety Program on Moon Island in Quincy, MA, for BFD personnel, and generously opened up the training to neighboring fire departments as well. Participants included fire departments from Braintree, Brockton, Cambridge, Lynn, Malden, Marshfield, Quincy and Somerville, along with the Massachusetts State Police.

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“Training our firefighters on the latest hazards they face responding to vehicle fires and accidents keeps everyone safe. This needed program from NFPA will allow Boston Fire to educate our members first on the scene about alternative fuel vehicles and how best to mitigate incidents involving an AFV,” said Fire Commissioner Chief Joseph Finn.

BFD is taking a proactive approach to ensure that its staff is knowledgeable about AFVs and prepared in the event of an emergency. Their efforts are particularly timely as Boston Public Schools recently purchased 86 propane-powered school buses, and MASSDot approved a contract for 325 hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to replace a current fleet of MBTA buses.

NFPA also offers a free, online AFV Emergency Responder Safety Training Program - visit to sign up and learn more about program.

AFV program
You all may remember this program we launched a few years ago, the Electric Vehicle Safety Training course, designed to provide emergency responders with the information needed to respond safely and effectively to emergencies involving hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and to emergencies involving vehicle charging stations.

Well, we have now launched a new, updated program; Alternative Fuel Vehicles Training Program for U.S. Emergency Responders, which is now available onlineThis free, self-paced course teaches emergency responders how to safely deal with emergency situations involving alternative fuel passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and commercial fleet vehicles.

This course provides response training to first responders for incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles including electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, bio-diesel and gaseous fuels such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), LPG (Liquid Propane Gas), and their recharging/refueling stations. 

The program also covers identification techniques, immobilization and power-down procedures, extrication challenges, recommended practices for dealing with hazards such as fires and submersion, incidents involving charging/refueling stations, and more.

These concepts are taught through the use of highly interactive learning modules which include videos, graphics, 3D animations, simulations, and data review exercises, and the user can repeat any section on demand. Students will receive a certificate for successful completion of the program.

AFV courseUpon completion of the four modules, training participants should be able to:

  • Safely conduct emergency scene size-up and management
  • Identify an alternative fuel vehicle
  • Effectively immobilize the vehicle for scene safety
  • Disable the vehicle's High Voltage and SRS systems
  • Conduct occupant rescue more safely
  • Execute AFV recovery and disposal

Register for the FREE Alternative Fuel Vehicles Training Program through NFPA's website

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