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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

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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.

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