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What kid – or adult kid – wouldn’t want a hoverboard?

 

During the 2015 holiday season, hoverboards were all the rage. The two-wheeled, motorized, self-balancing scooters were one of the hardest gifts to get. Think Atari in 1979, Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983, or Tickle Me Elmo in 1996.

 

The problem is, hoverboards have a tendency to catch fire, in many cases due to overheated lithium batteries. Learn from Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy, what the holiday hoverboard flap illustrated about public safety.

 

Also in our March/April issue, Kathleen Almand, vice president for Research at NFPA, talks about the results of a long-term health study proving that firefighters have a higher risk than the general population for some types of cancers. Find out more here.

 

Donald Bliss, our vice president of Field Operations, discusses why it’s critical to gather fire data from across the world. This topic is particularly current in the wake of deadly fires across the world, including the Russian mental health clinic fire that killed 23 and the tragic factory fires in Bangladesh that have killed hundreds. 

 

Over in Washington, D.C., our division director for Government Affairs, Gregory Cade, talks about global climate change in the wake of the annual Conference of the Parties (COP21), also know as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference – which produced the Paris Agreement for the limiting of global warming. Does the agreement signal a new role for codes and standards developers?

 

http://www.nfpa.org/newsandpublications/nfpa-journal/2016/march-april-2016/columns/washington-dc?order_src=D643Ken Willette, division manager for Public Fire Protection, discusses whether all firefighters need to be trained and certified for interior fire attack, or whether some can be limited to logistical support outside a structure during a fire. Read more here.

 

Finally, there’s news on how climate change and structural fire risks collide in the wildland/urban interface, courtesy of Lucian Deaton, who manages the Firewise Communities and Fire Adapted Communities Programs in NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division.

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The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code® , are being published for public review and comment:

 

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the May 20, 2016 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date

An live burn/sprinkler demonstration in Connecticut was made possible by NFPA's 2015 Bringing Safety Home Grant.

 

NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative recently announced the winners of its Bringing Safety Home Grant, given to 15 recipients across North America. The funding assists and other safety advocates with up to $10,000 apiece to support activities that showcase the importance of home fire sprinklers.

 

Following a successful launch in 2015, the Bringing Safety Home Grant is once again assisting sprinkler advocates with their grassroots efforts this year. Recipients will use the grant to initiate an extensive campaign promoting home fire sprinklers to residents and the state’s decision makers.

 

See a complete list of this year's recipients.

Directory.jpgThe 2016 NFPA Standards Directory is now available for download. The Directory contains standards development information such as:

  • An introduction to the NFPA standards development process
  • the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards,Technical Meeting Convention Rules, and other procedures
  • NFPA's members of the Board of Directors, Standards Council, and advisory committees
  • Committee projects and scopes, revision cycle schedules for processing committee reports

 

Download a free copy of the NFPA Standards Directory (PDF, 2 MB), your guide to NFPA’s standards development process.

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