Hoverboards, Cancer Threats, and Big Data: Safety News You Need to Know

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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? 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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