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emergency responder robotics.jpgNFPA is seeking public comment by June 17, 2016, on a proposed new project for the development of a standard on operational protocol and professional qualifications for operators of emergency responder robotics (including unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other robotics utilized in emergency responder applications).

 

NFPA is soliciting comments from all interested individuals and organizations for these robotics, and specifically asks: "Do you, or your organization, support NFPA developing a standard on UAS operation protocols and UAV operator professional qualifications?"

 

If the Standards Council approves the project, it is anticipated that a new NFPA Technical Committee will be established to provide expertise and a balance of interested stakeholders specific to applicable technologies and operations. If you or your organization are interested in participation on a Technical Committee to develop the proposed project, please complete our online committee members application.

F2016_CEbrochurecover.jpgriday, May 6 is your last chance to get early-bird conference pricing for the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo.

The full conference pass gives you access to the General Session, all conference education sessions (130+ sessions), the NFPA Technical Meeting, the Expo, the Discovery District, 2017 NEC  Experience and more!

 

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#17 - Smokey Bear (002).jpgSparky spent a day with his good friend Smokey Bear, the mascot for the Forest Service and a widely recognized face of wildfire prevention. The two of them got to attend a birthday party for Sparky hosted by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Bureau of Forest Fire Control, complete with birthday cake!

 

On Saturday, May 7, Sparky and Smokey Bear will both be out doing work to protect their communities from wildfire, as part of National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Anyone who wants to join them can visit our website to learn how to create a project using our project idea list or find a project already going on to participate in.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities that require healthcare facilities to use the 2012 edition of NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® (LSC); and mandates direct compliance with the 2012 edition of NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code, for the first time.

 

In the past, hospitals, long-term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers, hospices that provide inpatient services, and others needed to demonstrate that their fire and life safety programs satisfied different editions of NFPA 101 in order to meet the Conditions of Participation (COP), as defined by CMS for participation in federal reimbursement programs. The new CMS ruling goes into effect July, 5, 2016. The rule allows facilities greater flexibility in recognizing new sleeping and treatment suite designs, person-centered care models, healing environment equipment, and the risk-based approach now utilized by NFPA 99.

 

99_jpg.jpgThe CMS requirements also specified that all Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) issued between August 11, 2011 and April 16, 2014 be incorporated as part of the rule. These TIAs change the language of the codes originally accepted and published in-between cycles. Users should make sure that they are aware of these changes to the code that may not be in their printed copies.

 

In anticipation of this final rule, NFPA created a CMS resource page with TIAs, training, webinars and other pertinent information to help users as they transition to the 2012 versions of these two codes.  Stakeholders will find free online access to NFPA 101 and NFPA 99, and other relevant resources including:

 

The NFPA resource page will be continuously updated with industry expertise and key information so that facility managers and hospital officials can meet the newly-defined Medicare and Medicaid fire safety requirements for health care facilities.

The Fire Sprinkler Initiative has released a new video for its North American campaign underscoring the horrors of today’s home fires and the solution for reducing these tragedies.

 

Michelle Allyn and her two daughters, Aaliyah and Lexie Brittian, are the newest members of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s Faces of Fire Campaign, which humanizes the realities of families--in this case, teenagers--impacted by home fires and promotes the life-saving capability of home fire sprinklers. Soon after a fire ravaged their home in 2014, the structure was demolished. Rebuilding a safer home was a necessity for Allyn, which is why she opted for home fire sprinklers.

 

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NESM.jpgElectricity plays a major role in our daily lives but we can often take its power and the convenience it provides, along with its potential for fire-related hazards, for granted. That is why we actively support National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical fire safety during the month of May.

According to our most recent statistics, an estimated average of nearly 48,000 home structure fires caused by electrical problems were reported to U.S. fire departments. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, more than 1,500 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in property damage. Roughly half of these involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment such as wiring, lighting, and cords or plugs.

Fortunately, there are many simple steps people can take to greatly reduce their risk. ESFI and NFPA urge homeowners to have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician and to follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a wall outlet. The following are additional tips residents can follow to help keep their homes safe from electrical fires:

  • Only plug one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) into a wall outlet at a time. Unplug small appliances when not in use.
  • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children. If a replacement is not possible, install new protective outlet covers that don’t allow children to insert an object into the wall outlet.
  • Avoid putting cords in places such as under rugs and carpets or across doorways where they can be damaged or pinched by furniture.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. Check the sticker on the lamp to determine the maximum wattage light bulb to use.
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are a kind of circuit breaker that shuts off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home by a qualified electrician.
  • Check electrical cords often. Replace any that are cracked, damaged or loose.

For additional tips and resources including infographics, fact sheets, and videos about electrical fire safety, check out ESFI’s Electrical Safety Illustrated publication and visit NFPA’s Electrical Safety in the Home webpage.

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