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Are you a facility manager or hospital administrator? If you are, then you won't want to miss our FREE webinar, "CMS Adoption of the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99:  NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 - Changes from 2000 to 2012" on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

 

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its final rule that requires health care facilities to migrate from using the 2000 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® (LSC) to the 2012 edition; and mandates direct compliance with the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, for the first time. Health care providers that participate in federal reimbursement programs are required to meet the CMS COP expectations. This 1-hour online event will broaden your knowledge about the major changes you need to comply with, so you can raise awareness in your department or organization.        

 

NFPA's Jonathon Hart, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, will host the webinar and cover key updates including NFPA 101 - 2012 Edition and NFPA 99 - 2012 Edition. Jonathan currently serves as staff liaison to NFPA 99, Heath Care Facilities Code, working with the seven technical committees and the correlating committee responsible for the development of the document, and is a co-developer and instructor of the two-day NFPA 99 Seminar.

 

Won't you join us? Learn more about the webinar and register today to participate in this one-of-a-kind event.

shutterstock_82144921 (002).jpgShould you sleep with your bedroom door opened or closed? It’s a straightforward question, but the answer isn’t quite so clear-cut. Many variables, including where people sleep in their homes and the location of their smoke alarms, make it challenging to craft a one-size-fits-all answer.

 

In response to the latest research, NFPA’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee (EMAC) recently modified its messaging regarding sleeping with the door closed. The updated message states that, “a closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected.”

 

EMAC has also recommended the need for additional research to look at other factors, such as whether or not a closed door could delay early warning from a smoke alarm outside the sleeping room, along with how a closed door will impact the rate of fatalities when the fire begins in the room where the door is closed.

 

“While there are so many variables to where a fire starts and how it spreads, anything that can potentially give you more time to get out should be considered,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of NFPA’s Outreach and Advocacy division. “You could have as little as two minutes to escape a home fire, compared to seven to eight minutes years ago. Smoke alarms can provide the crucial early warning that often has a significant impact on the outcome of home fires.”

 

Carli added that while having working smoke alarms is of tantamount importance, installing fire sprinklers in the home is an even better way to lessen the threat of fire.

 

Texas NBC affiliate, NBCDFW, ran an investigative segment detailing the updated guidelines, including an interview with Carli that covers the new closed door messaging and the importance of smoke alarms and sprinklers.

 

Check out our escape planning and smoke alarm resources and information, including our safety tip sheets, which reflect NFPA’s revised position on this issue.

FullSizeRender (005).jpgNFPA continues to work with schools and community groups to raise awareness of the STEM field, and in particular, careers in the fire protection engineering space. Recently Kathleen Almand, NFPA’s vice president of research, was at Auburn Junior High School in Alabama where she witnessed great promise and genuine excitement about science and technology as she judged a school science fair.

 

Students created projects for the Paradigm Challenge, an annual competition that encourages students to address important social issues in innovative ways. Students were tasked with designing an invention or innovation to help lower the risk of home fires, then either create a physical model or digital rendering of their design. Their creations needed to be easy to operate and affordable to the general public.

 

“The entries ranged from an app for a fit-bit with alerts from the fire alarm to an app which locates an arc fault circuit interrupter in case of a faulty electrical situation, to an innovative exit lighting concept,” said Almand. “Judges rated the top 6 entries and individually graded all 45 entries. It was a great group of enthusiastic and forward-thinking students, and a pleasure to interact with emerging talent who share NFPA’s goal of eliminating death, injury and loss due to fire and electrical hazards.”

 

Other inventions showcased at the well-known science fair included a built-in escape ladder that unrolls from the bottom of a windowsill, remote control mini fire trucks, fire-safety systems for the hearing and vision impaired, and compact disposable fire safety suits.

 

Besides Kathleen, the judging panel included an equipment design engineer from Duracell, an alumni professor of chemical engineering, a field specialist from Underwriters Laboratories, Auburn’s fire chief and a representative from Harrington Group, a fire protection engineering firm.

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Today in fire history

Posted by normacandeloro Employee May 13, 2016

On Tuesday, May 13, 1997, a fire occurred at a board and care facility in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania. State fire investigators determined that the fire most likely started on a screened-in porch. Investigators determined that the fire was caused by disposal of smoking materials on the screened-in porch area of the building. The fire killed ten residents and injured three others. The building was heavily damaged by the fire, and the property loss was estimated at $270,000. The facility was a two-story plus basement, wood-frame structure with several additions that had been made over time, which increased the size of the building. Fire protection features included a fire alarm system with smoke detectors and heat detectors, and fire extinguishers. Interior stairways were enclosed. Steel doors with self-closing devices protected openings to the stairways; however, the self-closing device on one of the stairway doors was deactivated. Wall and ceiling finishes were noncombustible. The facility was not equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. NFPA members can read the full
investigation report
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