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The second edition of NFPA's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities is now available for free and accessible online. With input from NFPA's Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee (DARAC) and other nationally recognized safety advocates, the guide was originally created in 2007 to create a comprehensive evacuation planning strategy for the disabled community, establishing the needs, criteria and minimum information necessary for proper planning.

 

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While the guide continues to outline the four elements of evacuation that occupants need in the event of an emergency (notification; way finding; use of the way; and assistance), the new edition features updated statistics, graphics, photos and links, along with an expanded, more detailed checklist for the personal evacuation planning process. It also incorporates technology that enables screen readers who are blind or low vision to access content online.

 

Allan Fraser, senior specialist for NFPA's Building Fire Protection Division, who played a key role in the guide's development, says that moving forward, the document will be updated more frequently with timely updates and information that reflect the continually changing and evolving built environments in which we all work and live.

This year's NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session) will be held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, on June 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in Ballroom E-L.  NFPA will be providing wireless internet access during the Tech Session so attendees have the option of downloading the agenda prior to or during the Tech Session. Also, documentation such as First Draft Reports and Second Draft Reports can be viewed on the Next edition tab of each specific document information page.

 

Download the agenda for this year’s Tech Session in Las Vegas.

 

The Tech Session is an important step in developing a complete record to assist the Standards Council in determining the degree of consensus achieved on proposed changes to NFPA Standards. During this meeting, NFPA members are given an opportunity to vote on proposed changes and members of the public can voice their opinions on these actions. Only NFPA members of record as of December 18, 2015 who are currently in good standing are eligible to vote at this meeting.

 

Following is the order of the NFPA documents to be presented for action in Las Vegas:

  • NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
  • NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code
  • NFPA 75, Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment
  • NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®

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While it’s undisputed that smoke alarms save countless lives, they aren’t perfect. In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to almost 2.5 million false alarms, almost twice the total number of reported fires and five times the number of structure fires.

 

“Unwanted alarms have also taken an increasing toll on the nation’s fire service in the form of fuel costs, apparatus wear and tear, risk of collision and injury during response, and a growing complacency when responding to automatic alarms,” writes Marty Ahrens, senior manager of Fire Analysis Services at NFPA, in a feature story in the new NFPA Journal.

 

In the article, “The Unwanted Conundrum,” in the May/June NFPA Journal, professionals from all sides of the issue—manufacturers, firefighters, researchers—weigh-in with commentary on the issues, challenges, and possible solutions to the unwanted alarm problem.


Read what they have to say in the all new NFPA Journal

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