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The NFPA Standards Council acted on the issuance of documents in the Annual 2016 revision cycle and considered several appeals at its August 3-4, 2016 meeting.

 

The final decisions have been issued by the Council on the following four documents:

  • NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2017 edition
  • NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, 2017 edition
  • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, 2017 edition
  • NFPA 75, Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment, 2017 edition

Read the final decisions from the August 2016 meeting

 

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors that oversees the Association's codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment.

We have received feedback regarding the omission of “change indicators” in our codes and standards (such as vertical rules, bullets, or shading, which identify changes between editions), a feature that was previously available but is not available now in the same way in our new codes and standards publishing platform. We recognize that this omission has been frustrating for users of our documents and we apologize for the inconvenience it has caused.

 

At NFPA we take very seriously the feedback we receive and value the opinions of those who use and rely on our information. Since the implementation of our new publishing platform, we have been working on improving our process
for including change indicators in all of our codes and standards; a solution that will meet the needs of code users and provide better service for our customers.

 

We anticipate this permanent solution to be in place for all 2018 editions of NFPA codes and standards (annual 2017 cycle). But in the interim, while this process is being put into place, we have developed a process to provide change
indicators in several documents where the number of changes between editions can be significant.

 

To respond to that need, the following products are in place or are coming in the near future:

    • Digital versions with change indicators for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
    • Digital versions with change indicators for the 2016 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
    • Digital and print versions with change indicators (available in September 2016) for the upcoming 2017 editions of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, NFPA
      58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code
      and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®.

 

NFPA is continually working to develop the best tools for our stakeholders. We appreciate your continued patience as we develop and add this feature to our publishing system. If you have any questions or need more information regarding our process for including change indicators in our codes and standards, leave your comment below and we will be sure to follow-up with you.

 

Thank you for your continued support and for the work you do to help keep our communities safer from the risk and effects of fire, electrical and other hazards.

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It is always uplifting to hear of fresh ideas that are aimed at reducing fire risks and keeping people safe. Whether every new concepts makes it to market is not the point.  The point is that, as a society, we keep trying.

 

I was excited to recently learn of The Paradigm Challenge — a youth innovation competition that this year aimed to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by home fires.  I was even more excited to learn that Kyle Sitkins, a high school graduate from my local area, edged out more than 25,000 competitors from across the nation to take 2nd place in the competition.  Kyle introduced a prototype he calls the "Spring Sandwich" which is targeted at reducing dryer fires.  The Spring Sandwich pops open the lint trap to remind the user that it needs to be cleaned.

 

Kyle was startled to find in his research that washers or dryers account for about 17,000 fires in the U.S. every year, and he used data found through the National Fire Protection Association to support his project innovation.  “I knew dryer fires were very common and it can be an easy thing to forget,” Sitkins said. “I thought it would be nice to have something that would always remind somebody.”

Kyle will be awarded $2,500 that he plans to apply to tuition at Michigan Technological University to study engineering next year.  Online voting is open through Aug. 30 for the Public Choice Award, which could earn Kyle an additional $5,000. Check out Kyle's “Dryer Lint Reminder” and vote!  And also take a moment to read NFPA's safety tips  on dryer safety, or share a safety tip sheet on the topic!

 

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Three new Requests for Proposals (RFPs) have been issued by the Foundation in the past few weeks and are still open for any organizations interested in submitting a proposal.  All RFPs are available on the Foundation website at www.nfpa.org/foundation.

 

The first RFP relates to a Phase 1 study on Evaluation of Electrical Feeder and Branch Circuit Loading.  The goal of the project is to develop a data collection plan to provide statistically significant load data for a variety of occupancy and loading types to provide a technical basis for considering revisions to the feeder and branch circuit design requirements in the National Electrical Code®.  The data would be collected in a potential second phase project.  The deadline for proposal submission is 22 August 2016 by 5pm EDT.

 

The second RFP is for a literature review on Storage Protection and Horizontal Barriers.  Contractor will review relevant literature on potential horizontal barriers in rack storage arrangements, relevant requirements in NFPA 13 and the basis behind each, and currently available test data related to shelving/horizontal barriers.  The end project will be an analysis of the knowledge gaps around the topic that could lead to further research.  The deadline for proposals is 2 September 2016 by 5pm EDT.

 

The third RFP relates to the topic of Marina Risk Reduction.  The overall goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive risk assessment and associated action plan to eliminate, prevent, and/or mitigate the harmful effects of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) in the vicinity of marinas, boatyards and floating buildings.  The deadline for proposals is 9 September 2016 by 5pm EDT.

 

If you have any questions, please contact research@nfpa.org

 

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