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198213.pngThe following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIAs) for NFPA 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems, is being published for public review and comment:



Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the November 9, 2016 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

IMG_1157.JPGOur International Department is excited to welcome visitors from India, who are at NFPA headquarters today! The delegation, which has traveled to the U.S. at the invitation of our FM Global friends, represents members of various codes and standards committees for the Bureau of Indian Standards.


The participants here today include:

  • Ashok Menon - Director, Goa Fire Service
  • M.V. Deshmukh - President, National Association of Fire Officers
  • Subhash Kumar - GM (Fire), Airport Authority of India
  • A K Sharma, Ex - Director, Delhi Fire Service
  • Santosh Warick -  Fire Advisor & Chief Fire Officer, MIDC Fire Service,
  • Devendra Potphode - CFO, Pune City Metropolitan Authority
  • Dr. G A Bhat -  Ex Fire Advisor, Govt of J&K
  • TRA Krishnan - National Building Code Writer
  • Ratnakar Chimote - Chief Scientist, CBRI, Code committee member


This group will be learning about NFPA’s standards development process, our standards concerning life safety and fire sprinklers, the work of the Research Foundation, and our Big Data initiative. 


India is the most populous democracy in the world (1.2 billion people) and has become one of the fastest growing major economies.  It is now considered a newly industrialized country with significant fire protection challenges. A number of our standards are already used by design professionals in India, and as we continue building relationships with India’s representatives, we hope to expand their use of our codes and standards to strengthen fire and life safety throughout the country.


A warm welcome goes out to the delegation!


All eyes on the Eastern seaboard are on Hurricane Matthew, which has already churned through western Haiti, and as of this writing, is heading toward Cuba. Our friends at FEMA have compiled a helpful list of safety tips -- what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which forced the emergency evacuation of three hospitals in the New York City area, there was much focus on ensuring proper backup power and expedited power restoration for critical healthcare facilities.


In 2015, NFPA Journal® spoke with Eric Cote, one of the founders of Powered for Patients, an initiative to protect patient health when power supplies were compromised. Read the interview, which includes Mr. Cote's take that hospitals and utilities can do much more to work together before a disaster to help avoid a loss of power, and also to expedite the restoration of power.


Also see: Checklists for facility managers on safeguarding emergency power supply systems before, during and after disasters. The checklists are excerpted from FEMA Document P-1019: Emergency Power Systems for Critical Facilities: A Best Practices Approach to Improving Reliability.


More about a recent U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling that  >hospitals, transplant centers, critical access hospitals and long-term care facilities carefully evaluate their emergency and standby power systems.

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