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Hurricane Lane has made landfall along parts of Hawaii’s Big Island today triggering landslides and threatening serious flooding, according to CNN. About 7 to 12 inches of rain have already fallen since this morning and is considered one of the biggest threats to the island in decades. 
As Lane bears down on the Aloha State, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is alerting contractors in the area of their “Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment” document aimed specifically at contractors who will be called in to help with the damage assessment once the waters have receded. The guide is free and available to download on NEMA's website.
The document provides guidelines on how to handle electrical equipment that has been exposed to water. It’s designed for suppliers, installers, inspectors and users of electrical products, and outlines items that require complete replacement or those that can be reconditioned by a trained professional. Such equipment includes:
  • Electrical distribution equipment
  • Power equipment
  • Transformers
  • Wire, cable and flexible cords
  • Wiring devices
  • GFCIs and surge protectors
  • Lighting fixtures and ballasts,
  • Motors and electronic products
According to NEMA, field representatives are reaching out to local officials in Hawaii with guidance on restoring electrical systems affected by wind, rain or flooding. NEMA also recommends that inspectors, suppliers and others contact the original manufacturer of the equipment if there are questions and/or a need for specific recommendations. 
Industry professionals looking for additional information about electrical safety related to hurricanes and storms can visit NFPA’s webpage for emergency preparedness.  
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The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) on the proposed 2019 edition of NFPA 52, Vehicular Natural Gas Fuel Systems Code, is being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by September 27, 2018. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

Following in the steps of publications such as The Atlantic, NFPA Journal is now experimenting with offering audio versions of select articles. Audio has already been added to two articles from the July/August issue—my feature story on the challenges of regulating short-term rental properties, and an overview of NFPA's 2017 Firefighter Fatalities report
Providing audio versions of written articles makes it easier for people to digest Journal content on the go, in the same way you might listen to a podcast in the car on your evening commute. It also makes the content more accessible for people who are visually impaired. 
To keep up with NFPA Journal's audio offerings, visit the Soundcloud page.
In the summer of 1910, over 3 million acres burned across northern Idaho and western Montana. Eighty-five people died and multiple towns were destroyed in the fire.
1910 was considered a dry year by anyone’s account at the time. Much like the environmental conditions we are experiencing today in many parts of the United States, the snows melted early and the spring rains simply did not come… “By June, the woods were on fire in a hundred different places.”
Descriptions from the time include those of firestorms and “trees by the millions [that] became exploding candles”.
The impact of this incident shaped US Forest Service policy for decades and influence the public perception of fire suppression and fire within wildlands.
The Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has set up a Staff Ride website where participants are put in the shoes of the men who were at The Great Fire in Idaho. It serves as a Case Study and an opportunity for people to learn what happened and ask questions about decision-making.
For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Research Library & Archives.
The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic.
Library staff are available to answer research questions from members and the general public.

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