• Journal NOW: Preparation—a look at NFPA Journal’s upcoming coverage of NFPA 3000

    This is the first blog in a three-part series NFPA’s Massachusetts headquarters has been buzzing with excitement over the anticipated release of a groundbreaking new provisional standard.  Slated for rel...
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  • Journal NOW: Five years after the devastating West, Texas, explosion, the threat of stored ammonium nitrate remains

    Little has been done from a regulatory standpoint to ensure that the kind of catastrophic disaster that rocked the town of West, Texas, five years ago doesn’t happen again. That’s the assessment of at le...
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  • Journal NOW: The Boston Marathon bombing five years later

    Under a cold and hard-driving rain, about 30,000 determined runners gathered Monday morning in Hopkinton, Massachusetts at the start of the 122nd Boston Marathon. The race, held since 1897, is one of Boston’s mo...
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  • Journal NOW: A former chief bids adieu to NFPA and offers some parting advice

    After 35 years in the fire service and then another eight helping lead NFPA's first responder efforts, our chief Ken Willette retired last month.  For several years, Ken has been the author of NFPA Journal's Fir...
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  • Blocked exits and disconnected smoke alarms cited in Russian mall fire that killed 64

    CNN photo   A deadly fire at a four-story mall in Kemerovo, Russia has not only shaken officials and residents in the Siberian city but has raised the ire of fire and life safety advocates around the globe due t...
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  • Journal NOW: Should we be worried about exploding refrigerators?

    Sign up for the webinar, “Evaluation of Fire Hazard of ASHRAE Class A3 Flammable Refrigerants” on March 22. Read NFPA Journal’s detailed feature on the impending change to flammable refrigerants,...
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  • Journal NOW: Amazon exec talks warehouse fire safety

    In 1995, Amazon.com launched as a small online bookstore. Today, its stock shares sell at a higher price than Google's. The retail giant and technology company is poised to become even bigger and more successful in th...
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  • Journal NOW: You can buy a flamethrower—who knew?

    Back in February, when I first read headlines that The Boring Company, which is run by high-profile California businessman Elon Musk, was selling flamethrowers to anyone who could fork over $500, I sent my colleagues ...
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  • Now available:  March 2018 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter

    The March 2018 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available. In this issue: New project being explored on spaceports Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments seeking comments o...
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  • Journal NOW: Guidance wanted: March/April NFPA Journal looks at spaceports, craft distilleries, and more

    At first glance, it might seem that the commercial space industry and craft distilling wouldn't have much in common. But they share at least one big need: to varying degrees, both industries are looking for more compr...
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  • Journal NOW: Fraudulent claims make matters worse for 2017 wildfire, hurricane victims

    Getty Images Making matters worse for the millions of Americans who lost their homes to hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters in 2017 are hundreds of thousands of fraudsters trying to capitalize on their...
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  • Are you prepared to respond to active shooter and hostile events? Provide input on NFPA 3000 now

    Download and share this new fact sheet   Hostile events are our sad, new reality. Active shootings and mass killings fill our news feeds on a regular basis.   According to the FBI, the U.S. witnessed 160 hos...
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  • Parkland, Florida, another painful reminder that our world has changed

      Our hearts are heavy as details emerge from Parkland, Florida about yet another active shooting incident in our country. While the refrain, “when will it end?” has been uttered by politicians, pund...
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  • Journal NOW: 'This Is Us' tops NFPA Journal coverage of fire in popular culture

    Photo: Milo Ventimiglia via Twitter   In January, the hit NBC drama series "This Is Us" aired the first in a string of episodes that highlighted critical fire safety messages such as the importance of replacing s...
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  • Another fire in a high-rise building with combustible exterior panels underscores the need for improvements to the safety infrastructure and proactive risk assessment

      Last week NFPA introduced EFFECT™ (the Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool) to help building owners and managers assess risk in their properties, and stem the tide of fires in high-rise struc...
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  • Raising the bar on energy storage system safety in Denver

      The growing popularity of energy storage systems (ESS) is perhaps no more evident than in Honolulu, where applications for permits rose more than 1,700% last year, according to PV. The number of requests grant...
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  • Journal NOW: Lenovo recall is latest involving fire risk for lithium-ion batteries

    Lenovo and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Tuesday a recall involving about 80,000 of the Chinese technology company's best-selling laptops.   The fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon ...
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  • Prioritizing fire risk in high-rise buildings with combustible cladding systems using NFPA's new tool, EFFECT

    Driven by a desire to have more energy-efficient buildings, it’s an unfortunate truth that many of today’s high-rises in cities around the globe are sheathed in combustible materials. Whether it’s fo...
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  • 7 children killed in United Arab Emirates house fire, mother is the only one to survive

    Source: Pawan Singh / The National   House fires are tragic in and of themselves but when they occur and take the lives of young children, it just makes everything more painful. According to ABC News, resident...
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  • Fire in a South Korean facility without working sprinklers kills dozens for second time in a month

      According to the BBC, nearly 40 people perished and more than 130 were injured this week in a hospital fire in South Korea. It was the country’s deadliest fire in nearly ten years. The blaze comes o...
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