• Are there any trainings or certifications I should look for when consulting with wildfire experts?

      Valerie Ziavras, Engineer and Staff Liaison for NFPA 1 and Michele Steinberg, Director of NFPA’s Wildfire Division teamed up in this recent NFPA Live session. They discussed today’s growing ri...
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  • Tentative Interim Amendments issued on NFPA 13, NFPA 14, NFPA 24, NFPA 400, and NFPA 1981

    The NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) on NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe an...
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  • Open RFP for “Modern Vehicle Hazards in Parking Garages and Transportation Vessels”

      Vehicles have changed significantly over the years. Modern vehicles present new hazards due to, for example, the incorporation of larger quantities of combustible materials (e.g. fuels, plastics, synthetic mat...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: Boston’s Portable Drill Tower in 1938

      From The NFPA Quarterly v.32, no.2, 1938: What is believed to be the first large city portable drill tower designed for holding public exhibition drills in various parts of the city is shown above. The pictur...
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  • Team up with Domino’s to promote Fire Prevention Week in your community!

      NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up for the 12th year in a row to deliver fire safety messages and pizza during Fire Prevention Week (FPW), Oct. 6 -12, 2019. To make this year’s campaign a success, we...
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  • New Checklist Helps Electricians Assess Whether Damaged Electrical Systems Should be Repaired or Replaced After a Natural Disaster

      The past few months have produced a number of powerful and damaging natural disasters across the US. From earthquakes and wildfires in the west to tornadoes in the Midwest and hurricanes across our northern and...
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  • Do I still need to worry about egress capacity if I’m doing rehabilitation work in my building?

      In my recent NFPA® Live session I discussed calculating egress capacity in accordance with NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, to determine whether the egress system is sized appropriately. T...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: Cockroach Racing in the 1800's

    During the summer of 1925, Mr. S.D. McComb, chairman of the NFPA Marine Committee shared a story that he had heard from a colleague “across the pond” regarding the possible hazards of a pastime once common...
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  • As the nation grapples with the loss of 34 lives, let’s fuel forward-thinking action

      Gilroy, California. El Paso, Texas. Dayton, Ohio. In the span of 10 days, news outlets have reported on three horrific active shooter incidents that have claimed the lives of 34, wounded 63, and rattled the Am...
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  • NFPA Urges Conference Attendees to Find Their Role in the Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem and Work Together with Each Other to Protect People and Property

    At NFPA’s Conference & Expo in 2018, Jim Pauley introduced attendees to the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem, telling them "we have failed to connect the dots. While everyone is so focused on their particula...
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  • Free webinar on "Storage Protection under Sloped Ceilings"

    In the event of a fire, a sloped ceiling may alter sprinkler performance from expected results for a conventional horizontal ceiling configuration. Prior computational studies investigated the effect of ceiling slope ...
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  • NFPA’s own Tracy Vecchiarelli was Named One of the Top 5 Under 35 Emerging Professionals by SFPE

    Congrats to NFPA’s own Tracy Vecchiarelli, who was named as one of the Emerging Professionals-5 Under 35 by SFPE!  This is the first year that the new honor has been given.  The five recipients are rec...
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  • It's important to emphasize that the distance to an extinguisher is not a radius but an actual walking path distance limit.

      In my recent NFPA® Live session I focused on the location and placement requirements for portable fire extinguishers. I discussed the requirements of NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguis...
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  • Soliciting public comments on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments to NFPA 855

    The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for the proposed 2020 edition of NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, are being published for public review and comme...
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  • Errata issued on NFPA 13, NFPA 25, NFPA 72, NFPA 101A, and NFPA 400

    NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; NFPA 72, Nati...
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  • NFPA offers free fire service energy storage & solar safety training - live webinars

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is excited to offer its newly updated fire service Photovoltaic & Battery Energy Storage Systems Safety Training course to the United States fire service. This four-...
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  • Members of NFPA's Electrical Inspector Section discuss challenges facing the inspection community

    Another June has come and gone, and now we’re on the backside of 2019! For those of us at NFPA who are involved the NFPA Conference and Expo and the annual technical session, July signifies our recovery from the...
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  • NFPA 1:  When is Fire Department Access Required? #FireCodeFridays

    Special thanks to Zack Fischer, one the interns spending a summer at the NFPA working in our Technical Services and Engineering divisions, for his contributions to this blog. Zack is studying for his Bachelor of Scien...
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  • Inquiring minds want to know which NFPA Emergency Response and Responder Safety standards will be consolidated and when - here’s the plan as of today

          The standards above are slated to be consolidated into one overarching document in Phase 1 of the consolidation effort.   Two months ago, it was announced that the NFPA Standards C...
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  • Journal NOW: How the 2018 Merrimack Valley gas fires are an incident management success story

      The natural gas fires and explosions that swept through three communities in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts in September 2018 struck quickly and without warning, inflicting an...
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