• Journal NOW: New “In Compliance” addresses hazardous areas, code requirements for new fire alarm systems, and more

      Hazardous areas in buildings aren’t just those with high-hazard contents—a building’s areas, the materials stored in those areas, and the hazard of those materials are all factors in determin...
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  • Tentative Interim Amendments issued on NFPA 72, NFPA 291, and NFPA 1964

    The NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of a proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) on NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®; NFPA 291, Recommended Practice for Fire ...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1934 Tragedy of Hakodate, Japan

    On March 21, 1934, the city of Hakodate, Japan was overwhelmed by a conflagration that destroyed more than half of the city’s buildings and caused the loss of more than two thousand lives. While fires and conf...
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  • Participate in the development of an NFPA standard by submitting a public input

    One of the most notable features about NFPA’s standards development process is that it is a full, open, consensus-based process that encourages public participation in the development of its standards. A great w...
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  • Now available: March 2019 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter

    The March 2019 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available. In this issue: New project on Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists Professional Quali...
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  • Can anyone do integrated testing? What are the qualifications? Does it change with the complexity of the building?

      What is Integrated System Testing for Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems? Why is it so critical now? In my recent NFPA Live I identified various codes and standards that now require integrated system ...
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  • NFPA 1:  Automatic sprinkler systems, where required. #FireCodefridays

    A few week's ago I wrote about NFPA 1's requirement to provide automatic sprinkler protection for new buildings housing emergency fire, rescue, or ambulance services.  In addition to that requirement, there are m...
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  • A better understanding of NFPA 70E: a normal operation quiz

    As you know, NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® does not determine what normal operation of your equipment entails. NFPA 70E details the normal operating conditions ne...
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  • RFP now open for impact of obstructions on spray sprinklers project; submission deadline March 29, 2019

    The Foundation has previously completed work on the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers in storage occupancies. Similar research is needed related to spray sprinklers and obstructions.  There is a need to a...
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  • Soliciting public comments on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments to NFPA 13, NFPA 14, NFPA 58, and NFPA 101

    The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems;...
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  • Journal NOW: Remembering the Windsor Hotel St. Patrick's Day fire 120 years later

    Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, and on that day in New York City 120 years ago, tragedy struck at the Windsor Hotel. After one careless guest attempted to flick a still-flaming match out of a window, a mas...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1929 Kinloch Mine Disaster

    On March 21, 1929 an explosion and fire occurred at the Kinloch Mine in Parnassus, PA. The origin of this explosion was underground and forty-six lives were lost when the incident occurred. At the time of the explosio...
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  • #101Wednesdays: Since multiple-occupancy buildings lead to multiple questions and interpretations, who’s right?

    Image: Wikimedia Commons Over the 20+ years I’ve been working with  NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, the concept of multiple-occupancy buildings hasn’t been all that controversial. In fact, I’d go so...
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  • #101Wednesdays - The Great Escape (...Or Not...)

    “Escape rooms” seem to be popping up everywhere. For a fee, you’re locked in a room with a group of friends. The goal is to escape from the room by searching for clues and solving a series of intelle...
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  • SUPDET 2019 call for papers deadline approaching!

    The Call for Papers deadline is quickly approaching for SUPDET® 2019, which will be held September 17-20, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Denver City Center in Denver, CO! Since 1997, the Research Foundation has organiz...
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  • This year’s Safety Stand Down campaign to focus on occupational exposure in the fire service

      “REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE: IT’S EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY” is the theme of the 2019 Safety Stand Down campaign. Each year, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Nation...
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  • RFP now open for electrical circuit data collection project; submission deadline is March 27, 2019

    The service, feeder and branch circuit load design requirements in NFPA 70, National Electrical Code® (NEC®) may need to be updated based on the increasing pace of technological innovation along th...
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  • My generator was installed and previously approved, why am I being cited now?

      Many health care facilities have recently been cited because their generators are not provided with emergency stop stations. Some have questioned whether existing installations should be "grandfathered" since ...
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  • Journal NOW: In the new NFPA Journal, a look at parking garage safety, the rise of modular construction, an interview with the new head of the US Forest Service, and more

    Parking garages are ubiquitous in virtually every city on the planet, but they may not provide an adequate level of safety for the vehicles stored in them—or for the people driving and parking those vehicles. &#...
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