• Massive Fire Engulfs Home of Cooking Show Star Rachel Ray and Family; Local Officials Say Home Fire Sprinklers Would Have Made a Difference

    A huge fire engulfed the upstate New York home of television host and celebrity cook, Rachel Ray, causing massive damage to the second floor and destroying the roof of the mansion. According to news sources, the house...
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  • Building and Life Safety: Requirements for Emergency Egress Drills

      It's back to school time. But, what back to school will look like in 2020 will be unlike anything in the past.  Currently, communities are facing unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic causin...
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  • What Lies Beneath the Water: Electric Shock Drowning Takes More Lives

    It is common knowledge that electric shock itself has the potential to cause death. When it comes to electric shock drowning (ESD), electrical shock in the way we might normally think of it, such as stopping your hear...
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  • Baltimore Explosion Kills Two, Injures Dozens and Highlights a Need for Fuel Gas Detection

      Yesterday morning, an explosion, most likely involving natural gas, ripped through three rowhouses in northwest Baltimore, leaving two dead and seven more transported to hospitals. The blast occurred on the 4-...
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  • NFPA Standards Council Agenda and Hearings Schedule for the August 2020 Meeting Now Available

    The NFPA Standards Council will be meeting on August 10-13, 2020 by video conference (daily sessions from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST until conclusion of meeting).  At this meeting, some of the topics the Coun...
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  • Review the First Draft Reports to submit comments on 11 of the Emergency Response and Responder Safety (ERRS) Standards in a custom Annual 2021 revision cycle

    The First Draft Reports for 11 of the NFPA Emergency Response and Responder Safety (ERRS) Standards in a custom Annual 2021 revision schedule are available. Review the First Draft Reports for use as background in the ...
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  • PODCAST: New NFPA Podcast episode details sprinkler retrofit project and home fire sprinkler incentives

    In a popular scene from the 1993 Halloween comedy flick Hocus Pocus, one of the characters holds a lighter up to a sprinkler head, causing several of them to go off at once. Fire sprinkler experts will ...
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  • RFP Now Open for FPRF Project: Performance Criteria for Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection Systems

      Request for Proposals are now open for the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) research project to study Performance Criteria for Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection Systems. NFPA 409, Standard on Aircraft ...
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  • Video: NFPA's Guy Colonna discusses ammonium nitrate safety after Beirut explosion

      Yesterday's explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, has left at least 100 people dead and thousands more injured. Multiple news sources are now saying the blast, which could be heard from 150 miles away, was due to larg...
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  • New NFPA LiNK will provide situation-based code information and insights across any device

      NFPA LiNK, a new digital content on demand platform, was introduced during a virtual product reveal today. NFPA LiNK is designed to deliver intuitive, seamless, code-based information to those responsible fo...
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  • Second Draft Reports for NFPA Standards in the Fall 2020 revision cycle are available

    The Second Draft Reports for NFPA Standards in the Fall 2020 revision cycle are available with a deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM) of August 27, 2020.   These proposed NFPA Standard...
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  • #101Wednesdays: NFPA 101 and hazardous areas

    You’ll sometimes hear users of the Life Safety Code refer to hazardous areas, protection from hazards, special hazards, and other variations on the same theme. So what exactly is a hazardous area and what s...
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  • Fire Protection Research Foundation Project - Female Firefighter PPE Survey Opportunity

      Structural and wildland firefighting turnout suits are primarily developed for the male firefighter, despite the growing number of women firefighters in the fire protection community. Studies have shown that w...
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  • Arizona ESS Explosion Investigation and Line of Duty Injury Reports Now Available

    Two reports from the Surprise, Arizona Energy Storage System (ESS) explosion that occurred in April, 2019 were published this week.  One report, titled, “Four Firefighters Injured In Lithium-Ion Battery Ene...
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  • Where Do Fire Alarm Control Units Need to be Located?

    A question that we receive from time to time involves the location of fire alarm control units (FACU). This question typically comes in as someone asking if NFPA 72, Fire Alarm and Signaling Code specifies the lo...
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  • Fire Protection Research Foundation 2020 Semi-Annual Activity Summary

    This is a semi-annual update on Fire Protection Research Foundation activities. Although we may not be running into you at meetings and conferences these days, or seeing you at NFPA Headquarters - our team remains foc...
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  • Soliciting public comments on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments to NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agriculture and Food Processing Facilities, and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code

    The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) to NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities; and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code; ar...
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  • Many Factors to Consider When Providing Access to Roofs with a Photovoltaic System Installed

    The use of renewable energy is on the rise and one popular source is photovoltaics (PV). Section 11.12 in the 2018 Edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code covers everything related to PV installations from marking to rapid shutd...
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  • Recent Fires at Residential Occupancies under Construction Reinforce Critical Importance of NFPA 241

    Townhouse complex fire in Reno, NV - Photo courtesy of Reno Gazette Journal   Two massive fires in the last ten days occurred at residential complexes under construction, reinforcing the critical importance of f...
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  • NFPA’s new fact sheet addresses critical fire protection and life safety considerations for safe usage of tents

      UPDATE: Last month, I posted a blog (see below) that addressed fire and life safety considerations for restaurants and other businesses using tents to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As a follow-up to that ...
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