• Baffled by sprinkler baffles? Be baffled no more!

    We know that standard spray sprinklers are not permitted to be located closer than 6 feet (1.8m) apart due to the “cold soldering” effect (one sprinkler spraying the other, thus preventing its operation). ...
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  • Staying Current with Electrical Technology? Get Back on Track at NFPA’s Conference & Expo!

    The electrical world is changing, are you keeping up? As demand for high-performance smart buildings increases, the solutions needed to support that demand are evolving.  NFPA and our community of experienced pro...
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  • National Electrical Safety Month: 4 Key Steps to Reduce Electrical Hazards in a Flooded Basement

    May is National Electrical Safety Month and the theme this year is “Electrical Safety During Natural Disasters.” While this event is sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi), still so...
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  • Journal NOW: Upstate New York blaze illustrates need for film and TV set fire safety

    In March 2018, a fire on the set of the movie "Motherless Brooklyn," in Harlem, New York City, left one firefighter dead. (Newscom)  Last week, a fire in the upstate New York town of Ellenville destroyed ...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: Repair, Replace or Report!

    May is National Electrical Safety Month and we are excited to have the opportunity to share some of the safety messaging NFPA has distributed throughout its lengthy history.   This week we are have a classic pub...
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  • #101Wednesdays:  Who is an AHJ and what is their role?

    Photo Credit: By Bill Dickinson (websites [2][3]) - [1], CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14815966   Generally when people walk into a building, they assume that the building will pr...
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  • #101Wednesdays: What Life Safety Lessons can be Learned from the Notre Dame Catastrophe?

    Photo Credit: Associated Press/Thierry Mallet It’s been a little over a week since I watched Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burn on live TV. In addition to my responsibility for the Life Safety Code at ...
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  • Designers, installers and AHJs: What you need to know about changes to NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

    In a recent webinar, industry expert and fire protection engineer, Merton Bunker, discussed significant ways NFPA 72 has changed and why. The information provides not only a great way for you to learn about the change...
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  • Notre Dame Cathedral fire reflects challenges of protecting historic buildings from fire

      I just returned from Paris this past Saturday after a week of meetings with the ISO committee that deals with Sustainable Cities and Communities.  Part of the goal of this committee is to look at a range ...
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  • In the new NFPA Journal, a preview of high-profile topics from the upcoming NFPA Conference & Expo

      Energy storage systems, community risk reduction, and important changes to the 2020 editions of NFPA 25 and the NEC—those are just some of the highlights of the new May/June NFPA Journal, which previews t...
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  • Grill with safety in mind this Memorial Day weekend and beyond: May through July are the leading months for home grilling fires

      Often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend includes lots of celebrations featuring cookouts and barbeques. But it also means the increased risk of grilling fires, as May is among ...
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  • Soliciting public comments on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments to NFPA 51B, NFPA 101, NFPA 1992, NFPA 1994, and NFPA 5000

    The following nine proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work;  NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®; NFPA ...
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  • NFPA 58: A Preview of Proposed Changes for 2020

    Some significant changes are on the horizon for NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code. Although the changes that have been proposed so far in the code development process are not groundbreaking, they are worthy of you...
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  • NFPA 1:  Where are standpipes required? #FireCodefridays

    Standpipe systems are fixed piping systems with associated equipment that transports water from a reliable water supply to designated areas of buildings. Such systems are typically provided in tall and large-area buil...
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  • #101Wednesdays: Occupant safety in animal housing facilities and the 2018 Life Safety Code

    In what seems like a continuous string of tragedies (earthquakes in Mexico; hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean; and the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting), Northern California is now in the grip of devastati...
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  • Register for FREE NFPA active shooter program in June; benefit from real-world insights and unified command guidance

    NFPA will be conducting a FREE active shooter/hostile event program for emergency managers, policymakers, fire, police, EMS, school officials, and facility managers in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, June 18. Attendees...
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  • Introducing the new and vastly improved NFPA 150, Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code

      The new and VASTLY improved NFPA 150, Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code is now available! The total rewrite took about 3 years to complete, with task groups, committee meetings, and input ...
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  • #TBT From the NFPA Archives: 1919 Fire Hazard of Dry Cell Batteries

    One hundred years ago, a previously held belief that a dry-cell battery was practically non-hazardous and considered suitable for installing in dusty locations was disproved. During experimental work using six regular...
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  • Now is the Time: Submit Your Comments on Four Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA)

    The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and ...
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  • How can the 110 decibel maximum at minimum hearing distance be accommodated in loud environments where the ambient exceeds 95 decibels?

      In my recent NFPA® Live I discussed the selection and location of audible fire alarm appliances to help meet the audibility requirements of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®,...
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