• A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: NFPA 70E Equipment Labeling

    Section 130.5(H) has specific requirements for equipment labels when there are electrical hazards present. For some reason, users of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace have troubl...
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  • Increasing Home Safety with GFCI Protection

      The 2020 edition of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) hit the shelves back in September of 2019 and with its release came a sweeping change to the requirements for ground-fault circuit interrupter protec...
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  • Addressing fire safety and evacuation in senior care facilities

    My colleague, Robert Solomon, provides insights on fire safety and evacuation plans to I Advance Senior Care for the benefit of owners, executives, administrators, and directors of nursing at assisted living...
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  • NFPA Codes and Standards: Not Just Words on a Page or Books on the Shelf

      The recent issue of NFPA Journal featured an article about the numerous deadly fires in health care occupancies, predominantly hospitals, that continue to occur throughout other parts of the world. Had that st...
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  • FORE!  Improper charging of golf carts can lead to fumes and fire

      As the world’s leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical and related hazards, our public affairs department gets asked all kinds of questions. For example, this week’s media in...
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  • NFPA 1:  Standpipes in high-rise buildings, #FireCodefridays

      So far, 2020 has seen several noteworthy high-rise building fires.  On Wednesday, January 29, a fire in a 25-story residential high-rise in Los Angeles left at least 11 people injured, one fatal...
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  • #101Wednesdays: The Home Fire Death Conundrum - Part 1 of a Series

    How did I get here? When you read an average of a half-dozen home fire death stories every day for a month, it changes you. That’s not hyperbole; I did and it changed me. At the conclusion of 2019, I wrote ...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: When to Protect an Employee from Electrical Hazards

    People tend to get hung up on whether or not it is safe to work on a specific piece of electrical equipment. Often the hang up is caused by an attempt to classify a task as electrical work or non-electrical work. Work...
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  • Last Week's High-Rise Building Fire in Los Angeles Prompts Questions around Fire Protection for Existing High-Rise Buildings

    A resident clings to the exterior of a 25-story Los Angeles high-rise apartment building on January 29, 2020; photo courtesy of Al Seib/Los Angeles Times   I have to wonder whether passersby on L.A.’s Wils...
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  • NFPA 1:  Fundamental electrical safety requirements in the Fire Code

    Special thanks to Val Ziavras, Fire Protection Engineer at NFPA and Staff Liaison to the Fire Code Technical Committee, for writing this week’s Fire Code Fridays blog.    A recent viral video has bee...
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  • A Better Understanding of 70E: Take My Poll to Help Me Better Address Electrical Safety Topics You Need to Know About

      Time flies. I have been the staff liaison for NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace  for the past two cycles. I have fielded hundreds of electrical safety questions from employer and e...
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  • New Video Interview Highlights Collaboration Around Key 2020 NEC Change: Exterior Emergency Disconnects

    It's not often that the National Electrical Code (NEC) gets a requirement aimed at protecting an individual exposed to electrical hazards under the most extreme worst-case scenario. After all, the purpose of the NEC i...
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  • Officials warn parents of viral Tik Tok “outlet challenge”

    Massachusetts high school students are imitating a dangerous viral video circulating on the social media app Tik Tok that has firefighters issuing an alert. According to news reports it’s called “the outle...
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  • Massachusetts is first state to officially update to the 2020 edition of the NEC

    While the methods and materials used to install safe electrical systems have improved considerably throughout the over 125-year history of the National Electrical Code (NEC), we know there’s still much work to b...
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  • NFPA has new representation in the Middle East and North Africa to further safety, enforcement, and communication efforts

    Effective this week, NFPA has a new local representative who will oversee the overall regional planning, direction, coordination, and support of international development functions in the Middle East and North Africa ...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: The 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®

    This blog was going to cover protecting employees from electrical hazards, but the subject has been changed to reflect the latest news about NFPA 70E. The Second Draft of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Sa...
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  • Research Foundation to Host FREE Webinar: “Review of Audible Alarm Signal Waking Effectiveness” - Wednesday, February 5, 12:30-2pm EST

      At-risk populations such as the elderly, school-age children, those who are hard of hearing or alcohol-impaired do not fully benefit from conventional smoke alarm alerts, particularly during sleeping hours. Re...
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  • Fuel Cells proposed to be added to NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

    NFPA 110 is going through its first substantial change in decades and the change will affect those who typically were not subject to NFPA 110's requirements. The different uses of fuel cells have increased as the cell...
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  • Nominate an Individual or Group for the James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal to Recognize Their Exceptional Advocacy Efforts

      NFPA is now accepting nominations for the 2020 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes outstanding advocacy efforts aimed at reducing losses associated with fire, electrical, or other hazards. The adv...
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  • Taking "Burning Down the House" off Repeat: Urging Political Action to Make Communities Safer

      With Australia’s devastating wildfires grabbing headlines, it’s a propitious time to educate people—especially elected officials—that while wildfires are inevitable, wildfire disasters ...
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