• Winter is Coming – How Will Your Sprinkler System Survive?

    According to the Farmers Almanac, this winter will be freezing, frigid and frosty with wide temperature swings reminiscent of a Polar Coaster. Here’s how you can prepare your building’s fire protection sys...
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  • NFPA 1: Proper Use and Location of Grills and Other Cooking Equipment, #FireCodefridays

    Are you responsible for enforcing apartment buildings where residents want to use grills?  Have you been faced with landlords or condo associations who are seeking education on the risk of grills and cooking appl...
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  • Free webinar on “WUI-NITY: a platform for the simulation of wildland-urban interface fire evacuation”

    Fires in wildland-urban interfaces (WUI) are associated with severe negative consequences, such as large community evacuation, property losses social disruption, short- and long-term damage to infrastructure, injuries...
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  • Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, is here!

    IMPORTANT NOTE: This video was designed with messages for adult audiences, not children.   Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, is officially here, and we’re encouraging all fire departments and safety...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: Meet Sparky the Fire Dog (circa 1952)

    Happy Fire Prevention Month everyone! Let’s spend some time getting to know one of our favorite characters and look back at some of Sparky the Fire Dog’s appearances through history.   Pictured h...
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  • Could the US handle a tanker fire like the one in South Korea?

    Over the weekend, an explosion and fire aboard the Stolt Groenland, a 25,000-tonne, Cayman Island–flagged oil tanker, left 10 people injured, one of them critically, Reuters recently reported. The blast and...
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  • Soliciting public comments on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments to NFPA 70 and NFPA 1851

    The following three proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, and NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fi...
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  • Fire Prevention Week is fast-approaching! As speed of today’s home fires accelerates, NFPA focuses on home escape planning and practice

      Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, is just around the corner! This year’s campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”, works to better educate the public about th...
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  • Breeching Valves – Should They be Used in Sprinkler Systems?

    What on earth is a breeching valve? A breeching valve, also known as a safety shutoff valve or excess flow valve, monitors pressure and flow in a system. Upon seeing excessive flow, the valve will automatically clos...
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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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  • Dissecting the Essential Electrical System (EES) in Healthcare Facilities

      It’s no secret that NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) is aimed at saving lives. There are requirements throughout the document that are specifically included to prevent shock and electrical fires. ...
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  • Another Successful SUPDET® Comes to a Close

    After a week full of informative and innovative presentations and discussion, the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference (SUPDET 2019...
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  • Rio de Janeiro Hospital Fire: High Risk Building Occupants Require High Level Protection

      A tragic fire at Hospital Badim in Rio de Janeiro killed 11 patients last week.   We have taken a different approach with this blog than what we normally do. Security camera video obtained by various Bra...
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  • New white paper helps healthcare facilities meet, and revisit, the requirements of the CMS emergency preparedness rule

    NFPA has released a new white paper designed to help healthcare officials meet and re-examine the emergency preparedness requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).   In Nove...
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  • New NFPA energy storage system (ESS) technologies standard addresses the fire risks associated with new power sources

    NFPA has released NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems to help engineers, manufacturers, code enforcers, first responders, and policy makers address potential challenges an...
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  • 9.11.01 Will Always be Remembered, not Just by the Fire Service, but by This Nation

    9.11.01 will always be remembered, not just by the fire service, but by this nation. All the altered lives, all the people affected, even years later, leave an imprint that will never fade. As someone who came into th...
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  • For schools working to protect students, staff and visitors from acts of targeted violence, NFPA 101 now allows for second releasing operation when retrofitting existing classroom doors

    Over the past few years, the NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Technical Committees repeatedly learned of schools’ efforts to protect students and staff that, in many cases, were imperiling safety. It was determin...
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  • NFPA 1:  Back To School Fire Code Inspection Issues, #FireCodefridays

    It's back to school time. Time for teachers open their classrooms for the new school year and welcome students back to classes. Soon artwork will cover the walls, student projects will be on display, and lockers will ...
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  • Journal NOW: California incident highlights the danger of boat fires

    On September 2, a fire aboard the Conception diving boat killed over 30 people off the coast of California. Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office     The early-morning fire that rapidly...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: The Blind Attic Flue

      The above image displays how a concealed attic space acted as a flue to spread a fire that destroyed St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts on April 27, 1920.   From NFPA Quarterly vol. 14,...
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