• Electrical Safety: The Gift That Keeps on Giving 

    “It’s the most wonderful time, of the yearrrr…”  Yes, it’s technically not Christmas, and I certainly can’t carry a tune like Andy Williams, but gifts are in ab...
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  • Can hand sanitizer spontaneously ignite in a hot car?

    As we head into the summer months and our thermometer readings tick higher and higher, we all know the discomfort involved with getting into a sweltering vehicle that's been sitting in th...
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  • New NFPA Fact Sheet and Upcoming Webinar Address Issues Facing Offices, Restaurants, and Retail Stores as They Enter “the New Normal”

      As stay-at-home policies ease and businesses reopen across the country, building owners and facility managers of offices, restaurants, and retail stores face unique challenges as they enter “the new norm...
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  • New video content outlines fire safety considerations for hand sanitizer

    For the second month in a row, the latest installment of my Learn Something New YouTube video series deals with a safety topic related to the global coronavirus pandemic. In March, I released a video on...
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  • One Electrician’s Life Lesson: The Case for Electrical Safety Training for Electricians and Non-Electricians

    The sirens were deafening, even to my 13-year-old ears. My good friend, Heath, and I were playing an intense game of summer basketball in my driveway. The fact that I was losing and, as always, determined to win, shou...
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  • Budget Cuts Threaten Further Hardship on our Public Safety Infrastructure

    From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, first responders have dealt a dearth of PPE, thinned ranks from exposed and infected colleagues, and staggering call volumes as they served their communities. Now, as the ...
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  • Whether It’s Today or Tomorrow, Medics Always Show Up

    Prior to COVID-19, I had entertained the thought of writing a blog during National EMS Week about the ways that NFPA collaborates with the EMS community on contamination control, various health and safety concerns, on...
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  • Deadly Shortcuts: The Alarming Truth About Electrical Safety

    Why is electrical safety in the workplace important? It’s a great question to think about and discuss during National Electrical Safety Month. It is also kind of a loaded question. On the one hand...
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  • New video content, NFPA Journal article explore the persistent global problem of facade fires

    Click image to watch a new Learn Something New episode on facade fires.      June 14 will mark the three-year anniversary of the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire, during which smoke and flames rac...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Conducting Risk Assessments for Electrical Safety Month

      Rather than a blog on manufacturer’s responsibility, this blog is about risk assessment. Once again it is May and National Electrical Safety Month, sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International...
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  • NFPA Provides Tips for Grilling Safely this Memorial Day and Beyond, Particularly as the Public Continues to Stay at Home in Response to COVID-19

      While there will likely be fewer gatherings with family and friends this Memorial Day in response to COVID-19, many observances of the holiday this year will likely continue to involve outdoor grilling. Plus, ...
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  • Seeking Members for NEW Committees on NFPA 1, Fire Code Project Starting Next Edition

    At its April 1, 2020 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved the committee restructuring for the NFPA 1, Fire Code project. The Fire Code has a very broad scope which addresses a variety ...
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  • Free Webinar on Modern Vehicle Hazards in Parking Garages and Vehicle Carriers       

    Vehicles have changed significantly over the years. Modern vehicles present new hazards due to the incorporation of larger quantities of combustible materials (e.g., fuels, plastics, and synthetic materials) into thei...
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  • As Businesses Prepare to Re-open, New NFPA Checklist Helps Building Owners and Facility Managers Ensure Fire and Life Safety for all Occupants

    During the lockdown policies that have been in place over the past couple of months, many of the ongoing inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) activities typically required by locally enforced codes and standards...
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  • New NFPA Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute “2019 Year in Review” Report Examines Current Health of the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem

    With the world on high-alert due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to forget that a fire nearly destroyed the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral just over a year ago. Or that Australia was experiencing catastrophic w...
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  • Russian hospital fires underscore importance of not losing sight of fire safety during pandemic

    A fire at a hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia, today killed five patients being treated for COVID-19. (Reuters)   Six people are dead after two fires in just three days torched hospitals treating COVID-19 ...
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  • New 2020 NEC Requirement Helps Keep First Responders Safe from Electrical Hazards During Emergencies

    If we do some digging into the revision archives of the National Electrical Code (NEC), we can pretty much trace every requirement to one thing: saving lives! That is why the NEC exists; its purpose, the practical saf...
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  • International Firefighters’ Day: Recognizing and Supporting Firefighters in Their All-Hazards Role

    Today, May 4th, is International Firefighters’ Day. Each year on this day, firefighters are celebrated – and rightly so.   Most people have an image of firefighters clad in heavy coats, over-sized boo...
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  • Recent Fire Sprinkler Retrofit of 100-Year-Old Apartment Building Pays Off when Fire Breaks Out; No Deaths, Injuries, or Significant Property Damage Reported

    Photos above and below provided courtesy of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA), Facebook   Last Monday night at approximately 10pm, a 100-year-old apartment building in Loveland, CO experienced a fire. Fo...
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  • On International Firefighters' Day, say thanks by taking responsibility for your own safety

    May 4 is International Firefighters’ Day. This special event memorializes a fatal event in which 5 volunteers from the Geelong West Fire Brigade in Australia lost their lives while bravely fighting an intense wi...
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