• NFPA to consolidate emergency response standards into 38 overarching documents

    Keeping the responders safe is one of the primary focuses of NFPA, and to help them do their work more effectively, the Standards Council has decided to consolidate more than 100 emergency responder standards int...
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  • Break Tanks in Highrise Buildings

      In my recent NFPA® Live session I covered the challenges of managing the high pressures needed in the standpipe and sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings. This included various techniques related to the...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1928 Explosions in Engelwood, CO

    Late in the morning on Friday, April 20, 1928, three explosions shook the property at the Alexander Industries plant in Engelwood, Colorado. At least eleven people lost their lives due to this tragedy. The cause of t...
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  • Arizona explosion underscores potential hazards posed by ESS technology, and the need for more responder education

      This past Friday evening, eight firefighters were injured when an energy storage system (ESS), which was connected to a solar panel array and operated by Arizona Public Service Company (APS), was involved in a...
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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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  • NFPA 1:  Working together to protect properties such as museums, libraries and places of worship, #FireCodefridays

      Since the historic fire at Notre Dame this past Monday, I have found myself fascinated with the flood of analyses and photos and information about the fire, the building design and construction, its history an...
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  • #101Wednesdays – What is Smoke Control and Do I Need it?

    Photo Courtesy of Andysmith248 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]   As a staff engineer I often get the question through our technical question service (TQS) if a smoke control syste...
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  • A huge thanks to public safety call takers and dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2019

    A national proclaimed recognition week (second week in April) was established in 1991 honor the 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicators. This year, April 14 - 20 is dedicated to the men & women who serve as public s...
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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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  • 3 key electrical considerations to prepare marinas for summer 

    Spring is right around the corner and after the winter that many of us have experienced, especially in the northern regions of this country, I know I’m not alone when I say that it can’t come soon enough! ...
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  • If a labeled fire door is installed in a location where a fire door isn’t required, is the door required to be inspected annually?

    Health care facilities contain countless doors serving numerous purposes. Some doors require routine inspections, and the items to be inspected vary depending on the application of the door. In this NFPA® Live I ...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1935 Gas Explosion

    On April 10, 1935, the Massachusetts fire departments of Weymouth and Braintree were called upon to fight a large fire that swept over Weymouth Landing after a gas explosion early in the morning.     At t...
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  • #101Wednesdays: NFPA 101 open for public comments

    Development of the 2021 edition of the Life Safety Code is well underway. The NFPA 101 First Draft Report, which contains the NFPA 101 First Draft with all approved first revisions (FRs), committee inpu...
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  • Journal NOW: Faulty air conditioning unit sparked Brazil museum fire

    Getty Images     Local authorities announced this week that the cause of the massive fire that gutted Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in September 2018 was an improperly installed air condit...
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  • Read the Motions Committee Report for Annual 2019 Standards with certified amending motions

    The Report of the Motions Committee addresses the following six Standards in the Annual 2019 revision cycle and contains Certified Amending Motions eligible for presentation and action at the 2019 NFPA Techn...
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  • Review the First Draft Reports to submit public comments on Standards in the Annual 2020 revision cycle

    The First Draft Reports for NFPA Standards in the Annual 2020 revision cycle are available.  Review the First Draft Reports for use as background in the submission of public comments. To submit a public comment u...
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  • Learn about the Standards Development Process with the 2019 NFPA Standards Directory 

    Disasters can occur anywhere, and they often occur when we least expect it. NFPA standards provide ways to prevent their occurrence, manage their impact, and protect society. One of the most notable features of NFPA&#...
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  • When it comes to electrical safety, is elimination really elimination?

      Why do so many of us get wrapped around the axle? We are all committed to electrical safety. We all know that removing an electrical hazard is a good thing. But is removing the hazard the same as eliminating t...
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  • Three Key Steps Policymakers Must Take to Help Prevent Fires in Buildings Under Construction in their Communities

    March was a rough month for fires in buildings under construction, wreaking millions of dollars in damage and undoubtedly causing major headaches for public officials.  Thankfully, no one was killed or seriously ...
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  • NFPA 1:  Introducing new requirements for additive manufacturing, #FireCodefridays

    A few weeks ago, the comprehensive First Draft Report along with the First Draft of NFPA 1, 2021 edition, was published. In the report, documentation of all first revisions, committee inputs, and responses to public i...
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