• 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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  • Just how old are U.S. fire stations? Pretty old.

    Getty Images   According to a new NFPA report called Renovations Needs of the U.S. Fire Service, more than 21,000 firehouses across the country are beyond 40 years of age and the estimated total cost to replace ...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: Three Different Approaches to Electrical Safety and Their Consequences

    At the 2019 NFPA Conference & Expo in San Antonio, I presented a program that covered NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and energized work permits. For that presentation, tho...
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  • New Checklist Helps Electricians Assess Whether Damaged Electrical Systems Should be Repaired or Replaced After a Natural Disaster

      The past few months have produced a number of powerful and damaging natural disasters across the US. From earthquakes and wildfires in the west to tornadoes in the Midwest and hurricanes across our northern and...
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  • Help Reduce the Risk of Fire on College Campuses During Campus Fire Safety Month in September

    September means new classes, new friends, and often new living spaces. NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety are partnering up this year to help ensure those living spaces are as safe as possible, and you can hel...
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  • RFP now open for Fire Protection Research Foundation project on “Combustible Gas Distribution in Buildings and Detector Location Analysis”

    Recent experiences with combustible gas releases in residential buildings have led to a proposal for NFPA Standards Development for locating combustible gas detectors and consensus on installation location requirement...
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  • August 28 is the last day for SUPDET® registration

    Register now before early bird registration ends on August 28 for the Research Foundation's 2019 SUPDET symposium! This year's symposium will be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown from September 17-20, 2019. The...
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  • #TBT From The NFPA Archives: The Blackwater Fire of 1937

    Today we look back at a historic fire incident that had a significant influence on modern firefighting tactics.     The Blackwater Fire began with an electrical storm on August 18, 1937 near Blackwater Cr...
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  • Once again, devastation due to fire in Dhaka

      According to numerous news sources, including CNN, more than 10,000 people in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka were displaced when a massive fire swept through a shantytown inhabited largely by poor garment fact...
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  • Recent Fire in Bangladesh Reminds Us: Put Safety First

    NFPA was saddened to learn of the recent tragic fire that swept through Dhaka, Bangladesh claiming the lives of nearly 80 people and injuring scores more. While a specific cause for what started the fire has yet to be...
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  • A Better Understanding of NFPA 70E: NFPA 70E Second Draft Meeting

    The Second Draft meeting for NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has been completed. There were 45 Second Revisions developed out of the 115 Public Comments submitted. Soon these p...
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