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Nancy Pearce
Confined space hazards know no borders.     Less than two weeks after three workers died in a confined space in Florida, four workers died from atmospheric hazards  while preparing to clean a sewage pit at a Bangkok market on Thursday. The same story-just a different country.     The incident occurred in a Bangkok marker area where workers… (Show more)
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Kristin Bigda
I’ve written about it in past posts, but this time of the year seems to bring to light many fire code issues and violations.  Whether it be haunted houses, fall festivals, fairs, school activities, corn mazes, seasonal decorations or other special events, fire inspectors are busy in the fall and soon after will be preparing for winter holiday… (Show more)
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Allan Fraser
  Society has had fires in buildings under construction since we first started building them. Buildings in the course of construction have many additional fire hazards not found in completed structures. Fire protection equipment to restrict the spread of fire and extinguish it promptly has not yet been installed. Fires are also often difficult to… (Show more)
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Nikolas Friehs
  Halloween is fast approaching, and with it, the rush to find the perfect costume, that great pumpkin, and just the right decorations to cover your house. Hidden within all this fun and excitement are potential fire hazards, and NFPA wants to remind everyone about some simple Halloween safety tips to help avoid seasonal hazards.   During the… (Show more)
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Debra Baio
The Report of the Motions Committee addresses five Fall 2017 NFPA Standards with certified amending motions that may be presented at the NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session) in Las Vegas, NV on June 11-14, 2018:  NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations  NFPA 260, Standard Methods of Tests and… (Show more)
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Susan McKelvey
  Last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency action requiring all nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have an emergency power plan. This includes acquisition of generator capacity that ensures ambient temperatures of 80 degrees or less for a four-day period in the event of electrical power loss. The plan also mandates… (Show more)
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Ed Conlin
  The NFPA Standards Council has received a New Project Initiation Request from the fire service asking NFPA consider developing an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish the minimum requirements for the effective contamination control of fire department personal, their personal protective equipment (PPE), accessories, and equipment.   … (Show more)
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Gregory Harrington
I’ve had a couple questions come across my desk asking what the Life Safety Code would require for wall construction to subdivide a building into separate smaller “buildings.” This subdivision is for the purposes of avoiding a requirement for automatic sprinkler protection by reducing the height or area of the smaller buildings to below the… (Show more)
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Susan McKelvey
John Sullivan, deputy chief of the Worcester Fire Department/vice chair of the IAFC health and safety section, discusses why it's so important for firefighters to get physical exams each year.  The average age of a first heart attack for the general population is 66. For the fire service, it’s 49. It’s a sobering statistic that underscores the… (Show more)
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Lorraine Carli
  Earlier this month I attended the 29th Phoenix World Burn Congress (PWBC), the largest gathering of the burn survivor community. It is a poignant reminder of why fire prevention and life safety is so important. This is the annual gathering of those impacted by fire – survivors, caretakers, healthcare professionals, fire service - supporting one… (Show more)
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