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The 2016 CSUN (California State University, Northridge)  International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference will be held in San Diego, CA from March 21 to March 26, 2016 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.


NFPA has booth #914 in the Expo Hall off the main lobby and I’ll be presenting an education session entitled: Who’s Responsible for Emergency Evacuations? Not First Responders! Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 10:00 AM PST in Cortez Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower.  This will be NFPA’s 8th year at this annual conference.


For  over 30 years, the Center on Disabilities, through the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. In 2015, the conference drew more than 4,800 people to San Diego. Known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world.


NFPA's Booth at the 2015 CSUN Conference

     NFPA Technical Committee on Construction and Demolition held its 1st Draft Meeting, March 2, 2016 via a hybrid (phone/web/live) meeting


     The minutes of the April 11, 2012 ROC meeting were approved as written and distributed.


     The committee review 31 public inputs for the 2018 edition of NFPA 241. The committee created 27 first revisions. 


     The chair created one task group to develop language for the 2nd draft meeting on section which was changed by FR #7 and asked for volunteers to e-mail him with a copy to staff. It is suggested that anyone interested in this section of NFPA 241 look at the wording that the committee approved in the first draft and submit public comments by the comment closing date of November 17, 2016.


     The chair and staff will need to look at the number of public comments submitted after the closing date of Nov. 17, 2016 in order to best decide the type and location for the 2nd draft meeting.


           The NFPA Technical Committee on Manufactured Housing held its 2nd draft meeting via Adobe Connect/Web Teleconference on Wednesday March 16, 2015 -10:00 AM ET


           The meeting was called to order by Chair John Lake at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on March 16, 2016.


           The minutes of the March 10, 2015 - 1st draft meeting were approved as written and distributed.


            The committee reviewed 6 public comments (PC’s) and created 3 second revisions (SR’s) for the 2017 edition of NFPA 225. The committee reviewed 3 PC’s and created 3 SR’s for the 2017 edition of NFPA 501. There were no PC’s or SR’s for NFPA 501A.


          The chair requested that staff draft a request for a project through the Fire Protection Research Foundation to do a comparison of the changes between the 2007 & 2016 editions of ASCE 7 for the committee’s use prior to the next revision cycle of fall 2021



[If you are reading this (thank you!) I am in Orlando on a mini vacation, enjoying the sunshine and thankful for missing the projected cold weekend and potential snow storm (happy spring?)]


Up until the latest projected winter blast, it seemed as if spring had sprung early (in New England at least) and it's hard not to think about outdoor cooking and grilling.  NFPA 1, Fire Code, provides requirements for the use of grills, hibachi, and similar devices used for cooking and heating to ensure the safety of occupants and protection of property.


For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose is to be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure.  This keeps the ignition source a safe distance from the structure, such as an apartment building or dormitory, and away from exterior areas.  In addition, these grills/hibachi cannot be stored on balconies.  Where grills are stored on balconies, the probability is high they will be used there as well.


The inspection of every balcony of every multifamily dwelling is an impractical enforcement task. Compliance through public education is more readily achievable. The AHJ can provide written notification of these requirements to condominium associations, property management agencies, and others who are affected. When the potential danger posed by grills is understood, voluntary compliance is easier to obtain. Landlords can also include this prohibition in leases to ensure that tenants are aware of the restrictions.


NFPA also offers safe grilling tips and other resources for grilling safety.  Who says grilling is only for the summer?  If you grill year-round you should stay safe year-round.