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The 2017 Fire Prevention Week theme "Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!" focused on the importance of escape planning and practicing two ways out. NFPA has been the Official Sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. This year's theme is a powerful reminder of how critical it is to prepare in the event of a fire.


Each year, the Industrial Fire Protection Member Section Board of Directors reviews applications submitted for the annual Fire Prevention Week Campaign award that's presented at the NFPA Conference and Expo. The 2018 Conference and Expo will take place June 11-14 in Las Vegas.


There is still time to submit your application for the annual IFP Fire Prevention Week award! If your company conducted a fire prevention and safety program this year, this is a great opportunity for you to showcase your company's efforts in promoting fire safety in your community. Don't delay - get your applications in now! 


The deadline is December 15, 2017. Submit your application here.

In NFPA-58 3-2.4.1 (c)       it states: "Where physical damage to LP-Gas cylinder, or systems of which they are a part, from vehicles is a possibility, precautions shall be taken against such damage." . What if anything covers falling objects from above.???There is a ~ 200 gal propane cylender actually built into the bottom of a cliff of granite , boulders, and  vegetation held soil. Large rocks could easily fall over 20 ft onto or into the cylinder . My home is directly above the cylinder at the top of the cliff. Lack of mention of falling objects: Is that an oversight?, deliberate?, or is the provision covered somewhere else? If somewhere else, where? Help!

As NFPA's Jesse Roman writes in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal, "a phase-out of environmentally damaging chemicals means that most refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners may soon be using flammable refrigerants."


Read the full article here and then tell us:


  • How prepared do you think the US is for this shift?
  • How can the NFPA help industries prepare for this change?

First and foremost, I sincerely hope for the best for all of those affected by Hurricane Matthew.


I was contacted by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA, ) yesterday with a request to share a supplement from the upcoming LP-Gas Code Handbook due to be released later this year. This supplement contains crucial recommendations on how propane companies can prepare for a natural disaster.


This is a fantastic resource for propane companies to utilize. It is through our partnership with NPGA, and the quick work by internal NFPA staff, that we are able to produce and disseminate this information to help prepare them to deal with natural disasters. The supplement can be found at:

Did you miss the presentation on NFPA 600 and Fire Brigades at NFPA's conference in June this year?  It was a lively event with lots of discussion.

If so, no worries!  You can view the attached presentation and listen to the attached audio.   Enjoy!

In case you missed it - NFPA 652 has been issued by the Standards Council during its meeting in August.  The new standard on fundamentals of combustible dusts can be viewed as a read-only, free access document by going to the document information page and registering if you don't already have access.  To help you with your understanding of this new standard and its development and how it is intended to work with the existing commodity-specific NFPA combustible dust standards, I have included links to a number of helpful resources from this year's C&E - the recording from the educational session in Chicago that I presented (in case you couldn't be in the audience) along with the slides from the presentation.  I believe these will help as you begin to review NFPA 652 and see how to apply it to your facility, in your inspections or surveys, or in working with clients as a consulting engineer or explosion protection/prevention equipment supplier/installer.  And, that's not all - the commodity-specific dust standards remain active as three of them have completed the second draft stage (NFPA 61, 654 and 664) and following the correlating committee meeting at the end of October, the second draft reports will be posted on the respective document information pages.  These three documents are in the Annual 2016 revision cycle, so completion is targeted for summer 2016.  Combustible metals, NFPA 484, is beginning its process with first draft development; they will be in the Annual 2018 cycle for completing the next edition of NFPA 484.  If you are looking for additional resources on the NFPA combustible dust standards, NFPA will be presenting a Live Online session on combustible dusts with Susan Bershad, NFPA Senior Engineer and Staff Liaison for all the NFPA combustible dust project standards.  The webinar format presentation will be December 3 starting at 11:00 am EST.  For more details, check out the NFPA home page at the training and professional development site, or come back to NFPA Xchange.

8515.pngThe following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment  (TIA) for NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code, is being published for public review and comment:

  • NFPA 85, proposed TIA No. 1194, 2015 edition, referencing,, and

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the August 21, 2015 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

Back from Chicago, 2015 C&E wrapped up, Technical Meeting completed, and looking at the schedule ahead, I see that the Public Input closing date for Annual 2017 is less than 2 weeks away (and in case you have been too busy to notice, next week is a short week).  Yes, PI Closing Date for A2017 is Monday, July 6, 2015.  So, what documents are in this cycle - quite a few actually.  To save you having to look it up, I have done a quick survey and find 12 of the documents in the industrial and hazardous chemical portfolio: flammable liquids, service stations, stationary combustion engines and gas turbines, fuel gas code, LP gas at utility plants, fluid heaters, merchant vessels, combustible metals and metal dusts, rocketry and display fireworks.  As you might already know, but a quick refresher for you - the access to the "submit PI" link can be reached from any of the document information pages.  So, will get you to the specific document page for NFPA 30, 30A, 37, 51, 54, 59, 87, 301, 484, 1122, 1123, and 1127.  Great to see so many of you in Chicago!  Hope we stay in touch through exChange.

During today's NFPA Technical Meeting in Chicago, the following action has taken place on NFPA 652, Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts:


•    652-1 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 483 was not pursued.

•    652-2 Motion to Reject Second Revision No. 40, thereby deleting new section 7.1.1 was not pursued.

•    652-3 Motion to Reject Second Revision No. 41, thereby deleting new section 7.1.2 was not pursued.

•    652-4 Motion to Reject Second Revision No. 44, thereby deleting new section 7.1.1 and A.7.3.1(2)(b) was not pursued.

•    652-5 Motion to Reject Second Revision Nos. 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 143, 49, 66, and 203 including First Revision Nos. 67, 68, 69, 72, 70, 71, 74, 75,. 76, 77, 73, 78 and 99, thereby deleting Chapter 7 failed.

•    652-6 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 625, thereby returning the entire standard to the Technical Committee failed.


NFPA 652 was passed with 0 amending motions. NFPA 652 COMPLETED.

A frequent question I get is whether NFPA 495, Explosive Materials Code, requires the installation of sprinklers for a commercial stock of smokeless propellant at a location. The trigger for requiring sprinklers in this situation can be found in 14.3.9(5)(h), when you are storing above 800 lb but below 5,000 lb inside a building. At this point you are then required to have a sprinkler system that is installed according to NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. This requirement can be ignored if stored according to 14.3.8(6) which requires a Type 4 magazine constructed and located in accordance with Chapter 9, Aboveground Storage of Explosive Materials.


-Eric Nette, P.E.

During today's NFPA Technical Meeting in Chicago, the following action has taken place on NFPA 33, Standard for Spray Application using Flammable or Combustible Materials:


  • 33-1 Motion to Accept Public Comment No. 14 failed.
  • 33-2 Motion to Accept Public Comment Nos. 10, 11, 12 and 13 failed.


NFPA 33 was passed with 0 amending motions. NFPA 33 COMPLETED.

A new section added to the 2014 edition of NFPA 58 are Automated Cylinder Exchange Stations. These stations are unmanned, automatic computer controlled cabinets that allow individuals to purchase and exchange propane cylinders. This new added benefit allows stores to make sales throughout the day when their store is not otherwise occupied. I have not had the opportunity to see any of them in practice yet, but I have been able to see demo's of them in various locations. Below this post is a picture from the NFPA 58 Handbook of one of these installations.


-Eric Nette, P.E.


Looking forward to Session T16 this morning, Inspecting Facilities for Combustible Dust Hazards, in S404d.  It will be a good follow-up to the presentation yesterday on NFPA's Combustible Dust Standards.  With the development of NFPA 652, Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, we are taking important steps to prevent combustible dust incidents.


See you there!

I get frequent questions about how to apply NFPA 495, Explosive Materials Code, to the production of small arms. The way the standard deals with this is by treating each location in the production process differently. First, the storage of the constituents that make up small arms such as the powder and the primer are stored according to Chapter 14, Small Arms Ammunition and Primers, Smokeless Propellants, and Black Powder Propellants, including the general requirements of the standard. Second, during production, that area is treated according to Chapter 5, Manufacturing and Testing, including the general requirements of the standard. Finally, the storage of the final product is stored according to Chapter 14, Small Arms Ammunition and Primers, Smokeless Propellants, and Black Powder, including the general requirements of the standard.


-Eric Nette, P.E.

Representatives from FEMA will join NFPA Fire Service Section Executive Board members in the booth at C&E. Come by and hear some important and relevant information about Preparedness Initiatives for Flammable Liquids/Crude by Rail Incidents.