Massachusetts high school students are imitating a dangerous viral video circulating on the social media app Tik Tok that has firefighters issuing an alert. According to news reports it’s called “the outlet challenge” and involves partially inserting the plug of a cellphone charger into an outlet, and then sliding a penny down the wall onto the… Show more
NFPA 110 is going through its first substantial change in decades and the change will affect those who typically were not subject to NFPA 110's requirements. The different uses of fuel cells have increased as the cells became a viable power source option. One such use is as an emergency power source. The National Electrical Code(NEC) has permitted… Show more
After the past few years of wildfire losses, learning about safer design and construction could not be more timely. NFPA and Green Builder Media proudly announce our latest collaboration, Enough is Enough, an e-book detailing what needs to be done to prevent loss of property and lives to wildfire. Aimed at the building and development… Show more
NFPA has new representation in the Middle East and North Africa to further safety, enforcement, and communication efforts
Effective this week, NFPA has a new local representative who will oversee the overall regional planning, direction, coordination, and support of international development functions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This role is a natural step for Anas Alzaid, who has been a longtime advocate for NFPA codes and standards. An electrical… Show more
As 2019 comes to a close, the NFPA Journal editorial staff has each chosen his favorite articles from the past year. From a moving piece on violence against EMS workers that warranted an angry blue fist trying to punch its way out of the magazine cover to a story about a booming new gaming industry, here are our picks—as well as the ones that were… Show more
NFPA 1: The importance of the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem heading into 2020 and why our fire code is critical to its success.
Fire doesn’t take vacation over the holidays, it doesn’t care where we live, how we celebrate, or the new decade ahead. In fact, it didn’t take long before fire made headlines news in 2020. And just like the fire problem continuing to impact communities around the globe, we as fire safety professionals, fire inspectors, standards developers,… Show more
With a new year upon us now, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s been happening in the fire and life safety world, how far we’ve come, and just how much more we have to do to help keep people and property safe from hazards. The reality is, while there are still many incidents happening here and across the globe, our work can never truly be… Show more
Recently, the Times of San Diego published an article about their Board of Supervisors approving building code upgrades for wildfire protection. With the rise of extreme wildfires in the last several decades, our nation seems to struggle with using these same types of tools, Codes and Standards, to address the ever increasing life and property… Show more
Research Foundation to Host FREE Webinar: “Review of Audible Alarm Signal Waking Effectiveness” - Wednesday, February 5, 12:30-2pm EST
At-risk populations such as the elderly, school-age children, those who are hard of hearing or alcohol-impaired do not fully benefit from conventional smoke alarm alerts, particularly during sleeping hours. Research has been conducted to develop performance requirements to optimize the waking effectiveness for alarm and signaling systems to… Show more
#101Wednesdays: Since multiple-occupancy buildings lead to multiple questions and interpretations, who’s right?
Image: Wikimedia Commons Over the 20+ years I’ve been working with NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, the concept of multiple-occupancy buildings hasn’t been all that controversial. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s been relatively straightforward—until recently. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve seen a spate of questions relating to buildings with… Show more
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No one knows risk and the consequences of poor or no action better than first responders. Afterall, the incidents and accidents that they respond to often occur because the general public was complacent in some way, and didn’t take action for their own safety. They may have ignored common sense or basic safety tips during cooking, grilling,… Show more