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Faith Berry
Photo and information shared by Dave Celino Photo of Northeast      A wildfire crew comprised of 16 state firefighters from Massachusetts DCR and 4 State Firefighters from New Hampshire Dept of Lands have been assisting firefighting efforts on the Elephant Hill fire in British Columbia, Canada.  The 20 person hand crew have been assisting along… (Show more)
Jeffrey Sargent
Electric shock drowning (ESD) and the efforts to mitigate hazards associated with electrical equipment in and around bodies of water is a high visibility topic on NFPA’s radar screen. The recent release of the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s second project on electrical hazards in the marina and boatyard environment, Marina Risk Reduction,… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
Photo and information shared by Dave Celino Photo of Northeast      A wildfire crew comprised of 16 state firefighters from Massachusetts DCR and 4 State Firefighters from New Hampshire Dept of Lands have been assisting firefighting efforts on the Elephant Hill fire in British Columbia, Canada.  The 20 person hand crew have been assisting along… (Show more)
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Valerie Boutin
What is a tiny house? While the definition varies depending on who you talk to, typically it is considered any house under 400 sq ft. You could fit 6.5 tiny houses inside the average American home (which is around 2,600 sq ft). The tiny house movement is quickly spreading across America. For some buried in student debt, it is viewed as the only… (Show more)
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Kristin Bigda
Many exciting changes are coming to the 2018 edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code, that will address a number of new technical topics as well as revise and expand on existing topics.  Changes such as a completely revised and updated chapter on Energy Storage Systems, new requirements for mobile cooking operations (food trucks) and even a new chapter on… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A small fire at the Smithsonian Castle building in Washington, D.C., made minimal headlines, mainly because its sprinklers quickly extinguished the flames. No deaths. No injuries. Minimal damage.    In a well-written commentary by writer Dave Statter, he promotes the protection at this building and the "care...to protect...priceless artifacts and… (Show more)
Fred Durso
A small fire at the Smithsonian Castle building in Washington, D.C., made minimal headlines, mainly because its sprinklers quickly extinguished the flames. No deaths. No injuries. Minimal damage.    In a well-written commentary by writer Dave Statter, he promotes the protection at this building and the "care...to protect...priceless artifacts and… (Show more)
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Nancy Pearce
“Do we really need another standard on confined spaces?” That’s the question I get asked most often in response to NFPA 350, Guide for Confined Space Entry and Work. My answer is a definitive “yes,” and here’s why: Fatalities continue to occur in confined spaces each year, despite regulations.  Virtually all of the fatalities could have been… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
We recently highlighted this video produced by the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office featuring State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy encouraging fire sprinklers in new dwellings. He has once again alerted the media to his state's home fire problem (165 Texans, on average, die each year) and his opinions on fire sprinklers.      "The thing about… (Show more)
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Lisa Braxton
According to an article from USA Today Network, Sherrice Lyles, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, had heard the warnings about hoverboards–the self-balancing scooters–but when a nonprofit where her son volunteers gave him one of the boards last summer, she thought it had passed inspection. The hoverboard caught fire this week as it charged in her son's… (Show more)
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Joy Rodowicz
This photograph was taken in the Summer of 1933. From Volunteer Firemen, vol. 1, no. 3, 1933: "The trailer of this tank truck overturned and took fire when the truck skidded on the wet pavement of a Los Angeles suburb. Tank and trailer together contained 6,205 gallons of gasoline. The potential hazard to any property near the burning wreck of a… (Show more)
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Gregory Harrington
Image via www.select-hinges.com In a #101Wednesdays post this past January, I discussed the Life Safety Code requirements for inspection of egress doors for life safety, and I touched on a bit of confusion created by the language in the 2012 edition and its adoption by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for health care occupancies… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
The campaign message for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, 2017 is, “Every Second Counts Plan Two Ways Out!”.  This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme stresses the importance of everyone having an escape plan.  Having a good plan in place can make all the difference in your survival from fire.    Because every year, wildfires burn across… (Show more)
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