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kristinbigda
Click to view contentSpecial thanks to Val Ziavras, Fire Protection Engineer at NFPA and Staff Liaison to the Fire Code Technical Committee, for writing this week’s Fire Code Fridays blog.    A recent viral video has been causing some serious problems in Massachusetts this week and is now gaining national attention. The so-called “outlet challenge” started as a… (Show more)
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twelle
Click to view contentRecently, 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)
in Fire Break
lisabraxton
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)
jsargent
Click to view contentWhile the methods and materials used to install safe electrical systems have improved considerably throughout the over 125-year history of the National Electrical Code (NEC), we know there’s still much work to be done to address the fact that every year, according to NFPA research, electrical-related malfunctions are responsible for an average of… (Show more)
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cathylongley
Click to view contentEffective 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)
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lisabraxton
Click to view contentMassachusetts 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)
in Safety Source
ccoache
Click to view contentThis blog was going to cover protecting employees from electrical hazards, but the subject has been changed to reflect the latest news about NFPA 70E. The Second Draft of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has been posted on the NFPA 70E Doc Info Page under the Next Edition tab. Please review the document since it is what… (Show more)
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amandakimball
Click to view content  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)
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ccoache
Click to view contentNFPA 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)
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msnow
Click to view contentOver the last year the work accomplished in the Firewise USA program has exceeded our expectations. The Firewise USA program focuses on supporting and recognizing residents for working to reduce their wildfire risk. Participating communities assess their risk, come up with a plan to address it, and take action. Every year participating Firewise… (Show more)
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lisamariesinatra
Click to view content  NFPA is now accepting nominations for the 2020 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes outstanding advocacy efforts aimed at reducing losses associated with fire, electrical, or other hazards. The advocacy medal honors an individual or group that shares the values of former NFPA President James Shannon. During his 12-year tenure as… (Show more)
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lisamariesinatra
Click to view content  NFPA is now accepting nominations for the 2020 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes outstanding advocacy efforts aimed at reducing losses associated with fire, electrical, or other hazards. The advocacy medal honors an individual or group that shares the values of former NFPA President James Shannon. During his 12-year tenure as… (Show more)
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mhousewright
Click to view content  With Australia’s devastating wildfires grabbing headlines, it’s a propitious time to educate people—especially elected officials—that while wildfires are inevitable, wildfire disasters need not be.   This is the message highlighted by NFPA President Jim Pauley in a recent piece in the UPenn Regulatory Review, a publication of the University of… (Show more)
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