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kristinbigda
Click to view contentToday’s blog was written by Val Ziavras, a Fire Protection Engineer at NFPA. Special thanks to Val for her contribution to this blog and discussing one of the many subjects addressed in the Fire Code! Fire-resistance-rated assemblies play a vital role in fire safety. However, an assembly is only as good as its weakest point - the openings. How do… (Show more)
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debbiebaio
Click to view contentThe February 2019 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available.   In this issue:   New project on Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists Professional Qualifications New projects seeking members for Spaceports and Remote Inspections Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments seeking… (Show more)
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rsolomon
Click to view contentCan classroom doors be locked to prevent an intruder from entering? Can a fire alarm system be disabled to prevent it from being used to draw people outside? These are among the more frequently asked questions we’ve received from school administrators and community officials working to protect their schools from acts of targeted violence.   While… (Show more)
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amandakimball
Click to view contentSmoke alarm and signaling systems are a proven strategy for reduction of fire fatalities in the general population. However, studies have shown that at risk populations such as the elderly, school age children, alcohol impaired, and those that are hard of hearing do not fully benefit from conventional smoke alarm systems, particularly during… (Show more)
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faithberry
Click to view contentWildfire Community Preparedness Day is only a few months away. And while many communities, organizations, groups, and individuals are thinking about what project to undertake on May 4, they may not know how to take the needed steps to organize an event.   To help, NFPA has created a new Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Toolkit just for this… (Show more)
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debbiebaio
NFPA 35, Standard for the Manufacture of Organic Coatings, and NFPA 36, Standard for Solvent Extraction Plants, are currently seeking committee members. We are in need of new professionals to step forward to help staff the following technical committees:   Manufacture of Organic Coatings (MAC-AAA): Applicants are being sought with expertise in… (Show more)
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jesseroman
Click to view contentJennifer Taylor, left, working with San Diego firefighter Ben Vernon, who was stabbed by a patient in 2015.   As detailed in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal, violence against first responders has become a serious issue in many countries across the Western world. Unfortunately, with no adequate system in place to track these incidents,… (Show more)
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jrodowicz
Click to view contentFrom Volunteer Firemen v.6, no.3 (1939): “Ignitze” is an ingenious public education device designed by F.L. McCament of the U.S. Forest Service and used at the New Mexico State Fair with the help of the Albuquerque Fire Department. Operated by firemen inside the “fire-proofed” skin, “Ignitze” has matches for horns, moves his eyes, jaws and legs,… (Show more)
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econlin
Click to view contentEarlier this week, NFPA was contacted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS/ASPR) Division, as the agency has made a change in the system platform they use to monitor the location of electricity dependent DME (ventilators, oxygen concentrators, powered suction pumps) populations… (Show more)
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megan.fitzgerald-mcgowan
Click to view contentResearch related to how homes ignite and post-wildfire assessments tell us that the majority of home ignitions during a wildfire are from embers and small surface fires. Since 2002, the Firewise USA® program has encouraged residents across the county to take action at the home and surrounding area to reduce the chances of their home igniting. … (Show more)
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megan.fitzgerald-mcgowan
Click to view contentThe International Association of Fire Chief's annual Wildland Urban Interface Conference is quickly approaching and we hope to see you there!   Held March 26-28 in Reno, Nevada, the WUI Conference is a great way to connect with other wildland fire professionals and get the latest information on advancements in the field. NFPA will once again have… (Show more)
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gharrington
Click to view contentIn this week’s edition of #101Wednesdays, I’ll take a look at what I think is one of the Life Safety Code’s most widely misunderstood requirements: emergency lighting.   We take for granted that when we’re in a public building, if the lights go out, emergency lights will kick on to illuminate the path of egress in the event of an emergency. In… (Show more)
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luciandeaton
Click to view contentIn July 2018, a heatwave across the United Kingdom lead to record breaking wildfires.  They burned across heathlands in the south and moors packed with deep peat in the midlands.  Two podcasts by BBC Radio 4’s Open Country explore the impacts of these fires immediately following, and again 6 months later.  They are both 25-minute podcasts but well… (Show more)
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