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NBC's "This Is Us" dramatically demonstrates critical home fire safety messages
NBC's "This Is Us" dramatically demonstrates critical home fire safety messages
Over the past few weeks, the NBC television show �This Is Us� has effectively dramatized home fire missteps that can have deadly consequences. These dramatizations have turned lots of attention to fire safety, offering powerful opportunities to talk ab...
NFPA launches web-based CodeFinder tool with mapping software to show the codes and reference sta...
NFPA launches web-based CodeFinder tool with mapping software to show the codes and reference sta...
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released CodeFinder�, a new interactive online tool that identifies the NFPA codes and standards that are in effect in U.S. municipalities or counties, as well as in regions of Canada, South America, ...
At NFPA, students are the future of global fire science and engineering
At NFPA, students are the future of global fire science and engineering
Fire protection engineering students are not strangers to NFPA. �We have a very long history of hiring interns and co-ops from Worcester Polytechnic Institute's fire protection engineering program, some of whom have become employees here. �More recentl...
NIST report: Human frailty a contributing factor in home fire deaths
NIST report: Human frailty a contributing factor in home fire deaths
A new study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) emphasizes the likelihood of either dying or getting injured in home fires based on�certain�age�groups.�
NFPA Standards Council votes to cease standards development of NFPA 277, Standard Methods of Test...
NFPA Standards Council votes to cease standards development of NFPA 277, Standard Methods of Test...
After reviewing the entire record before it, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council voted today to cease standards development of NFPA 277, Standard Methods of Tests for Evaluating Fire and Ignition Resistance of Upholstered ...
NFPA report reveals wide variations in state adoptions of NEC and neglect of electrical safety
NFPA report reveals wide variations in state adoptions of NEC and neglect of electrical safety
Across America, states vary widely in how promptly, or even if, they adopt the latest edition of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code� (NEC�). Not adhering to the latest edition can lead to serious shortfalls in electrical safety for citizens and a failur...
What will you be doing May 5th? Make a difference. Participate in something big, Wildfire Communi...
What will you be doing May 5th? Make a difference. Participate in something big, Wildfire Communi...
This Saturday we can all take action to make our communities safer from wildfire risks.
Locking doors on college campuses to prevent unwanted entry
Locking doors on college campuses to prevent unwanted entry
One of the issues facing many, if not all, colleges and university campuses today is the need for greater security against unwanted entry from events such as an active shooter or other violent acts. The events which are plaguing college campuses and ot...
Maintaining fire and life safety in a challenging enforcement environment
Maintaining fire and life safety in a challenging enforcement environment
NFPA works daily with a committed group of professionals who are responsible for maintaining fire and life safety in their facilities worldwide. Often those facilities are located in domestic and global jurisdictions with varying levels of safety enfor...
Impact of fixed fire fighting systems on road tunnels
Impact of fixed fire fighting systems on road tunnels
Road tunnels are common place across North America and the world, providing the necessary path through mountains and under water. NFPA 502, Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridge, and Other Limited Access Highways, provides fire protection and life safety r...
Fire sprinkler advocate named fire chief of the year
Fire sprinkler advocate named fire chief of the year
Fire Chief W. Keith Brower heard the mayday call as he was approaching the scene of a home fire in 2008. The thought that a member of his crew was in danger filled him with dread.��When the mayday was called, I was approximately seven to eight miles ou...
NFPA's codes and standards can provide guidance when it comes to addressing some of OSHA's top 10...
NFPA's codes and standards can provide guidance when it comes to addressing some of OSHA's top 10...
During the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo, the world�s largest forum for health and safety technology, products, education, and networking, OSHA�s preliminary Top 10 list of violations for 2017 was revealed. NSC President and CEO ...
California experience highlights the tremendous and humbling complexity of wildfire disasters
California experience highlights the tremendous and humbling complexity of wildfire disasters
As I write this on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 11, 2017, firefighters in�California are�battling 22 large wildfires that�have burned�nearly 170,000 acres - most of that acreage in�8 counties in the�northern part of the state. According to�CAL F...
In response to rising toll of active shooter and hostile events, NFPA to fast-track a new standar...
In response to rising toll of active shooter and hostile events, NFPA to fast-track a new standar...
A rise in active shooter incidents and the escalating impact of hostile events has prompted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events as a provis...
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Risk Control - Awareness and Administrative Controls
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Risk Control - Awareness and Administrative Controls
With the issuance of the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E�, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, a risk assessment must consider the outcome of human error during the performance of a task. The three most effective controls are less affected by hum...
Red Cross survey identifies disturbing misconceptions about home fires
Red Cross survey identifies disturbing misconceptions about home fires
Here is today's disturbing fact: forty percent of people recently surveyed believe they are more likely to win the lottery or get struck by lightning than experience a home fire.�
38 million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled, one of biggest recalls ever by CPSC
38 million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled, one of biggest recalls ever by CPSC
ABC News reports�that�Kidde�has recalled 38 million portable fire extinguishers due to faulty plastic nozzles and push buttons, prompting one of the biggest safety recalls ever by the�Consumer Product Safety Commission�(CPSC).
NFPA moves the National Fire Data System project forward with help from an AFG grant and AppGeo
NFPA moves the National Fire Data System project forward with help from an AFG grant and AppGeo
A little more than 14 months into a 2-year, 1.3 million dollar Assistance for Firefighters Grant from FEMA, NFPA has entered a new phase of development for the National Fire Data System with Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo), a company specializing in...
New research project works to clarify the role station wear plays in protecting firefighters from...
New research project works to clarify the role station wear plays in protecting firefighters from...
NFPA 1975, Standard on Emergency Services Work Clothing Elements, specifies the requirements for the thermal stability of station wear (garments under bunker gear), which affects the burn protection provided by this apparel. However, we speculate that ...
New law for New Jersey schools seen as fire sprinkler victory
New law for New Jersey schools seen as fire sprinkler victory
New Jersey is about to get a�better idea�on which of its schools are protected by fire sprinklers and which ones aren't.�
New report identifies potential hazards and strategies to reduce electric shock drownings in mari...
New report identifies potential hazards and strategies to reduce electric shock drownings in mari...
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.
As today�s homes burn faster than ever, this year�s Fire Prevention Week campaign presents critic...
As today�s homes burn faster than ever, this year�s Fire Prevention Week campaign presents critic...
Knowing that today�s homes burn faster than ever, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced �Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out� as the official theme for this year�s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 8-14, 2017. Experts say yo...
NFPA and State Farm encourage communities to participate in 2018 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
NFPA and State Farm encourage communities to participate in 2018 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Wildfires are causing more damage to homes and businesses each year, not only in California but in states as different as Tennessee, Montana and Florida.
Why home fire sprinklers should be a serious consideration in rural communities
Why home fire sprinklers should be a serious consideration in rural communities
The statistics do not lie. A recent�NFPA Journal article underscored today's rural fire problem, stating:�
C&E presenter talks hydrogen fuel cells
C&E presenter talks hydrogen fuel cells
In the mid 2000s, everyone from Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson to President George W. Bush touted hydrogen fuel cells, or HFCs, which combine oxygen from the air with hydrogen to create electricity, as the future of motoring. All these years later, thou...
New! Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) Practice exam makes preparing for CFPS Certifica...
New! Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) Practice exam makes preparing for CFPS Certifica...
Exciting news, everyone! Preparing for your Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) Certification has never been easier! NFPA�s CFPS Practice Exam has been given a full overhaul.
NFPA, ESFI stress importance of electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month
NFPA, ESFI stress importance of electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month
Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop or iPhone. These actions are second nature for most of us.
Fire chiefs share lessons learned from recent high profile emergencies including hurricanes, hi-r...
Fire chiefs share lessons learned from recent high profile emergencies including hurricanes, hi-r...
Fire chiefs from France, the United Kingdom, and the United States gathered in Quincy, Massachusetts at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Urban Fire Forum (UFF) to listen to first-hand accounts of some of the biggest emergency response in...
NFPA launches first of its kind wildfire certification
NFPA launches first of its kind wildfire certification
Although there are many practitioners working in the field with titles such as Wildland/Urban Interface Specialist, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Wildfire Prevention officer, etc., there is no certification that standardizes some body of knowledge, g...
NFPA interviews fire marshal from city that recently passed fire sprinkler requirement for its ne...
NFPA interviews fire marshal from city that recently passed fire sprinkler requirement for its ne...
Rock Island (population: 39,000) is a town within the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa. This Illinois�gem distinguished itself from its neighbors last year by passing a requirement to sprinkler its new homes. I recently interviewed Rock Island's...
Electrical safety concerns when powering your holiday decorations and installations #FireCodeFridays
Electrical safety concerns when powering your holiday decorations and installations #FireCodeFridays
In my recent NFPA Live I discussed seasonal fire safety requirements in NFPA 1, Fire Code, that fire inspectors face during the winter months. I provided an overview of the requirements necessary to enforce special outdoor events, Christmas trees, heat...
Santa Ana winds driving wildfires across Southern California; 3 steps to help plan for a possible...
Santa Ana winds driving wildfires across Southern California; 3 steps to help plan for a possible...
A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires have been burning in Southern California since Tuesday prompting the National Weather Service to call this, �the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season.�
NFPA Standards Council issues preliminary minutes and decisions from August meeting
NFPA Standards Council issues preliminary minutes and decisions from August meeting
The NFPA Standards Council met on August 15-17, 2017 in Quincy, MA. �At the meeting, the Council acted on various agenda items including the issuance of documents in the Annual 2017 revision cycle and the consideration of several appeals.�
NFPA underscores electric shock hazards in pools and at marinas during summer months
NFPA underscores electric shock hazards in pools and at marinas during summer months
With Memorial Day and the start of summer just around the corner, the�National Fire Protection Association�(NFPA) is reminding people about the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, on board boats and in the waters surround...
NFPA announces theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018: �Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware...
NFPA announces theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018: �Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware...
The latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year�s Fire Prevent...
How much foam is enough for a High Hazard Flammable Train?
How much foam is enough for a High Hazard Flammable Train?
The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), the research affiliate of NFPA, has released a report on Foam Application for High Hazard Flammable Train (HHFT) Fires for the first responder community. Trains with a continuous block of tank cars loaded...
NFPA and State Farm announce the start of funding award application period for fifth Wildfire Com...
NFPA and State Farm announce the start of funding award application period for fifth Wildfire Com...
Every year, brush, grass and forest fires burn across the U.S., and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. It�s not a matter of if it will happen, but when will a community experience a wildfire threat.
NFPA announces 2018 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award winner
NFPA announces 2018 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award winner
The�National Fire Protection Association�(NFPA) has named Denise Hynes, public educator for Toronto Fire Services, as the 2018�Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Hynes will be recognized at NFPA�s 122nd�Conference & Expo, the premier event in f...
Partnership Announces 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees
Partnership Announces 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees
The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has announced the 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Award winners. Established in 2014, the awards are the highest commendation for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfi...
Campus Fire Safety Month: a great time to consider an emergency preparedness plan for your school
Campus Fire Safety Month: a great time to consider an emergency preparedness plan for your school
If you�re a facility manager, building owner or enforcement official in charge of emergency preparedness for a college or university campus, you know a one-size-fits-all emergency management plan won�t cut it when it comes to the safety of students, fa...
Northeast US wildfire crews assist with fires in western Canada
Northeast US wildfire crews assist with fires in western Canada
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...
NFPA and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition initiate day of action to address North America�s home fir...
NFPA and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition initiate day of action to address North America�s home fir...
In the U.S., home fires claim the lives of seven people each day and injure 13,000�annually. Home fire sprinklers can help eliminate these tragedies, but legislative barriers and a general unawareness of this technology have prevented its use in new ho...
Space heaters account for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires and 85 percent of associated deaths
Space heaters account for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires and 85 percent of associated deaths
Keeping sufficiently warm during the winter months can prove challenging, particularly when frigid temperatures persist, as they have recently for much of the country.
NFPA and others come together in Phoenix to address firefighter cancer and contamination
NFPA and others come together in Phoenix to address firefighter cancer and contamination
NFPA staff members focused on research and support of first responders gathered with peers from other top fire service organizations in Phoenix last week to discuss a topic that is hotter than the Arizona sun - firefighter cancer.
Metro Chiefs meet in San Antonio
Metro Chiefs meet in San Antonio
The Metropolitan �Metro� Fire Chiefs Association, a Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2018 annual conference in San Antonio, Texas May 4-10. More than 120 Metro chief...
Which areas of a home require fire sprinklers, and which areas don't?
Which areas of a home require fire sprinklers, and which areas don't?
Sprinklers shall not be required in garages, open attached porches, carports, and similar structures.
May, July peak months for grilling fires
May, July peak months for grilling fires
Grilling season is right around the corner and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer month...
Commentary: Addressing cancer within the fire service must start with embracing home fire sprinklers
Commentary: Addressing cancer within the fire service must start with embracing home fire sprinklers
There is a lot of discussion about changing the culture of the fire service today. In my nearly 40 years in the fire service, I have witnessed a lot of positive change; firefighters smoking cigarettes are rare, most all firefighters wear SCBA, and ther...
Dog snatches pancake from stove, accidentally starting house fire
Dog snatches pancake from stove, accidentally starting house fire
A dog accidentally started a fire this week while stealing a pancake from on top of a stove in a Southwick, Massachusetts, home.
National Volunteer Fire Council gives Lifetime Achievement Award
National Volunteer Fire Council gives Lifetime Achievement Award
It came as no surprise to me to learn that Ron Farr had been recently bestowed with the high honor of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Volunteer Fire Council.� In my mind the only thing that prevented him from receiving it much soone...
All-new fact sheets and online portal provide data on all 50 U.S. states� fire service progress, ...
All-new fact sheets and online portal provide data on all 50 U.S. states� fire service progress, ...
How well are the needs of fire departments in your state being met? Access the National Fire Protection Association�s (NFPA) all-new, state-by-state fact sheets and online portal, which deliver statewide and customizable data, to find out. Both resourc...
Fire Protection Research Foundation releases new findings on cross laminated timber used in tall ...
Fire Protection Research Foundation releases new findings on cross laminated timber used in tall ...
The Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), the research arm of the National Fire Protection Association, has released findings on how exposed timber in high-rise residences might impact fire behavior. The new Phase 2 �Fire Safety Challen...
NFPA 1: Code requirements for open fires, #FireCodefridays
NFPA 1: Code requirements for open fires, #FireCodefridays
This past march New England was hit with three Nor�easter storms in less than two weeks.� The storms left behind many downed trees and branches and extensive property damage.� When the surrounding streets look like this (below photo: Pembroke, MA), res...
NFPA�s annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report shows 60 on-duty deaths in 2017, reflecting lowe...
NFPA�s annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report shows 60 on-duty deaths in 2017, reflecting lowe...
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report, which showed a total of 60�U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2017. This number represents the lowest total reported since 1977, when NFPA...
NFPA accepting nominations for advocacy award honoring influencers in fire and life safety
NFPA accepting nominations for advocacy award honoring influencers in fire and life safety
The National Fire Protection Association�(NFPA) is accepting applications for the 2018�James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes outstanding efforts of people taking a firm stance on fire and life safety issues.�
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: the other chapters
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: the other chapters
Do you know that there are three chapters in NFPA 70E�, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace�? Although Chapter 1 is the most well-known there are two other chapters applicable to the users of the standard. Chapter 2 applies to any facility ...
A better understanding of NFPA 70E and its "elimination" risk control
A better understanding of NFPA 70E and its "elimination" risk control
An electrical hazard either exists or it does not. Under most circumstances 50 volts or greater is considered to be a shock hazard, and an incident energy of 1.2 cal/cm2 or greater is consider to be a thermal (arc-flash) hazard. When an electrical haza...
Should NFPA develop an all-new standard on PPE contaminant control or roll the requirements into ...
Should NFPA develop an all-new standard on PPE contaminant control or roll the requirements into ...
The NFPA Standards Council has received a New Project Initiation Request from the fire service asking NFPA consider developing an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish the minimum requirements for the effective contamination control of fire department ...
All year round, but especially during EMS Week, we recognize that we are stronger together
All year round, but especially during EMS Week, we recognize that we are stronger together
We, at the NFPA, work closely with EMS providers whose dedication to their patients and their colleagues often goes unrecognized every day. As we celebrate another EMS Week, we want to thank each of you, your families and all the people who make it pos...
Every firefighter needs an annual physical: how to make it happen and why
Every firefighter needs an annual physical: how to make it happen and why
The average age of a first heart attack for the general population is 66. For the fire service, it�s 49. It�s a sobering statistic that underscores the critical importance of annual exams for firefighters.