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Ambulance vehicle data recorders: Recommendation or requirement?
Ambulance vehicle data recorders: Recommendation or requirement?
Vehicle data recorders track speed, acceleration and deceleration, braking events, seat belt usage and other metrics of ambulance operation.
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...
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...
Deadly fire at high-rise tower in North Kensington, England, kills 12 people and injures 78, acco...
Deadly fire at high-rise tower in North Kensington, England, kills 12 people and injures 78, acco...
According to an NBC News report,�12 people have died and 78 people were injured at Grenfell Tower, a high-rise residential building in West London, England, after a fire broke out at the 24-story apartment �block� early Wednesday morning. The cause of ...
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.
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...
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...
The Intersection of IoT with Building Safety Codes
The Intersection of IoT with Building Safety Codes
AT the first session this morning, Steve Griffith and Jack Lyons from NEMA reviewed the Association's strategic initiatives related to the internet of things. Steve showed the projected growth of interconnected devices to 40 billion by 2019. He focused...
See It Before You Sign It campus fire safety campaign raises awareness of off-campus housing fire...
See It Before You Sign It campus fire safety campaign raises awareness of off-campus housing fire...
As part of an effort to help reduce fire deaths on U.S. college campuses,�the�National Fire Protection Association�(NFPA),�Campus Firewatch, the�U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the�U.S. Fire Administration�(USFA) are teaming up again...
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...
NFPA's National Fire Data Survey builds the case for improving data
NFPA's National Fire Data Survey builds the case for improving data
The National Fire Data Survey, commissioned by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), shows that while the fire service considers the fire data ecosystem to be inconsistent, under-utilized, and incomplete, it also views data as critical, impo...
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 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.�
Energy storage systems: fire safety focus of discussions in the U.S. and abroad
Energy storage systems: fire safety focus of discussions in the U.S. and abroad
Last week was the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) New England Chapter monthly dinner meeting, and the topic of discussion was energy storage systems (ESS). At the meeting, Lieutenant Paul Rogers from the Fire Department of New York gave a p...
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 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...
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...
NFPA 1: Requirements for emergency egress and relocation drills, #FireCodefridays
NFPA 1: Requirements for emergency egress and relocation drills, #FireCodefridays
For many, the month of May signals the home stretch of the school year.� However, this shouldn't be a time to overlook required safety practices in the event an emergency should occur.� Just this past Wednesday, a fire destroyed the Appleseed Academy s...
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.
Construction of World�s First Full Scale Hyperloop Capsule Begins
Construction of World�s First Full Scale Hyperloop Capsule Begins
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has begun construction of the world�s first full-scale Passenger Hyperloop� Capsule. HTT is one of a handful of startups that have been working toward developing the concept � a mode of passenger and freight ...
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 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...
At-a-Glance Sheet: Standard�for�sUAS (Small�Unmanned�Aircraft�Systems)�for�Public�Safety�Operatio...
At-a-Glance Sheet: Standard�for�sUAS (Small�Unmanned�Aircraft�Systems)�for�Public�Safety�Operatio...
You are all probably wondering what�s happening in the world of NFPA and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS, or outside of the U.S.A. commonly referred to as UAV�s/Drones), especially since the request for a new standards project was approved at the...
As number of U.S. multigenerational households continues to rise, NFPA and CPSC develop toolkit t...
As number of U.S. multigenerational households continues to rise, NFPA and CPSC develop toolkit t...
Multigenerational households are on the rise: The number of Americans living under the same roof with at least three generations has doubled since 1980. While these living arrangements offer many benefits, they also present potential fire safety challe...
NVFC introduces new animated video about firefighter contamination and cancer
NVFC introduces new animated video about firefighter contamination and cancer
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has created a new animated video to bring attention to the organization�s Serve Strong program and raise awareness about contamination and cancer in the fire service. The video is the second developed by NVFC....
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...
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...
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...
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:�
U.S. District Court ruling allows continued excellence in development of public health and safety...
U.S. District Court ruling allows continued excellence in development of public health and safety...
he United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Hon. Tanya S. Chutkan) has issued a ruling that will support federal, state and local governments� efforts to support public health and safety through the use of voluntary consensus codes an...
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.
Fire departments turning to dogs to test firefighters for cancer
Fire departments turning to dogs to test firefighters for cancer
One of the most pressing current issues in the fire service is the alarming rise of cancer among firefighters.
NFPA provides arson and historical perspective in new Crime Scene podcast
NFPA provides arson and historical perspective in new Crime Scene podcast
NFPA's Senior Fire Investigator and New England Regional Director, Bob Duval provides code and arson perspective in a new podcast, produced by Lohud, a news division serving Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties in the�Lower Hudson Valley region o...
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.�
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 ...
NFPA to develop fire risk assessment tool in response to tragic high-rise fires incidents
NFPA to develop fire risk assessment tool in response to tragic high-rise fires incidents
In light of a recent series of fires in high-rise buildings with combustible facades, including the Grenfell tower fire, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has initiated a project to develop a fire risk assessment tool for these types of b...
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...
NFPA�s New Standard for Facilities Safety Director Professional Qualifications released for Publi...
NFPA�s New Standard for Facilities Safety Director Professional Qualifications released for Publi...
At its April 4-5, 2017 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new standard for Facilities Safety Director Professional Qualifications and placed it in the Annual 2019 cycle.
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 ...
Fire Safety and Connected Buildings
Fire Safety and Connected Buildings
If we are going to benefit from the connected buildings movement, we have to continue to reach out to organizations outside the fire community to show others the potential for these technologies to interconnect and enhance safety in a multitude of ways.
BMW cars on fire: not the first time cars catch fire while shut off
BMW cars on fire: not the first time cars catch fire while shut off
BMW car owners are a little on edge these days with news outlets across the country reporting that the popular German cars are bursting into flames while parked, in some cases, for days. The resulting damage has been extensive, especially when the vehi...
Word choices are important when communicating about wildfire risks
Word choices are important when communicating about wildfire risks
At some point, we've all been told to Watch our Words, or Choose Your Words Carefully; just ask my three kids how many times they've�heard that from me during their lifetime, and they'll�quickly tell you it's into the thousands.
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 ...
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...
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.
UPDATE: As of September 1, all persons engaged in hot work in Boston need to have hot work safety...
UPDATE: As of September 1, all persons engaged in hot work in Boston need to have hot work safety...
All workers at job sites where hot work activities are performed in Boston must take NFPA Hot Work Safety Training and earn an NFPA Hot Work Safety Certificate by September 1, 2017.
Connecting the dots on today�s fire problem
Connecting the dots on today�s fire problem
The Grenfell Tower fire in London has been a horrific fire tragedy.� With a loss of 79 lives thus far, it is one of the most tragic fires to occur in the UK in recent decades.� Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims as well to t...
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.
So, how many fires occur in a particular type of property?
So, how many fires occur in a particular type of property?
Sometimes, you want to know the latest estimates of fires in or at a particular occupancy or property.��Maybe you care about structure fires only.� Maybe�you also�want to look at vehicle fires or outside and unclassified fires.� You may be interested i...
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: Construction type requirements in accordance with NFPA 220, #FireCodefridays
NFPA 1: Construction type requirements in accordance with NFPA 220, #FireCodefridays
NFPA 1 isn�t a document I work with a lot, so when Kristin asked me to write a guest post for her Fire Code Fridays blog, I was a little intimidated. Luckily, NFPA 1 includes literally HUNDREDS of referenced standards, a few of which I know pretty well...
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 Conference & Expo to be held in Boston
NFPA Conference & Expo to be held in Boston
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is hosting its 2017 Conference & Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, June 4-7. The annual conference is widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for fire, electrical, and ...
NFPA and State Farm announce winners of 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project awards
NFPA and State Farm announce winners of 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project awards
At a time when wildfires are causing more damage to homes and businesses each year, the�National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm� are helping communities take steps toward safety with the fourth national Wildfire Community Preparednes...
NFPA 1: Inspection, testing and maintenance of commercial cooking equipment, #FireCodefridays
NFPA 1: Inspection, testing and maintenance of commercial cooking equipment, #FireCodefridays
In a 2012 reported titled �Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments� by Ben Evarts, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 7, 640 structure fires per year in eating and drinking establishments between 2006 and 2010. The...
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...
Thousands of workers take first of its kind hot work safety program
Thousands of workers take first of its kind hot work safety program
As the city of Boston remembered Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy who died battling a fire on Beacon Street in Boston three years ago this week, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced that more than 13,000 work...
Keep safety in mind as we celebrate pets
Keep safety in mind as we celebrate pets
May is National Pet Month, a time when the benefits of pets are celebrated. The observance focuses on promoting responsible pet ownership and fundraising for the care of domesticated animals that do not have a home.
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 ...
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...
Employing smart firefighting in a wildfire scenario
Employing smart firefighting in a wildfire scenario
Smart firefighting technology is increasingly used today by the fire service to assess risks before, during, and after incidents. Data captured from smart technology is helping to make firefighting safer and more efficient than ever before.
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...
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.�
Social Media Job Posting - A Recruiters Checklist
Social Media Job Posting - A Recruiters Checklist
On Friday, the long-awaited Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner took off for the first time. The 787-10 is the latest and biggest member of the Boeing 787 family of commercial aircraft, and according to Airframer.com, incorporates composite�materials from 19 comp...
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...
Today in History: Oklahoma City Bombing, April 19, 1995
Today in History: Oklahoma City Bombing, April 19, 1995
Twenty-two years ago, on April 19, 1995, the Oklahoma City Bombing occurred. On that day, 168 individuals were killed when a Ryder rental truck loaded with explosives detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The blast destroyed or d...
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...
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.
Remembering Ann Marie Gallagher and the unsolved mystery of the Cocoanut Grove Fire
Remembering Ann Marie Gallagher and the unsolved mystery of the Cocoanut Grove Fire
On the 70th anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove fire a few years back, three survivors told NFPA their stories. Ann Marie Gallagher was a 16-year-old girl from New Hampshire who was in Boston with her family, and was one of the survivors who we featured ...
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.
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...
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Who needs all those words in a standard?�
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Who needs all those words in a standard?�
I am weary from answering questions about what I consider to be clear and concise requirements. A majority of these types of questions are posed by someone who has never opened�NFPA 70E�, Standard for Electrically Safety in the Workplace. If you have n...
NFPA announces 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award winner
NFPA announces 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award winner
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Dolly Hulin, Fire and Life Safety Education Division Chief for the Thomasville Fire Department in North Carolina as the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Hulin will be recognized a...
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).
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...
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.
NFPA recognizes all firefighters on International Firefighters' Day
NFPA recognizes all firefighters on International Firefighters' Day
International Firefighters� Day (IFFD) is observed on May 4th, and is a time where the world�s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also ...
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.�
Statistics illustrate importance of creating a safer workplace for electrical workers
Statistics illustrate importance of creating a safer workplace for electrical workers
May is Electrical Safety Month and throughout the month, NFPA and ESFI have been raising awareness of potential electrical hazards and the importance of electrical fire safety on the job.
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...
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...
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...
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...
#101Wednesdays: Allegedly neglected fire protection systems contribute to another Oakland tragedy
#101Wednesdays: Allegedly neglected fire protection systems contribute to another Oakland tragedy
I�m back this week with another installment of #101Wednesdays after spending last week in Las Vegas teaching NFPA�s Life Safety Code Essentials seminar. The news of another multiple-fatality fire in Oakland, CA that greeted me at work Monday reinforced...
NFPA, Tesla and utilities: perfect timing for energy storage
NFPA, Tesla and utilities: perfect timing for energy storage
In the days leading up to this morning�s announcement from Tesla about aggregating energy storage to form an energy network, the Technical Committee on Energy Storage Systems gathered at NFPA headquarters in Quincy to finish the development of the NFPA...
�Tiny homes� movement prompts NFPA to offer guidance on building and life safety components of th...
�Tiny homes� movement prompts NFPA to offer guidance on building and life safety components of th...
An alternative to traditional housing options, tiny homes are growing in popularity. These permanent dwellings, known for their small size and economical living costs, are cropping up across the U.S., as are concerns regarding the applicability of buil...
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, ...
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Implementing risk controls is more involved than you think
A better understanding of NFPA 70E: Implementing risk controls is more involved than you think
The 2015 edition of NFPA 70E�, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace introduced a requirement that risk controls be implemented during the course of the risk assessment. That edition included a possible hierarchy of risk controls as an inform...
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.
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, ESFI emphasize importance of electrical fire safety during National Electrical Safety Month
NFPA, ESFI emphasize importance of electrical fire safety during National Electrical Safety Month
Electricity helps make our lives easier but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted.
NFPA safety bulletin highlights the importance of fire hose code adherence, as modern day fires g...
NFPA safety bulletin highlights the importance of fire hose code adherence, as modern day fires g...
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued an attack fire hose safety bulletin today, reminding the fire service to purchase, maintain, inspect, remove and repair fire hose in accordance with NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose and NFPA 1962, ...
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...
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.
Numbers tell a powerful story about NFPA�s ability to engage international audiences
Numbers tell a powerful story about NFPA�s ability to engage international audiences
NFPA has been working with international stakeholders for decades. Try as we might, long distances can often preclude NFPA staff from traveling to countries that are looking to learn more about codes, training, and best practices. Technology, however, ...
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.�
NFPA awards James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal to Ann Jones for advocacy efforts
NFPA awards James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal to Ann Jones for advocacy efforts
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced that Ann Jones has received the 2017 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal for her lifelong devotion to fire safety and having an influential role in the passage of a nationwide requirement for reside...
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...
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...
Leave fireworks to the professionals
Leave fireworks to the professionals
Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn�t go in consumers� hands. That�s the message the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reinforcing this Fourth of July. Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries,...
Future Army Soldiers Could Have �Third Arm� to Carry Weapons
Future Army Soldiers Could Have �Third Arm� to Carry Weapons
The U.S. Army is developing a �third arm� device that can be attached to a soldier�s protective vest to hold a weapon. The purpose of the device is to redirect all of the weight of a weapon to the soldier�s body and lessen the weight on the soldier�s a...
July two-day workshop provides unique hands-on, practical training aimed at the automatic sprinkl...
July two-day workshop provides unique hands-on, practical training aimed at the automatic sprinkl...
Are you a project manager responsible for reviewing and approving plans, or an engineer or designer who needs to ensure sprinkler system plans are ready for submission to AHJs? If so, then you know there�s a lot riding on the accuracy and timeliness of...
Fireground injuries on the fireground peak in July
Fireground injuries on the fireground peak in July
The arrival of summer brings more than the prospect of outdoor activities and family vacations.�
Development of new active shooter Standard begins at NFPA today as gunman opens fire at congressi...
Development of new active shooter Standard begins at NFPA today as gunman opens fire at congressi...
Early this morning, as members of Congress practiced for an upcoming charity baseball game at a ballfield in Alexandria, Virginia, an active shooter fired between 50 and 100 rounds from a semi-automatic weapon, according to ABC News. Anthony Scalise (R...
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...
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 ...
#101Wednesdays: Fall prevention and grab bars coming to 2018 edition of NFPA 101
#101Wednesdays: Fall prevention and grab bars coming to 2018 edition of NFPA 101
Most people probably don�t associate reviewing tub and shower installations with the typical Life Safety Code inspector; but that�s about to change
NFPA experts lead American Wood Council webinar on Fire Protection During Construction
NFPA experts lead American Wood Council webinar on Fire Protection During Construction
On July 13th, from 1:55 - 3:30pm ET, the American Wood Council will be hosting a free webinar on Fire Protection during Construction. This 90-minute webinar will introduce attendees to several of the recent major fires and their causes, the many fire-r...
Fire Protection Research Foundation hosts 21st Annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Sympos...
Fire Protection Research Foundation hosts 21st Annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Sympos...
The Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), announced it will co-hosting the 21st annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Symposium (SUPDET� 2017) with the University of Duisburg-Essen (...
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...
Firewise and USAA team up on program to help protect New Mexico and Utah neighborhoods
Firewise and USAA team up on program to help protect New Mexico and Utah neighborhoods
USAA policyholders living in recognized Firewise Communities/USA� sites in New Mexico and Utah can now receive discounts on their homeowners insurance premiums. The National Fire Protection Association�(NFPA)�s�Firewise Communities/USA� Recognition Pro...
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.�
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.