Industry News Letters
The latest news releases from NFPA, National Fire Protection Association
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New effort underway to investigate and improve liquid integrity testing of protective clothing worn by first responders
June 19, 2013 â€” The Fire Protection Research Foundation is collaborating on a new project being led by International Personnel Protection, Inc. to develop new procedures to improve how barrier protective clothing for first responders is evaluated when limiting exposure to hazardous liquids. This project is funded by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) of the Department of the Defenseâ€™s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO).
June 13, 2013 â€“ Every year the National Fire Protection Associationâ€™s (NFPA) Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Awards will be presented to 12 individuals at the NFPA Conference & Expo taking place this week in Chicago.
June 12, 2013 â€“ This week, Colorado has been experiencing extensive wildfire activity that has scorched more than 12,000 acres, destroyed close to a hundred homes and evacuated thousands. Wildfire safety experts from the National Fire Protection Associationâ€™s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program and the International Association of Fire Chiefsâ€™ (IAFC) Ready, Set, Go! Program encourage residents to prepare their homes for a wildfire, maintain a situational awareness of the fires and evacuate if called to do so.
June 11, 2013 â€“ The Electrical Code Coalition (ECC) today announced the launch of its new website, which aims to facilitate direct and full adoption, application and uniform enforcement of the latest edition of NFPA 70®, the National Electrical Code® (NEC®). The NEC sets the standard for safe electrical installations in homes, businesses, institutions and industry.
NFPA's annual firefighter fatality report shows low number of on-duty deaths for second consecutive year
June 11, 2013 â€“ Today the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual Firefighter Fatality Report. There were a total of 64 on-duty firefighter deaths in the U.S. in 2012, making 2012 the second consecutive year that the total has been below 65 deaths. For the past four years, now, the annual total has been well below 100, dropping the annual average over the past 10 years to 88 deaths. NFPA released the results during a special session at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago.
In time for Fire Prevention Week in October, the National Fire Protection Association will release a free deluxe interactive storybook app for ages 3-7, a free e-book for ages 7-10, and a website for parents and teachers (www.sparkyschoolhouse.org), all designed to teach kids about the importance of fire safety in a fun, engaging way.
May 23, 2013 â€“ As the Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer, grillers everywhere are dusting off their spatulas and are eager to let the grilling season commence. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is recommending that grillers be mindful of safety, especially as the peak months for grilling fires, June and July, approach. While gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires than their charcoal counterparts, all grills pose a risk for fires and burns.
May 20, 2013 â€“ The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is sponsoring the “Fire Service Safety & Health Quizâ€ť Sweepstakes in conjunction with International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, which will be June 16-22, 2013. The theme of the week, and of the contest, will be “Saving Our Ownâ€¦ An Inside Job.â€ť
May 17, 2012 ? The National Fire Protection Associationâ€™s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program reached a milestone and announced the 900th community to earn recognition as a Firewise Communities/USA® site. The city of Lakeway in Travis County, Texas is the latest neighborhood to take action to improve residentsâ€™ safety from threats posed by brush, grass and forest fires.
May 16, 2013 â€“ Recent wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin highlight the threat to homes and property in communities across the Midwest. According to news reports, the Germann Road Fire in Douglas and Bayfield Counties in northwest Wisconsin burned 9,000 acres while just across the border in northern Minnesota, the Green Valley Fire has consumed more than 7,000 acres. Dry and windy conditions continue to contribute to an outbreak of wildfires across both states, and many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.
May 9, 2013 â€“ The National Fire Protection Associationâ€™s (NFPA) Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program is honoring 34 official Firewise communities from 17 states as they each celebrate a 10-year anniversary of continued participation and successes in reducing wildfire risks. The communities were nationally recognized in 2004, and were among the earliest adopters of the Firewise Communities/USA process.
May 9, 2013 â€“ The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) has released a report on a study of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and its affiliated Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG) requested a study of the flammability of Li-ion batteries in bulk storage to inform the development of sprinkler protection criteria.
Sunday May 19, 2013 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nationâ€™s fire departments.
May 5, 2013 â€“ The recent Springs Fire in Ventura County near Malibu, on the Pacific Coast, highlights the threats to homes and property from wildfire in communities across California. Driven by windy, dry conditions, the fire has burned close to 8,000 acres and many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.
May 1, 2013 â€“ Electrical fires remain one of the top causes of home structure fires, according to a new report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Home Electrical Fires report estimates that an electrical failure or malfunction factored in 45,000 to 55,000 home structure fires reported to the U.S. fire departments every year since 2000.
April 30, 2013 â€“ The National Fire Protection Associationâ€™s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program named Patti Maguire the Firewise advisor for its Southwest 2 Region to help expand the associationâ€™s community wildfire safety activities. Maguire will join the programâ€™s five existing regional advisors and oversee Firewise activities in communities in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.