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New NFPA Journal looks at the fire hazard of buildings’ decorative features

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Are those palm trees outside your hotel window real or simulated? Could they be made of plastic? If so, they can pose a significantly greater hazard than real palm trees in a fire event.   The nature of that hazard, both inside and outside...

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NFPA Journal article details NFPA's new standard on mass evacuation and sheltering

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the city of San Antonio, Texas, sheltered an estimated 37,000 storm evacuees at a cost to the city of roughly $21.8 million. While extraordinary in its benevolence, the city’s mayor at the time, Phil...

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In May's NFPA News: new project on emergency responder robotics; proposed tentative interim amendments on NFPA 70; Annual 2016 Motions Committee Report; and more...

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   The May 2016 issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available. New project on Emergency Responder Robotics (unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other robotics utilized for emergency responder...

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NFPA partakes in White House resiliency panel - highlighting codes and standards, wildfire mitigation programs, public education and internationally-focused outreach

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  NFPA Vice President of Research Kathleen Almand was among national experts providing forward-thinking input as part of the White House Event on Resilience and Building Codes this week, an event that focused on the Obama administration’s #1...

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Call for members on new Technical Committee on Hazardous Waste

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At its April 2016 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council voted to approve a new Technical Committee on Hazardous Waste along with a committee scope.  Previously, at its August 2015 meeting, the Council voted to establish a task group, chaired by Dr....

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Call for members on new Technical Committee on Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC)

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The Council approved a request to develop a project on low pressure dispensing containers (LPDC).  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new Technical Committee on Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC) be...

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Call for members on new NFPA Technical Committee on Energy Storage Systems

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At its April 2016 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a request to develop a project addressing the design, construction, installation, and commissioning of stationary energy storage systems.  The Council directed that a call for members...

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Comments sought on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) to NFPA 70, National Electrical Code

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The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, are being published for public review and comment:   NFPA 70, proposed TIA No. 1223, referencing  690.12(2), of the 2014 edition NFPA 70,...

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NFPA seeks comments on proposed project on emergency responder robotics

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NFPA is seeking public comment by June 17, 2016, on a proposed new project for the development of a standard on operational protocol and professional qualifications for operators of emergency responder robotics (including unmanned aerial systems,...

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Medicare Medicaid now requires health care facilities to comply with 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities that require healthcare facilities to use the 2012 edition of NFPA 101® Life Safety...

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