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NFPA Journal tells you why you need AFCIs in older homes

Let’s stop pretending that new homes are immune from electrical fires and that they will never become old homes, says Don Bliss, vice-president of Field Operations for NFPA. Studies by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other organizations have found that the frequency of electrical fires is higher in homes that are more than 40 years...

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Maryland County enacts Building Safety Month, promotes building codes and home fire sprinklers

Let's all take a lesson from the good people of Montgomery County, Maryland. Public officials there have made safety a priority--so much so that they've officially deemed May Building Safety Month. This year's theme is "Resilient Communities Start With Building Codes." This proclamation aims to raise awareness on a variety of topics,...

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NFPA Journal addresses firefighters' personal protective equipment

"As my own experience illustrates, you never know what you’re exposed to," says Ken Willette, division manager for Public Fire Protection at NFPA. What he was exposed to was Agent Orange. Agent Orange is a dioxin-based defoliant used during the Vietnam War that has since been proven to be a carcinogen. Almost 40 years ago, hundreds of a...

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May and Arson, 2015

The month of May saw may different activities in the field of arson investigation. It coincided with the completion of the NFPA 921 First Draft meeting. This is where the proposed changes to the 2017 edition of NFPA 921 were moved (subject to ballot), be sure to sign up for alerts on www.nfpa.org and receive notification of when the First Draft...

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The new NFPA Journal looks at the biggest changes and updates proposed for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13

The products we store in warehouses and how we store them is a lot different today than it was just a couple decades ago. That fact is one of the driving forces behind a few of the bigger changes and updates proposed for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems. The article “Big + Bigger” in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal...

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Survey on Tactical Video Cameras and Equipment

UL and NFPA have agreed to partner to create standards relating to tactical video cameras and equipment (e.g., hand-deployed, covert placement, robot-mounted) and operational (e.g., body-worn) video camera systems. UL Standards Technical Panel 3802 is developing a performance standard for these systems, and the NFPA Technical Committee on Tactical...

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NFPA Journal talks about revising NFPA 400 to provide safer storage for ammonium nitrate

In 2013, an ammonium nitrate storage facility in West, Texas, caught fire and exploded, destroying most of the facility. The blast left a crater nearly 100 feet (30 meters) across and 10 feet (3 meters) deep and killed 15 people. Damage was estimated at $250 million. Shortly after the disaster, the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Chemicals,...

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Debunking Life Safety Code® myths in the new NFPA Journal

In his In Compliance column in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal, Ron Coté, principal life safety engineer at NFPA, debunks two myths that often pop up around NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. The first myth Coté addresses is that all assembly occupancy rooms with an occupancy load more than 50 must have a second egress door. Not true, Coté writes, al...

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NFPA Journal discusses mixing audible alarm systems

Does NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, allow you to use two different types of audible alarms in the same building? That was the question a fire alarm system designer who was upgrading a building's alarm system asked recently on the NFPA LinkedIn Forum. Could he use horns or horn/strobes in half the building, while leaving bells or...

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Hear the latest activities in codes and standards at the Standards Showcase in Chicago

Interested in hearing about the latest activities in codes and standards? The Standards Showcase is designed to be an interactive session giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions about the standards development process, hear about the new features of the NFPA Technical Meeting, hot issues such as new projects in development, and more....

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