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#101Wednesdays: A new look at business occupant loads in the 2018 Life Safety Code

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I was introduced to model codes as a graduate intern fire protection engineer at Schirmer Engineering (now Jensen Hughes) outside of Washington DC in 1991. Since that time, for almost 27 years (I know many of you have been doing this longer than me), I...

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NFPA 1: Recent fire code issues in the news, #FireCodefridays

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I’ve written about it in past posts, but this time of the year seems to bring to light many fire code issues and violations.  Whether it be haunted houses, fall festivals, fairs, school activities, corn mazes, seasonal decorations or other...

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Read the Motions Committee Report for Fall 2017 Standards with certified amending motions: NFPA 241, NFPA 260, NFPA 289, NFPA 1001 and NFPA 1981

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The Report of the Motions Committee addresses five Fall 2017 NFPA Standards with certified amending motions that may be presented at the NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session) in Las Vegas, NV on June 11-14, 2018:  NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding...

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The fire service loses a legend with Chief Brunacini's passing

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  “This weekend we lost a truly nice and genuine man whose passing marks the end of a legacy for the fire service,” NFPA’s Fire Service Segment Director Ken Willette said after hearing that former Phoenix Fire Chief and fire...

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What's really in an NFPA handbook?

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A common question we hear is “why is the code handbook so much bigger than the code?” To really see the difference, let’s look at one specific section of a code and the corresponding material found in the handbook. Below is what you see...

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NFPA 1: Requirements for haunted houses, #FireCodefridays

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Before getting into this week’s Fire Code topic I want to highlight my coworker’s latest blog post, Planning for the unthinkable in assembly venues with the Life Safety Code.  Greg, a Principal Engineer in the Building Fire Protection...

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Should NFPA develop an all-new standard on PPE contaminant control or roll the requirements into NFPA 1581?

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  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...

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C&E Spotlight: On-Demand Mobile Fueling—Enforcing Existing Regulations and Evaluating Future Needs

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Andrew Klein, Principle with AS Klein Engineering, and Lynne Kilpatrick, Fire Marshal in Sunnyvale, CA led an education session on ‘On-Demand Mobile Fueling; Enforcing Existing Regulations and Evaluating Future Needs” at NFPA Conference &...

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Review the First Draft Reports to submit comments on documents in the Fall 2018 revision cycle

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The First Draft Reports for NFPA documents in the Fall 2018 revision cycle are available. Review the First Draft Reports for use as background in the submission of public comments. The deadline to submit a public comment through the online system on any...

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NFPA 1: Requirements for combustible vegetation, #FireCodefridays

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This week I had a coworker ask me about whether or not they could have hay bales on display as part of a fall holiday event they were planning.  Working at NFPA makes me very thankful that we have staff who are careful and aware enough to ask us...

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