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New NFPA report underscores fire deaths of the physically disabled and impact of sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Physical disabilities can delay or thwart a person’s chances of safely escaping a burning building. New data on just how many fatal fire incidences have impacted this population provides yet another reason why home fire sprinklers…

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2014 Edition of the National Electrical Code now effective in 12 states; Eleven more to come on line by January 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced that the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) is now effective in 12 states: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.…

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Addressing freeze protection in NFPA 13D

By Fred Durso, Jr. One of the common concerns for homeowners that have a sprinkler system in compliance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, is the potential for frozen pipes. The…

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NFPA announces second annual NEC Challenge

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced that its second annual NEC Challenge is firmly underway. The NEC Challenge is an interactive competition that invites electrical professionals across the country to put their code knowledge to the test. Last year’s…

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NFPA launches interactive 2014 Fire Prevention Week quiz

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering an online, interactive quiz for members of the public looking to test their fire safety smarts. The quiz reinforces the messages behind NFPA’s annual awareness campaign, Fire Prevention Week, and its 2014…

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Fire Protection Research Foundation announces winners of the 2014 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel Awards

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), announced winners of the 2014 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards. The award winners were selected by participants at the Foundation’s 2014 Suppression,…

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New program helps fire departments plan for older adult fire safety

A new program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is available to fire departments and other community organizations to help plan and implement fire safety interventions for the high-risk group of older…

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Mary Marchone honored with national fire safety award

Mary Marchone, a U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy (NFA) training specialist for the Fire Prevention (Management) curriculum, is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. The award was presented on…

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Updated report: Residential Building Electrical Fires (2009-2011)

The U.S. Fire Administration has released an updated report on home electrical fires. From 2009-2011, an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires were reported to fire departments within the United States each year. These fires caused an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125…

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Theme for the 2014 Arson Awareness Week is announced

The theme for this year’s Arson Awareness Week (May 4-10) is Vehicle Arson: A Combustible Crime. For more information and resources you can use to increase awareness about vehicle arson in your community, visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website at…

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