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NFPA Standards Council issues Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) to NFPA 30B, NFPA 55, 59A, 80, 105, and 5000

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 12:59
At its December 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of several proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs). The following TIAs were issued by the Council on December 8, 2015: NFPA 30B, TIA 15-2, referencing 3.3.2 Aerosol Container NFPA 55, TIA 16-1, referencing 1.1.1 NFPA 59A, TIA 16-1, referencing various sections NFPA 80, TIA 16-1, referencing 19.4.4, 19.4.6, 19.5.2.3 and 19.5.3.3 NFPA 105, TIA 16-1, referencing 7.5.4, 7.5.5 NFPA 5000, TIA 15-7, referencing 7.4.3.6.5(5) Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) are amendments to an NFPA document processed in accordance with Section 5 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards... Debbie Baio http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/nfpa-standards-council-issues-tentative-interim-amendments-tias-to-nfpa-30b-nfpa-55-59a-80-105-and-5.html
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Comments sought on proposed Tentative Interim Amendment to NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 11:24
The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code, is being published for public review and comment: NFPA 400, proposed TIA No. 1213, referencing Table 5.2.1.6 and Table 5.3.7 on the 2016 edition Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the February 19, 2016 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date. Debbie Baio http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/comments-sought-on-proposed-tentative-interim-amendment-to-nfpa-400-hazardous-materials-code.html
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NFPA's new Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors conducts its first meeting

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 13:03
At its April 2015 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors. This committee is charged with the development of national standards relating to facility emergency action plans and criteria for building fire and life safety directors. The committee’s scope is: “This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents related to the duties, requirements, and competencies required of Building Fire and Life Safety Directors. This committee shall also have primary responsibility for the establishment of minimum requirements for emergency action plans addressing all-hazard emergencies within occupied structures having an occupant load... Debbie Baio http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/nfpas-new-technical-committee-on-building-fire-life-safety-directors-conducts-its-first-meeting.html
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'Twas the Night before Christmas, an NFPA holiday story

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 15:57
The holidays are upon us and NFPA wishes you and your family a very joyous and safe season! To celebrate this special time of year, NFPA's president, Jim Pauley, takes a moment to relax and read one of our favorite holiday stories - with a fun NFPA twist, of course! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did when he read it at our recent holiday breakfast get together! Happy Holidays, everyone! LisaMarie Sinatra http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/twas-the-night-before-christmas-an-nfpa-holiday-story.html
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Comments sought on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) to NFPA 69, Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 13:40
The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 69, Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems, are being published for public review and comment: NFPA 69, proposed TIA No. 1211, referencing 7.2.3.1.2, 7.2.3.1.1(new), A.3.3.25, and Table C.1(a) on the 2014 edition NFPA 69, proposed TIA No. 1212, referencing Annex B.8(new) on the 2014 edition Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the February 19, 2016 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date. Debbie Baio http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/comments-sought-on-proposed-tentative-interim-amendments-tias-to-nfpa-69-standard-on-explosion-preve.html
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Maryland adopt latest editions of NFPA fire safety codes

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 08:43
The State Fire Prevention Commission in Maryland has adopted the 2015 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Code™, and NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. Both codes are used to protect people and property in new and existing buildings. The Life Safety Code, used in all 50 states, mandates building design construction, operation, and maintenance requirements to protect building occupants from the dangers caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. "Life safety is always our top priority," said State... Mike Hazell http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/maryland-adopt-latest-editions-of-nfpa-fire-safety-codes.html
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NFPA Standards Council seeking public comments on a potential new project on low pressure dispensing containers (LPDCs)

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:04
NFPA is currently soliciting comments from interested organizations and individuals to gauge interest in the development of a standard addressing fire protection guidance for low pressure dispensing containers (“LPDCs”). LPDCs contain a liquid product, which may or may not be a flammable or combustible liquid, that is intended to be dispensed under pressure by means of a nonflammable (e.g., nitrogen) or flammable (e.g., liquefied petroleum gas - LPG) propellant. LPDCs are currently transported in interstate commerce as “Chemical Under Pressure” (e.g. UN3500 (Appendix A)) under the Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Fire protection guidelines for... Debbie Baio http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/nfpa-standards-council-seeking-public-comments-on-a-potential-new-project-on-.html
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Comments sought on proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) to NFPA 52, NFPA 55, NFPA 68, NFPA 664, and NFPA 780

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:11
The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 52, Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems Code, NFPA 55, Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code, NFPA 68, Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting, NFPA 664, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities, and NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems, are being published for public review and comment: NFPA 52, proposed TIA No. 1205, referencing 11.3.2.13.9 and 13.3.2.19.2(G) and (H), on the proposed 2016 edition NFPA 52, proposed TIA No. 1206, referencing 15.3.3.1.5, Figure 15.3.3.1.5, 15.3.3.1.6 and Section 15.3.3.6 on the... Debbie Baio http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/12/comments-sought-on-proposed-tentative-interim-amendments-tias-to-nfpa-52-55664.html
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New NFPA Journal column looks at effort in Alabama to strike arc fault circuit interrupters from state code

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 09:17
In his column in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal, Jeffrey Sargent, details the Alabama Energy and Residential Code Board’s consideration of a proposal to remove the requirement of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) from the state’s Residential Building Code. The proposal, supported by a homebuilders group, would affect new construction of one- and two-family homes. AFCIs were simply too expensive, the homebuilders argued; by their own estimate, AFCI installation in a typical home costs about $300. In the column, “Sweet Home Alabama,” Sargent, a regional educational code specialist at NFPA, details the fight, what’s at stake, and how... Jesse Roman http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/11/new-nfpa-journal-column-looks-at-effort-in-alabama-to-strike-arc-fault-circuit-interrupters-from-sta.html
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NFPA, Research Foundation, host workshop in New York to pave path forward on energy storage system safety

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:49
About 60 leading professionals from across a wide range of sectors gathered in New York City yesterday to participate in one of the most comprehensive and high-level discussions to date on energy storage system (ESS) safety. New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro kicked-off the proceedings by thanking attendees for coming together to tackle an issue that is a growing safety concern for the city. New York now has received more than 100 applications to install energy storage systems in various structures across the city, but large knowledge gaps in safety still remain. The systems, ranging in size from a... Jesse Roman http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/11/nfpa-research-foundation-host-workshop-in-new-york-to-pave-path-forward-on-energy-storage-system-saf.html
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New NFPA Journal NFPA 13 In Compliance Column looks at why the code's scope and purpose page matters

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 08:29
When it comes to NFPA codes and standards, many people skip right to the meat of the code, looking past the scope and purpose statements in Chapter 1, writes Matt Klaus, in his new column, “What It’s All About,” in the new November/December NFPA Journal. Not a good idea, says Klaus, a principal fire protection engineer at NFPA and staff liaison for NFPA 13, 13R, & 13D. “While the scope and purpose statements in some documents are fairly straightforward, many others contain nuances that are critical for the correct application of the standard,” he writes. Klaus encourages even longtime users... Jesse Roman http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/11/new-nfpa-journal-nfpa-13-in-compliance-column-looks-at-why-a-the-codes-scope-and-purpose-page-matter.html
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In the new NFPA Journal: The Life Safety Code considers grab bars to prevent falls in baths and showers

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 18:03
Technical committees for NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, are considering proposed changes to the 2018 edition of the code that would address the risk of falls in baths and showers. That’s the topic of “Grab Hold,” the In Compliance/NFPA 101 piece in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal. Authored by Ron Coté, principal life safety engineer at NFPA, the article looks at grab bar changes being made to “address a significant public health problem, one raised in the substantiation for the Public Inputs proposing these new provisions.” Coté writes that the substantiation documented some eye-opening findings: » The U.S. Consumer... Scott Sutherland http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/11/in-the-new-nfpa-journal-the-life-safety-code-considers-grab-bars-to-prevent-falls-in-baths-and-showe.html
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Responder column in the new NFPA Journal looks at the blurring lines between the fire service and law enforcement

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:05
As the fire service is asked to respond to a larger variety of incidents, and the world changes and new threats arise, there has been a blurring of the once sharp line between fire service and law enforcement, writes Ken Willette, the division manager for public fire at NFPA. Willette’s new column, “The Thin Purple Line,” in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal discusses why this is happening and how NFPA is responding with new and updated codes and standards to reflect this new reality. “NFPA is ready and able to draw on its areas of proven expertise to... Jesse Roman http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2015/11/responder-column-in-the-new-nfpa-journal-looks-at-the-blurring-lines-between-the-fire-service-and-la.html
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