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  • Hot Work: More than Welding, Cutting, and Burning October 5, 2023
    NFPA Senior Chemical Engineer Matthew Barker also contributed to this blog.   Hot work continues to be one of the most significant industrial hazards facing the world. But with the help of longstanding and recently updated resources from NFPA®, the fire and life safety risks associated with hot work can be significantly reduced.   What […]
  • Update: Second Draft of NFPA 1970 Is Posted and Available for Submissions of NITMAM Through November 1, 2023 October 4, 2023
    In my continuing effort to keep interested parties apprised of the latest standards activity related to firefighting gear and conversations about the presence of PFAS, the second draft of the upcoming edition of NFPA 1970, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural and Proximity Firefighting, Work Apparel and Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, […]
  • FPRF to Host Free Webinar on Firefighter PPE Cleaning September 20, 2023
    The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), the research affiliate of NFPA®, will host a free webinar on September 28, 2023, titled “Fire Service PPE Cleaning Validation.” Firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) is exposed to a wide range of toxic chemicals, biological pathogens, and other hazardous substances and contaminants. Those contaminants soil firefighter PPE and other […]
  • As Populations Grow and New Hazards Emerge, Understanding Global Trends and Research Can Help Us Chart the Course September 11, 2023
    SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 UPDATE: The fire that broke out in a ramshackle five-story apartment building in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 31 killed at least 73 people, including many who were homeless. The fire underscores global concerns about fire and life safety, particularly among developing nations and areas where housing pressures create additional risks for […]
  • September is National Preparedness Month: Is Your Community Ready to Respond to a Severe Weather Event or Emergency? September 7, 2023
    While the warmer months of the year signal a time when we can indulge in vacations, beach days, and outdoor activities, the summer and fall are also when hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfires, and other potential natural disasters make their impressive mark across many areas of the United States, often disrupting the rhythm of our daily lives. […]