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Does NFPA provide education and guidance about CO – carbon monoxide – poisoning prevention?

January 10, 2024

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 420 people die of carbon monoxide or CO poisoning each year in the US and it is responsible for over 100,000 emergency department visits.

What NFPA code provides guidance to warn of carbon monoxide poisoning in a building?

January 10, 2024

A recent incident illustrates the importance of prompt warning of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in a public building. Over 40 people were hospitalized on New Year’s Eve due to CO poisoning at a church in Utah.

How are NFPA standards and codes kept up to date?

December 13, 2023

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an “international nonprofit organization . . . that seeks to reduce the burden of fire and other hazards by providing consensus codes and standards designed to minimize and reduce the effects of fire.”

Why is it valuable to understand the impact of NFPA standards and codes?

December 13, 2023

The value of having a functioning, easily accessible fire extinguisher can make the difference between a minimal fire incident or a serious property and casualty loss.

What are other important features of on-demand (mobile) refueling addressed by NFPA 30A?

November 8, 2023

Chapter 14 of the Code requires that a safety-emergency plan be kept on the dispensing vehicle. This would include procedures for spill prevention, fire safety, and driver training.

What is mobile refueling and is it addressed by any national standard?

November 8, 2023

Mobile refueling or on-demand refueling is the practice of refueling a vehicle by a service that brings fuel to an offsite location. This could be the customer’s driveway, a parking lot, or other site.

What specific safety components should be replaced after flood exposure?

October 11, 2023

Components of special interest for insurance are communication devices, protection, and signaling systems, including burglar, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems.

Why is it important to understand the full scope of flood damage to a building’s electrical system?

October 11, 2023

Hurricanes and floods leave obvious visible damage in their wake. However, there is also invisible damage. Flood waters may contain chemicals, oils, sewage, and debris that can render electrical systems unsafe or inoperable.

Do concealed spaces increase fire hazard?

September 13, 2023

A concealed space is a void or unoccupied area in the construct of a building, not readily visible and with no easy access. While seemingly innocuous, these gaps can add to fire risk, delay detection, and complicate suppression efforts.

How can fire risk be reduced in concealed spaces?

September 13, 2023

Concealed spaces in architectural design add complexity to fire risk. Insurance inspection organizations acknowledge the concealed space hazard with an additional rating factor. Yet steps can be taken to reduce risks associated with concealed areas.