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Northeast Prepares for 2017 National Electrical Code

Northeast Prepares for 2017 National Electrical Code

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA While participating in the 2016 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Meeting in Las Vegas last month, I imagined similar discussions occurring elsewhere. NEMA field representatives build relationships with code committees and code councils in every state. The information we receive from the NFPA Technical Meeting is just one tool we have to Read more [...]
Insurance Industry Promotes Best Practices in Code Adoption and Enforcement

Insurance Industry Promotes Best Practices in Code Adoption and Enforcement

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Bryan P. Holland, NEMA Southern Region Field Representative One sentence in the foreword to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace[1] posits, “It can be debated that all of the requirements of the National Electrical Code, when traced through a chain of events, relate to an electrical hazard.” This is likely true for every code and standard Read more [...]
New Designation Facilitates Mass Notification

New Designation Facilitates Mass Notification

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Denise L. Pappas, Executive Director, Technical Standards, Valcom Inc., and Gordon Bailey, Director, Engineering Services, Valcom Inc. Changes to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code on fire alarms reflect a movement in the fire alarm world that acknowledges the evolving role of technology. In 2010, NFPA changed the name of NFPA 72 from National Fire Alarm Code to Read more [...]
Iowa Knows: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Iowa Knows: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The number of fire deaths that occur each year nationwide is widely published. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Loss in the United States During 2011 report, civilian home fire deaths have decreased 58% from 6,015 in 1978 to 2,520 in 2011. That is why the installation and use of smoke alarms are promoted by fire and life safety experts around the world. Iowa State Fire Marshal (SFM) Ray Reynolds knows this, as he has consistently demonstrated since assuming Read more [...]
Danger Lurking in Schools?

Danger Lurking in Schools?

Yesterday, an elementary school in Atlanta, GA was evacuated due to a carbon monoxide (CO) leak that apparently resulted from a faulty furnace. CO levels spiked to 1,700 parts per million, far exceeding levels at which CO alarms and detectors would have triggered. News reports indicate that 43 children and 10 adults were sent to local hospitals to be evaluated for CO poisoning after experiencing common symptoms of CO, including headaches, nausea, and stomachaches. The school did not have CO detectors Read more [...]