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Ecosystem Watch

In each issue of NFPA Journal, six recent news events, research findings, or other items are chosen by the Journal editorial staff and highlighted as examples of successes or failures in the context of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.

Examples from the most recent issue of NFPA Journal are listed below. See more information about the Ecosystem and each of its eight components. 

 

Component

Story

 Result

 

 

STAFF SAVING

US representatives from Illinois urge FEMA to temporarily expand the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program to avoid staffing cuts at fire departments nationwide amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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CLADDING CONUNDRUM

The United Kingdom announces over $1 billion in funding to help strip and replace combustible cladding on residential high-rises throughout the country.

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POWER OVERLOAD

A blaze sparked by three power strips plugged into one another puts two people in the hospital in Maryland. NFPA 1, Fire Code, prohibits stringing power strips together, a practice known as "daisy-chaining."

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HEALTHY MINDS

The National Volunteer Fire Council, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, and the American Psychological Association release a new directory of behavioral health professionals who are experienced in treating firefighters, EMS providers, dispatchers, and rescue workers. 

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CAREFUL COOKING

NFPA announces 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme: Serve up fire safety in the kitchen. Nearly half of all home fires in the United States involve cooking equipment.

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ASKING FOR TROUBLE

The American Pyrotechnics Association releases a video urging the public to buy and use consumer fireworks this summer. NFPA data shows that consumer fireworks start an estimated 19,500 fires nationwide each year and injure more than 9,000 people.

 An X