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Alan Bresleau

Remembering Alan Breslau Advocate and Founder of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

As the National Burn Awareness Week campaign comes to a close, we remember and honor Alan Breslau, the founder of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, who passed away in New Zealand over the holidays at the age of 94. Alan was a remarkable man, and he understood what it meant to suffer burn injuries. In 1963, when he was 37, Alan was in a plane crash while on a business trip. Of the 43 people onboard, seven died and 36 were injured, Alan lost his nose, an ear, an eye, the top of his head, a thumb, and some of his fingers to severe burns. The lack of support and isolation during his early recovery drove him to change the world for burn survivors and create a community of survivors, caretakers, first responders, medical professionals, researchers, and others that now spans the globe. In 1977, Alan created the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, inspired by the mythical bird that rises out of flames in a more beautiful form. He worked to establish the first burn camp for children in Pennsylvania, and he created a program to bring people with burn injuries from developing countries to the US for care at no cost. Family, friends, and colleagues of Alan knew that a plane crash would not stop him from doing all the things he loved. In addition to his training as a chemical engineer, Alan was an accomplished musician. He not only inspired a whole new way of living for burn survivors, they say, but he did so while continuing to play the piano, write books, play tennis, and pursue all the other passions he enjoyed. Alan strongly believed that some good would come of his tragedy. Today, the Phoenix Society is recognized around the world as the leading organization for burn support, prevention, and advocacy. NFPA supports the Phoenix Society and its wonderful work, including its annual World Burn Congress, which Alan established in 1988. If you weren’t aware, NFPA collaborated with the Phoenix Society on the launch of the Faces of Fire public awareness and advocacy campaigns, aimed at reducing loss from fire and electrical injuries. We remember Alan for his amazing strength and compassion, and for his tireless efforts on behalf of burn survivors around the world. We will honor him by continuing to carry forward the work he began. Learn more about Alan Breslau and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors on their website.    
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NFPA LiNK digital reference tool gets new addition with NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code

The new information delivery platform from the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA LiNK™, has been updated to include the 2021 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code. The platform, which launched in the fall of 2020, will include all NFPA codes and standards, supplementary content, and visual aids for building, electrical, and life safety professionals and practitioners. Currently, NFPA LiNK includes the 2021 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, which covers life safety in both new and existing structures; the four most recent editions of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), the most widely used code in the United States and referenced around the globe; the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, and more. For those not familiar with NFPA 99, it establishes criteria for levels of health care services or systems based on risk to the patients, staff, or visitors in health care facilities to minimize the hazards of fire, explosion, and electricity. Often used together with NFPA 101, NFPA 99 not only provides critical requirements for the ongoing design and day-to-day operations of health care facilities, but it also works to ensure optimal safety for patients and staff in the event of a natural disaster or health care crisis such as the current coronavirus pandemic. Today, work demands employees have the most current, relevant information and resources available at their fingertips to help solve problems quickly and at any given location. NFPA LiNK has been designed to provide users instant access to resources pertinent to their work and requirements for safe work practices that reduce a worker’s exposure to fire, electrical, and other hazards. To help address the needs of users, NFPA LiNK can be accessed via mobile devices, tablets, laptops, or other preferred device, and will become a “living library” that offers: The ability to work alongside the codes by adding personal notes, assigning colors, and saving to custom collections for quick and easy reference. A broader understanding of code requirements through access to expert commentary, visual aids, and helpful resources. Collaboration features to share code sections, work across teams, and ensure everyone knows what is required. Navigation tools that enable users to quickly locate the information they need based on the situations they encounter. Want to learn more? Check out the demonstration video that gives you a quick glance into many of the key functions and features of the tool. You can also get more information about the NFPA LiNK platform, including how to sign up for a free trial, a timeline of additional codes and standards that will be coming to NFPA LiNK, and a product introduction video. Find everything you need today at nfpa.org/LiNK.
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NFPA Faces of Fire electrical video campaign series highlights surgeon dedicated to the healing of patients suffering from burn injuries

In the final official video interview of the six-part Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign series, NFPA and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors introduce Dr. Victor Joe, MD, FACS, FCCP, a clinical professor of surgery and medical director at UCI Health Regional Burn Center in California. As medical director, Dr. Joe is dedicated to the complete physical and emotional healing of patients suffering from burn injuries, including those undergoing care from burns incurred from an electrical incident.   Since its inception, electricity has made our day-to-day living easier, but with more and more devices utilizing electricity today, there is a growing potential for electrical injuries. Many electrical injuries prove fatal, but those that are not can be particularly debilitating, oftentimes involving complicated recoveries that have a lasting emotional and physical impact on an individual.  According to Dr. Joe, “Resources like the Phoenix Society have a tremendous role and benefit for aftercare and the complete recovery of the burn patient.” Through collaboration, he says, both doctors and organizations like the Phoenix Society can better assist patients and caregivers during their recovery and long after they leave the hospital. The Faces of Fire/Electrical, which debuted in September, features personal stories of electrical burn survivors whose lives have been forever altered and how more understanding, training, and a change in work culture could have significantly impacted these outcomes. Through video interviews, written profiles, and related information, Faces of Fire/Electrical has become a resource for electrical and non-electrical workers, and the general public to learn more about the importance of electrical safety.  The Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign ultimately works to help build a safer world by teaching others and supporting the burn survivor community in advancing lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn and injury prevention. Dr. Joe is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Phoenix Society. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he is a frequent guest speaker at regional, national, and international meetings and symposia.  We sincerely thank Dr. Joe for sharing his story with us. See Dr. Joe’s video and read more about his work by visiting the Faces of Fire/Electrical website at nfpa.org/facesoffire. You can view all of the videos, including the latest interview with Pam Elliot, Fire Chief Luis Nevarez from California,  Amy Acton, Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Society, and  the first two videos of our series featuring Dave Schury and Sam Matagi, on our dedicated campaign webpage. There you will also find free resources to download and share, including fact sheets, tip sheets, infographics and more, in addition to information about electrical safety in both the home and in the workplace.
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Home Electrical Safety the Focus of NFPA Faces of Fire Electrical Hazard Awareness Campaign Video

As 2021 winter season kicks off and with more households continuing to work and study from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, we must be ever vigilant about home fire safety. This includes understanding the dangers of electricity related to our devices and equipment powered by it. NFPA and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors have introduced the fifth video interview of their six-part campaign series, Faces of Fire/Electrical, that features the personal story of a woman who, as a young girl, was seriously injured in an house fire, demonstrating the need for continued education and awareness about electrical hazards at home.  In the spring of 1959, then five-year old Pam Elliott suffered third degree burns over 50 percent of her body from a fire ignited by a damaged lighting fixture that destroyed her family home. She spent months during her elementary and high school years undergoing reconstructive surgery to help restore the function of her hands, arms, and legs, and the appearance of her injuries. Equipment and devices powered by electricity as well as faulty structural wiring are potential sources for electrical fires. We all know how much electricity makes our lives easier but today we expect more out of our electrical systems than ever before. This increased need often puts undo burden on these systems, especially in aging homes that are not set up for all our modern equipment and lighting. The Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign reminds us about potential home electrical hazards, how to recognize the warning signs, and the action steps homeowners need to take to reduce associated risks, including contacting a local qualified, licensed electrician who can work with us to find and correct fire safety hazards in our home before a serious incident occurs.  While many electrical injuries prove fatal, those that are not can be particularly debilitating, oftentimes involving complicated recoveries and lasting emotional and physical impact. Today, Pam shares her personal burn story to advocate for home fire sprinklers and home fire safety and she speaks for the most vulnerable people in house fires including infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled. Overall, the Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign works to help build a safer world by teaching others and supporting the burn survivor community in advancing lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn and injury prevention. We sincerely thank Pam for sharing her story with us. You can view all of the videos, including the latest interview with Fire Chief Luis Nevarez, from California,  Amy Acton, Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Society, and  the first two videos of our series featuring Dave Schury and Sam Matagi, on our dedicated campaign webpage. There you will also find free resources to download and share, including fact sheets, tip sheets, infographics and more, in addition to information about electrical safety in both the home and in the workplace. See Pam’s video and read more about her work by visiting the Faces of Fire/Electrical website at nfpa.org/facesoffire.
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NFPA Focuses on Home Electrical Safety in the Newest Faces of Fire Electrical Hazard Awareness Campaign Video

With the holidays upon us, coupled with more households working and studying from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, we must be ever vigilant about home fire safety. This includes understanding the dangers of electricity related to our devices and equipment powered by it. NFPA and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors have introduced the fifth video interview of their six-part campaign series, Faces of Fire/Electrical, that features the personal story of a woman who, as a young girl, was seriously injured in an house fire, demonstrating the need for continued education and awareness about electrical hazards at home.  In the spring of 1959, then five-year old Pam Elliott suffered third degree burns over 50 percent of her body from a fire ignited by a damaged lighting fixture that destroyed her family home. She spent months during her elementary and high school years undergoing reconstructive surgery to help restore the function of her hands, arms, and legs, and the appearance of her injuries. Equipment and devices powered by electricity as well as faulty structural wiring are potential sources for electrical fires. We all know how much electricity makes our lives much easier but today we expect more out of our electrical systems than ever before. This increased need often puts undo burden on these systems, especially in aging homes that are not set up for all our modern equipment and lighting. The Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign reminds us about potential home electrical hazards, how to recognize the warning signs, and the action steps homeowners need to take to reduce associated risks, including contacting a local qualified, licensed electrician who can work with us to find and correct fire safety hazards in our home before a serious incident occurs.  While many electrical injuries prove fatal, those that are not can be particularly debilitating, oftentimes involving complicated recoveries and lasting emotional and physical impact. Today, Pam shares her personal burn story to advocate for home fire sprinklers and home fire safety and she speaks for the most vulnerable people in house fires including infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled. Overall, the Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign works to help build a safer world by teaching others and supporting the burn survivor community in advancing lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn and injury prevention. We sincerely thank Pam for sharing her story with us. You can view all of the videos, including the latest interview with Fire Chief Luis Nevarez, from California,  Amy Acton, Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Society, and  the first two videos of our series featuring Dave Schury and Sam Matagi, on our dedicated campaign webpage. There you will also find free resources to download and share, including fact sheets, tip sheets, infographics and more, in addition to information about electrical safety in both the home and in the workplace. See Pam’s video and read more about her work by visiting the Faces of Fire/Electrical website at nfpa.org/facesoffire.

NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Newest Addition to NFPA LiNK Digital Reference Tool

With December upon us, NFPA is pleased to announce the addition of the 2021 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, to  NFPA LiNK™, the Association’s new information delivery platform that will include all NFPA codes and standards, supplementary content, and visual aids for building, electrical, and life safety professionals and practitioners. NFPA 101 now joins the four most recent editions of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), the most widely used code in the United States, and NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® on the platform. NFPA 101 is the most widely used source for strategies to protect people based on building construction, protection, and occupancy features that minimize the effects of fire and related hazards. NFPA 101 is unique in its field as it’s the only document that covers life safety in both new and existing structures. NFPA LiNK has been designed to provide users with instant access to resources pertinent to their work and requirements for safe work practices that reduce a worker’s exposure to fire, electrical, and other hazards. It can be accessed via mobile devices, tablets, laptops, or other preferred device, and its key functions and features make it easier to find, bookmark, organize, and share information anytime and anywhere. It will become a “living library” for users that offers: The ability to work alongside the codes by adding personal notes, assigning colors, and saving to custom collections for quick and easy reference A broader understanding of code requirements through access to expert commentary, visual aids, and helpful resources Collaboration features to share code sections, work across teams, and ensure everyone knows what is required Navigation tools that enable users to quickly locate the information they need based on the situations they encounter Interested in learning more? Check out the newest demonstration video that gives you a quick glance into many of those key functions and features of the tool. You can also get more information about the NFPA LiNK platform, including how to sign up for a free trial, a timeline of additional codes and standards that will be coming to NFPA LiNK, and a product introduction video. Find everything you need today at nfpa.org/LiNK.  
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