Education is Key to Helping Homeowners Make the Right Choices about Home Fire Sprinklers
Since the 1970s, when “America Burning: Report of the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control” was published, fire safety organizations encouraged home fire sprinkler protection as an essential fire mitigation strategy. But no one organization…
Research Foundation - Disaster Resiliency and NFPA Codes and Standards
The literature review provides relevant extracts from a variety of sources and is intended to include a pathway for understanding how the concepts of resilience could apply to the wide range of NFPA codes and standards. The mapping is intended to be both a benchmarking of the current codes and standards and an identification of a path forward for incorporating resilience concepts. The gap assessment is intended to identify knowledge gaps or other barriers to implementation.
Burn survivor from The Station Nightclub Fire now NFPA's newest blogger and fire sprinkler champion
If there was ever a story underscoring the atrocities of fire, this is it.
Rob Feeney was at The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, the night a fire claimed the lives of 100 people, making it the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in U.S.…
On the anniversary of The Station Nightclub Fire, burn survivor shares vivid memories with NFPA
Fourteen years ago this week, a fire ripped through The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, and became one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history. Of the 100 people killed in the fire was Rob Feeney's fiancee, Donna Mitchell. Rob…
National Safe Boating Week is underway
This week kicks off National Safe Boating Week, part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign, which focuses on spreading the message of boating safety and encouraging boater education. Promoting life jacket wear by every boater is the leading goal of…
Fire Prevention Week past and present
The history of Fire Prevention Week is very interesting. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which…
NFPA - Preparing homes for wildfire
There are methods for homeowners to prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the home or any attachments. Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ).
Revisiting the home ignition zone: the immediate 0-5 feet
Here at NFPA we spend a lot of time sharing resources to help residents who are trying to reduce their risk from wildfire. We frequently speak of the home ignition zone and what actions to take, sometimes forgetting that people might be new to the entire…
Convening a global perspective on a global problem
“Do we have an international wildfire problem that needs an international solution?” This was the question posed to a group of diverse wildfire stakeholders from across the globe at a virtual International Wildfire Workshop, hosted by NFPA in July. This…
California's current wildfires are different than previous for two reasons
Today's LA Times article about the numerous wildfires north of San Francisco, CA, and in Northern California highlights in stark terms their current challenge. “…The sheer magnitude of what has already burned is sobering: about 1.3 million acres this…
Colorado wildfires break records, and it's not over yet
Even as wildfire weather conditions continue to plague parts of California, October has seen wildfire activity erupt across Colorado. In recent days, fires that have been burning in more remote areas of northwest and central parts of the state for more…
#TBT From The NFPA Archives: The Blackwater Fire of 1937
Today we look back at a historic fire incident that had a significant influence on modern firefighting tactics.
The Blackwater Fire began with an electrical storm on August 18, 1937 near Blackwater Creek in Shoshone National Forest area of Wyoming. When…
Moving the needle on future wildfire losses
Recently, the Times of San Diego published an article about their Board of Supervisors approving building code upgrades for wildfire protection. With the rise of extreme wildfires in the last several decades, our nation seems to struggle with using these…