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NFSA 2018 Annual Seminar and Business & Leadership Conference News! 

The National Fire Sprinkler Association is proud to present the 2018 Annual Seminar and Business & Leadership Conference. The event will focus on leadership and business development, as well as technical topics of specific interest to the fire sprinkler industry. We will be featuring nationally-renowned business, Association and technical speakers, interactive breakout sessions, unique networking opportunities, the "back-by-popular-demand" volleyball competition and the Annual Common Voices Golf Outing! Join us May 1-5, 2018 at the magnificent Marriot Harbor Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This is an event you WON'T want to miss!  More details coming soon.

Fire Sprinkler Saves in the Southwest!!!

The month of December saw three successful fire sprinkler saves in the Southwest!!! 

December 1, Honolulu, HI. Honolulu, HI - Fire in 37th floor high rise condo extinguished by fire sprinkler system.  A fire at a new luxury tower condominium in Kakaako was extinguished today by an activated fire sprinkler according to a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman.  Firefighters received a call at about 3:45 p.m. from a person on the 37th floor of Keauhou Place, 555 South St., about smoke coming from the floor. View the full post at http://sprinklersaves.com/2017/12/honolulu-hi-fire-in-37th-floor-high-rise-condo-extinguished-by-sprinkler-system/.

December 13, Palo Alto, CA – Fire sprinkler system extinguishes kitchen fire at an 88-unit affordable housing complex.  Seven residents were displaced by a kitchen fire successfully extinguished by the fire sprinkler system at the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto on Saturday evening.  View the full post at http://sprinklersaves.com/2017/12/palo-alto-ca-sprinkler-system-extinguishes-kitchen-fire-at-88-unit-affordable-housing-complex/.

December 20, Santa Maria, CA – Fire sprinkler system halts blaze after man sets fire to police department Christmas tree.  A 23-year-old Guadalupe man was arrested when he allegedly set a Santa Maria Police Department Christmas tree on fire in their own lobby.  Santa Maria police say Steven Minami, 23, contacted police to report he was paranoid and believed someone had hacked into his computer.  View the full post at http://sprinklersaves.com/2017/12/santa-maria-ca-sprinkler-system-halts-blaze-after-man-sets-fire-to-police-department-christmas-tree/

 NFSA Existing Antifreeze System Rule-Making Guide is Available

For those of you who are living and working in some of the colder regions of the Southwest, the new “Existing Antifreeze Rule-making Guide” is available be found on our website.  The guide is based on the 2014 edition of NFPA 25 and can be found at:  http://www.nfsa.tv/itm_news_articles/2014%20Antifreeze%20Descision%20Making%20Guide.pdf

 

New OSHA Publication – Fire Services Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems is revised and available. 

                                                                                       

To better protect emergency responders, OSHA has revised its manual, Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems*. The manual explains how fire service operations can be affected by different building features, and it offers guidance for design professionals, code officials, fire service representatives, building owners and other stakeholders. Updates to the manual include more photos; new chapters on water supply and building phases; and new sections on energy conservation, emergency power, and numbering rooms and floors. The manual's information can help responders during fires and other emergencies such as hazardous material releases, emergency medical care, non-fire rescues and terrorist incidents.

NFSA Releases Video Series...The Truth About Residential Fire Sprinklers

Fire is fast! Fire sprinklers are faster! Homes and the contents within have changed and fire spreads faster causing homes to become deadly faster than ever before. Residential fire sprinklers play a vital role in keeping families safe from fire. Use this information to ensure fire sprinklers are maintained in the code and are required at the state and local level.

In this spirit, NFSA is pleased to share that we have uploaded new videos, created to address key questions posed regarding fire sprinklers in homes, to our YouTube© Channel. We encourage the use of these videos in a positive manner to educate all stakeholders. Their production is a result of efforts to present factual and educational information geared at encouraging an educated vote on the International Residential Code about specific items that have been questioned.

"We are excited to add resources to our life safety toolbox," explains NFSA President Shane Ray. "We encourage our life safety allies to engage in the process, be proactive and use these videos to help address the facts, and get more people involved in the codes process."

Together we can help educated voters make the decisions that create safer communities across America. For specific information on the ICC voting process, visit www.iccsafe.org .

We will be promoting the videos during a ten-week period, one video per week, on our social networks. Be sure to stay tuned to our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest on this exciting and informative campaign. Join our social networks through the links at the bottom of this bulletin.

Please access the videos at http://bit.ly/1MByhwB