Major Hurdles for Enforcement Community

NFPA 1124 is the Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles in which the Council has taken a major stance on March 13, 2014 and issued a lengthly decision on the embattled code to withdraw the fire protection standards for the storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.  This includes specific direction to other standards to “expeditiously remove references to and extracts from the consumer fireworks provisions of NFPA 1124″

In 2007 specific requirements where set forth to maintain the protection requirements that relate to the storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.  the issuance of the 2013 edition continued and now will be modified at the direction of the council to exclude storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.

Read the Statement here

The conclusion states:

….. The Council, in particular, is mindful of the [click to continue…]


International Code Council Government Relations Update

by Michael O'Brian on March 10, 2014

 Super Important: Deadline This Month For Voting Members

The Group C Committee Action Hearings will be held April 27–May 4 in Memphis, Tenn. ICC Governmental Member Primary Representatives must validate their Governmental Member Voting Representatives (“GMVR”) no later than March 28 for the GMVR to be eligible to participate in the Online Assembly Floor Motion vote that will follow the Committee Action Hearings.

Jurisdictions that are not currently Governmental Members wishing to be eligible to participate in 2014 Online Assembly Floor Motion vote, Public Comment Hearings, and Online Governmental Consensus Votes must apply for ICC Governmental Membership by March 28, and shall be required to designate their GMVR as noted above for the Online Assembly Floor Motion vote.

Other individuals or entities wishing to be eligible to participate in the 2014 Online Assembly Floor Motion vote must apply for ICC Membership by March 28. Details are available at (membership login required). Registration for the hearings is free and encouraged. Visit for details.

Memphis Committee Action Hearings Schedule Available

The Memphis hearings are an excellent way for code officials and sustainable building professionals to learn more about the IgCC and experience ICC’s new cdpACCESS in action.

Hearings will start at [click to continue…]


Building Safety Month

by Michael O'Brian on February 3, 2014

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 50,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.


Building Safety Month has earned the highest recognition in the past three years with Presidential Proclamations from President Barack Obama.

You can expand recognition for 2014 Building Safety Month with an official proclamation from your Chapter, Association and local, state and national leaders.

Download the [click to continue…]


ICC Requests Feedback on Certification

by Michael O'Brian on January 23, 2014

The International Code Council is looking to new certifications.  Based on responses to a previous survey they conducted to determine need, the International Code Council (ICC) is developing the following commercial fire sprinkler and commercial fire alarm certification examinations:

{ 1 comment }

Fire Prevention Needs Advocates

by Michael O'Brian on January 23, 2014

A free, 90-minute webinar sponsored by Vision 20/20

Register Today!

Fire prevention departments across the nation are seeing budget cutbacks, making it more important than ever to be able to justify the importance of fire prevention programs.  This webinar will focus on important tools that will help you demonstrate the role of fire prevention in a community, and a landmark national survey of fire service practitioners that reveals the widespread impact of cuts to fire prevention.

During this webinar, you will learn about the many tools and guidance available for developing an advocacy strategy to support a comprehensive fire prevention program.

You will also learn of resources within the toolkit you can use to:

  • Demonstrate the need for enhanced fire prevention to decision-makers
  • Show results of a successful strategy
  • Develop relationships to enhance your program

Presenters for this webinar include:


Vision 20/20 released an in-depth analysis of smoke alarm and related research focusing on why smoke alarms may not be in as widespread use as previously thought. Using an extensive literature review and data gathered during a number of Vision 20/20 Assistance to Firefighter Grant funded Community Risk Reduction projects, the study, The Smoke Alarm Problem, sheds light on the problems the fire safety community faces in getting people to install and maintain enough smoke alarms to properly protect their families.

There are several issues highlighted in the study, among them:

  • Smoke alarms, while perceived as important devices, are not ones which people interact with on a regular basis and are not viewed as essential to daily living as other devices may be, leading to a failure to install or maintain them.
  • Consumers may be overwhelmed with the number of choices they face in selecting alarms.
  • Consumers may have a difficult time understanding what it is they need among sometimes conflicting and confusion legislation, codes and standards.
  • Nuisance alarms may be a significant factor in understanding why people disable alarms
  • Field experience of home safety visits, especially in high-risk areas, show that the number of homes with working smoke alarms may be much lower than previously thought.

“This important topic arose out of [click to continue…]

{ 1 comment }

Does This Meet Code 19

Goodman on SNL Fire Safety

by Michael O'Brian on December 16, 2013

Its a Fire Safety Talk!

As inspectors education is a key component of our profession.  Some times we run into some real smart kids.  So in lieu of asking if this meets code, has this every happened to you?

{ 1 comment }


by Michael O'Brian on November 14, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is pleased to announce the release of its new mobile application “NFPA News” for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android operating systems. The free app, now available for download on iTunes and Google Play, provides the latest happenings in the fire, electrical and life safety industry and allows users to access resources related to breaking news, code development updates, public safety information, social media updates, and multimedia in one easy-to-use to package.

“We created this app as a way to provide useful information and updates that will contribute to fire safety at every level,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The NFPA News mobile app is a great source for safety information and serves as a quick reference guide for anyone dealing with fire, electrical and life safety codes and standards.”

Unlike similar apps, the free NFPA News mobile app provides instantly updated news releases, fire prevention research, blogs, videos, social media posts, and links to journal articles at your fingertips.


Post image for 2014 Call for Presentations NFPA Conference

2014 Call for Presentations NFPA Conference

by Michael O'Brian on July 22, 2013

NFPA is soliciting session proposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo, to be held June 9-12, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NFPA Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. With approximately 5,000 attendees, it is the year’s largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries.

If you’d like to share your knowledge and best practices, we invite you to send us your session proposals in any of the following topic areas:

Electrical, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire and Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity, Building and Life Safety, Loss Control/Prevention, Detection and Notification, Fire Suppression, Green Initiatives, Public Education, and Research

Deadline: Monday, September 16

All proposals must be submitted online: Submit Proposal 

This is a great opportunity to [click to continue…]


ICC Update July 2013

by Michael O'Brian on July 14, 2013

Code of Honor Scholarships Application Period Now Open, Deadline is July 12

The scholarships help to ensure the I-Codes reflect the consensus view of officials at all levels of government by providing funding to Governmental Member Voting Representatives seeking to participate in the Public Comment Hearings, Oct. 2–10, in Atlantic City, N.J. Deadline for submission is July 12. Download the application here:

2013 Global Membership Award Nomination Deadline Is July 15

If you know an exemplary individual or group whose contributions to building safety, code compliance, fire prevention, sustainability, public service or community service are commendable, nominate that person or group for an International Code Council award. Award recipients will be honored and recognized publicly for their accomplishments during the 2013 ICC Annual Conference in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Global Membership Award nomination deadline is July 15. Applications and details are available at

Call for Nominations to the ICC Board of Directors

Elections of officers and vacant Board of Directors positions will [click to continue…]