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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?

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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.


2014 Call for Presentations NFPA Conference

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 

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ICC Update July 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: http://www.iccsafe.org/scholarships/Pages/CodeHonor.aspx

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 http://www.iccsafe.org/Membership/Councils/Pages/2013Call.aspx.

Call for Nominations to the ICC Board of Directors

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Strategy 1: Prevention Advocacy

Tools and guidance are being updated to help the fire service implement a local advocacy strategy for increasing resources for fire prevention. The Advocacy Toolkit, produced with 2008 AFG funding, is an online resource available at www.strategicfire.org. With 2011 AFG funding we are able to update and add new content providing more resources for fire prevention personnel. A short video tutorial will be added as an introduction. This will provide users a bird’s-eye view of the steps for developing an advocacy plan: 1) demonstrate need, 2) demonstrate results, 3) develop relationships, and the many resources that are imbedded in the toolkit to help them get started. The updated Advocacy Toolkit will be available at our website by the end of August, 2013.

Strategy 2: Prevention Marketing

  • Two successful rounds of research and message testing have been completed with social marketing experts Salter Mitchell helping us to create the Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ theme, now being executed under the leadership of the U.S. Fire Administration, and a supporting message on safe cooking “Keep an Eye on What You Fry.” Our focus the last six months was to develop an equally simple and powerful message to inspire the public to have working smoke alarms in their homes. But, given the breadth and complexity of smoke alarm messaging, the results were inconclusive.
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IFE Vision 20/20 project to host third Models in Fire Prevention Symposium

The Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch Vision 20/20 project was awarded a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety grant to hold the third Models in Fire Prevention Symposium featuring prevention programs that demonstrate results, and that can be replicated in other communities. The last symposium, held in 2012, featured 15 presentations ranging from “Art and Science of Developing Prevention Culture in both the Political Environment and Fire Department” to “Research-Based Recommendations for Smoke Alarm Projects” and was attend [click to continue…]


Does This Meet Code 18

Its Only a R-1 Hallway

Recently at a short stay in a local hotel, I came across this scenario.  The Chemicals were delivered from a parcel delivery company and I watched the interaction with staff.  The product is located outside of a maintenance room, in a hallway immediately adjacent to sleeping rooms in a Hotel.

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ICC Committee Action Hearing

International Fire Code and Residential Energy

The ICC Committee Action hearings for the Group B cycle are live and going strong for a couple days now.  The room is full of industry, inspectors, and code professionals who are working to make a difference and continue our great work of providing the best codes for our communities.

I know you are all very busy but I wanted to send a link to the webcast of the ICC hearings along to you. The IFC will be meeting today (Tuesday) through Thursday evening.

It is a great chance to see how codes are developed in the ICC process.  If you are in the office, log in and take a look, this will help with understanding the intent of the codes you use on a daily basis.

Just an FYI and share with anyone that might be interested to take a look how the process works:


Last Call for ICC Code Change Proposals

January 3 is Deadline

The ICC Group B code changes must be submitted by January 3 for all Group B code documents. This includes:



Welcome 2013!

Well on behalf of the code weenie and Inspector911.com I would like to thank all of you for a great 2012 and wish you a great year in 2013.

It seems that everyone is talking resolutions at this time of the year.  Resolutions around weight loss, fitness, education, updating web-page (I know its been 6 months), quit smoking, or even to get married.  Some resolutions seem to make it while others fizzle off by the end of the first week in January.

The question becomes what are your professional resolutions or goals for 2013?  Do you have goals for your department, organization, or association?  I have heard a couple great thoughts so far these include:

  • Increasing customer service at our front counter
  • Provide daily training to every inspector
  • Develop an active smoke alarm program
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