Staying up-to-speed on new hazards, changing technologies, best practices, and the codes that ensure safety can be a full-time job for those that work in the building, life safety, and emergency response realm.
To help authorities and practitioners keep informed about the codes in effect in any given state, county or city, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has developed CodeFinder™, a new interactive online tool that identifies the NFPA codes and standards that are being used around the world.
The new web-based resource also includes information on the NFPA codes referenced within the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and International Code Council (ICC) codes. Referenced documents are considered part of those codes, and should be enforced for complete compliance and optimal safety.
CodeFinder features available data for U.S. states, cities with more than a quarter million in population, and counties with over one million in population (or the largest municipalities in the state).
It also contains information for Canadian provinces and territories, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia and the United American Emirates.
According to the NFPA, CodeFinder was designed to be informational and educational. It will continue to improve with information and input from a wide spectrum of professionals.
In other fire-fighting news, last year, 60 firefighters were killed while on duty, with sudden cardiac arrest accounting for almost half of those deaths. Plus, 2017 saw a troubling spike in firefighters struck and killed by vehicles.
Overexertion, stress, and medical issues accounted for more than half of the firefighter deaths in 2017. Of the 32 deaths in this category, 29 were classified as sudden cardiac deaths (usually heart attacks), two were due to strokes, and one was due to complications from a recent medical procedure that developed while the victim was at work.