As a way to help professionals stay up to date on the fast-paced world of electrical, fire and life safety, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) launched a twice-monthly podcast earlier this month.
Founded in 1896, the NFPA is a global, self-funded, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.
The podcasts feature in-depth interviews on fire, electrical and life safety. “The new podcast follows the same journalistic style that was employed by the former NFPA Journal Podcast but delves further into emerging issues and trending topics by featuring more voices from diverse professionals from around the globe,” said the NFPA.
These points of view will come from a number of subject matter experts, including code officials, electricians, facility managers, inspectors, builders, firefighters, public educators, policymakers and others.
“Everything related to fire and life safety changes so fast and frequently, and as such, so must the depth of our knowledge,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy for the NFPA.
“The NFPA Podcast looks at persistent challenges, current issues, and potential concerns in a refreshing, relevant way. It provides listeners with well-rounded information, so that those charged with protecting people and property can do their jobs effectively and efficiently.”
Episodes air on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and can be accessed on Spotify, Apple Music and other podcast platforms. Topics already covered or planned include fire safety considerations for batteries, remote video inspections, residential fire sprinklers and wildfire preparedness efforts.
Updated December 15
NFPA's recent press release announced the release of the fifth video interview of their six-part campaign series, Faces of Fire/Electrical, which is distributed with Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. It includes personal stories of people impacted by electrical incidents while demonstrating the need for continued education and awareness about electrical hazards at home and in the workplace.
According to NFPA, Pam Elliott is the latest interview in the video campaign. In the spring of 1959, then five-year old Elliott suffered third degree burns over 50 percent of her body from a fire ignited by a damaged lighting fixture that destroyed her family home. She spent months during her elementary and high school years undergoing reconstructive surgery to help restore the function of her hands, arms, and legs, and the appearance of her injuries.
Faces of Fire/Electrical features six personal stories of electrical burn survivors whose lives have been changed and how more understanding, training and changes in work culture could have impacted these outcomes. Woven into these stories of resilience is an additional interview with a physician dedicated to the complete physical and emotional healing of patients suffering from a burn injury. Through these video interviews, written profiles and related information, Faces of Fire/Electrical is a resource for electrical and non-electrical workers, and the general public to learn more about the importance of electrical safety.
Elliot's story advocates for home fire sprinklers and fire safety, and she speaks for the most vulnerable people in house fires including infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled.
Visit www.nfpa.org/facesoffire each month to watch the videos. Free resources are now available to download and share, and additional information about the Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign can be found on NFPA’s website.