Working Group on Flammability Standards for Building Insulation Materials

Legislation was passed in 2013 that added Section 13108.1 to the Health and Safety Code (AB 127, Skinner Fire safety: fire retardants: building insulation), that required the State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation, to review the flammability standards for building insulation materials, including whether the flammability standards for some insulation materials can only be met with the addition of chemical flame retardants. The State Fire Marshal convened a working group to assist in the review and provide recommendations regarding the flammability standards for building insulation materials. The Working Group Final Report and recommendations has been completed. Click here for updated .

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Issues Safety Alert re: Crude Oil Transportation

Recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil. The Office of State Fire Marshal has issued Information Bulletin 14-001 to further advise that Bakken crude oil could be present at spills occurring from rail car derailments and pipeline breaks throughout California.

Click the Information Bulletin (updated 2/27/2014) for more information.

California Fire Service partners coming together for a Safety Stand Down for July 3, 2014.

We take this opportunity to review the basic wildland fire safety principles that help protect California's firefighters....   Click Here for more information.

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Launches Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Online Training

UL FSRI is proud to announce the release of "Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes" - an online course that serves as a culmination of the work performed under the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. Click here for more information.

New Portable Fire Extinguisher Regulations

New portable fire extinguisher regulations took effect on October 1, 2013. Click Here for more information.

Fire Protection Research Foundation unveils report on fire safety challenges of tall wood buildings

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) recently released a report titled, "Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings." One of the objectives of the research program is to investigate these claims.

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High-Rise Task Force Final Report

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NIST Report on Highrise Firefighting

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*The Report on Residential Fireground Field Experiments [NIST Technical Note 1661] can be downloaded at:

Underwriter's Laboratory releases free training materials - "Effectiveness of Fire Service Ventilation and Suppression Training"

YOU have the opportunity to use interactive models to develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of ventilation and water application on fire dynamics. Instructors are provided links to related research material to aid in tailoring the research results to specific fire service operations. More Info...

CPSC Recalls Ryobi Cordless Tool Battery Pack

In cooperation with the CPSC, One World Technologies has recalled their Ryobi Lithium 18 V 4Ah battery packs. The battery pack can overheat and burst while on a charger, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The recalled battery pack has been confirmed as UL/cUL Recognized.

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CPSC Recalls Jerdon Style One-Cup Coffeemakers

In cooperation with the CPSC, Jerdon Style LLC has recalled their one-cup coffeemakers. According to the recall, the coffeemaker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Jerdon Style notified UL regarding the upcoming recall via email on February 18, 2013. PIR 2013FR-269 was opened to address the recall. The link to the recall is below.

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Station Nightclub Fire Documentary Web Series

February 20, 2013 will mark 10 years since the tragic Station Nightclub fire. That fire killed 100 people and injured many more in both physically and mentally. The information below provides a reminder of this incident and how we must continue to press forward so that tragedies like this are not repeated.

Weekly episodes will begin on February 20, the ten year anniversary of the Station fire. They will be available for viewing free of charge, sponsored by Tyco International and can be viewed on the official website

This project is based in part on FROM THE ASHES, a book co-authored by Paul Lonardo and Gina Russo, a Station fire survivor and current president of the Station Memorial Foundation

US EPA Distributes Emergency Response Guides for Soil Fumigants


Fire Equipment Servicing Fraud Prevention Presentation

As you are aware that many towns, cities and counties have seen an increase in fire equipment servicing related fraud. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has concern regarding this issue and would like to provide a presentation that explains the processes needed to combat these types of fraud. The cooperative efforts of fire and law enforcement agencies in southern California are an example of success to stop these activities. With an understanding of the law that governs the role of the OSFM and the California Contractors Licensing Board, together we can reduce fire equipment servicing fraud activities.

Click here to view and download the presentation.

Basement Fire Online Training Program

Underwriter's Laboratory announces the release of UL's latest firefighter safety research project on Basement Fires. This is two years of conducting numerous experiments to examine basement fire collapse hazards and fire dynamics to bring some more science to the streets. This is packaged as an online interactive training program accessible for free from UL fire service outreach website. The research takes into account tactical considerations suggested from the UL series of experiments to try to make firefighters smarter and safer.

For more information click here.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) conference held in the spring, WUI brings together, federal, state and local wildland fire personal to address the toughest challenges facing the wildland firefighting community. Learn from the experts as they cover operational best practices, suppression strategies, high-hazard operations, procedures for preparedness and response and improving community planning projects. NWCG and NIMS certification available.
Click here for the complete schedule and to register.

Smoke Alarm Placement

In an effort to reduce home fire fatalities, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today introduces an online toolkit, Smart Choices for Smoke Alarm Placement.

For more information click here.

Fireworks Information

Click here to view The Safe and Sane Fireworks Book and other useful information regarding fireworks enforcement.

National Burn Prevention Week, February 5 – 11, 2012
CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal is partnering with California Safe Kids to remind Californians that the week of February 7 – 14 is National Burn Prevention Week.
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National Preparedness Month - The National Preparedness Month sponsored by FEMA is designed at working to ensure our communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds. Sign up at to be part of this national movement. The site is loaded with preparedness information to help you get your community prepared.

October is fire prevention month and the week of October 9 – 15 is Fire Prevention Week. According to the National Archives, Fire Prevention Week (which was established in 1922) is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. This year’s theme is Protect Your Family From Fire. To prepare for this year’s recognition, go to for more information and tools.

National Campus Fire Safety Month - Now in its seventh year, Campus Fire Safety Month is a grass-roots effort to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety with a focus on college campuses. To find out more go to

Safe Home Heating

Home fires often occur during the cold winter due to dangerous heating equipment or unsafe practices. Here are some important safety tips to help keep your home safe and warm this winter. More...

Safe Home Heating Video.


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