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Working Group of Flammability Standards for Building Isulation Materials Final Report

Hoverboard Fire Safety

This year, self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards, are undoubtedly on many wish lists. Currently these popular devices do not have a safety listing that regulates their manufacturing for fire safety. With recent media coverage involving hoverboard injuries and fires, the Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to take this opportunity to provide important safety tips for their use, care, and maintenance. Click here

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Working Group of Flammability Standards for Building Isulation Materials Final Report

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 .

Next Generation of Building and Fire Safety Codes will be Decided Through Online Voting

Seized Fireworks Updated Instructions

State law requires the SFM to dispose of any fireworks that have been seized by local jurisdictions with the exception of “Safe and Sane” which are legal in California.  Within three days of the seizure, the local agency is required to notify the SFM of the quantity, type, location of the fireworks, and the reason for the seizure.  State law also requires the SFM to dispose of “Dangerous Fireworks” defined as those fireworks that travel through the air or on the ground, explode, or are made of specific prohibited chemical compositions or exceed the permissible weights of chemical compositions and are not classified as “Safe and Sane.” Click here for updated instructions on seized fireworks.

Next Generation of Building and Fire Safety Codes will be Decided Through Online Voting

AES Certification WorkGroup

Working to create a program that improves the quality of water-based fire protection systems by providing a means to register persons who install, modify or add accessories to such systems.  This will ensure consistency and quality assurance to protect citizens of California. Click here for more information.

Next Generation of Building and Fire Safety Codes will be Decided Through Online Voting

Next Generation of Building and Fire Safety Codes will be Decided Through Online Voting

Get involved!  The next generation of building and fire safety codes will be decided through online voting. The International Code Council’s new cdpACCESS empowers you to vote on these codes, even if you can’t attend the code meetings.  Click here to make sure your code voice is heard.  Don’t forget that ICC Final Public Comment Hearings (Group A) are coming to Long Beach, California from September 30 – October 7, 2015.

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Fire Classification For Roof Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Panels/Modules [Systems]

On April 23, 2014, the California Building Standards Commission filed with the Secretary of State an emergency rulemaking change on behalf of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. This emergency rulemaking delayed the effective date for certain fire classification requirements for roof mounted photovoltaic panels/modules [systems] contained in California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 2, known as the 2013 California Building Code (CBC) and Part 2.5, the California Residential Code (CRC). The following Information Bulletins have been developed relating to this action:

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Firefighter Fatality Map Released

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Safety Research has released a new website entitled Fire Fighter Fatality Map. Developed to increase awareness of fire fighter deaths and to provide quick access to up-to-date fire fighter fatality information...   Click Here for more information.

California Pipelines

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.

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NFPA releases 2014 U.S. Firefighter Injuries Report - More than 63,000 injuries occurred in the line of duty

The report highlights data on injuries sustained by firefighters on duty. The statistics were collected from fire departments responding to the 2014 NFPA survey for U.S. Fire Experience. Click here for more information.

Residential Sprinkler

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Offers New, Free Tools to Clear Up Confusion About Residential Sprinkler Water Supply and Usage.

Click here for more information.

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Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs)

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in cooperation with numerous state agencies and stakeholders across California, has created several resources to help achieve the goals of Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-16-2012, which directs state government to meet a series of milestones toward a long-term target of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roadways by 2025. Among these resources is the Zero-Emission Vehicles in California: Community Readiness Guidebook. More...


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