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Is Your Jurisdiction Ready for Fourth of July Fireworks Permits?

New North Carolina Laws in Effect February, 2010

What You Need to Know Right Now!

July 4th fireworks are just around the corner and many jurisdictions have special events between now and then that may involve pyrotechnics. As a result of last year’s tragic event in NC with a fireworks display, the 2009 legislature enacted requirements (NCGS 14-410) that anyone who discharges or operates outdoor pyrotechnics or proximate (indoor) pyrotechnics must attend a training course and earn a pyrotechnics operator permit from the Office of State Fire Marshal before conducting a display in NC. The last thing you need is to get to the day of the event and learn that there are new laws that affect your ability to issue a permit for the event and no time left for compliance.

It is important to note that these new laws work in conjunction with existing laws that involve additional requirements:
– Permits for use of Pyrotechnics can only be issued by a NC Certified Level III Fire Prevention Code Inspector.
– In addition to the permit for code compliance, the event must be approved in writing by the county commissioners or city board as detailed in NCGS 14-413.

For your convenience and preparation for pyrotechnic events in your jurisdiction, checklists has been provided on our website at: Go Here.

There is much more information concerning this safety program there if you are interested.

If you have questions, or if you have an emergency related to unpermitted operators, please contact Rob Roegner (rob.roegner@ncdoi.gov) at 919-661-5880 Ext. 249 or Natalie Pollard (natalie.pollard@ncdoi.gov) at 919-661-5880 Ext. 259.

Source: North Carolina Department of Insurance, to subscribe – Go Here!

Fire Sprinkler Legislation and Education

H.R. 1194: Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2009

As an old timer in the business, I am a firm believer in educating people to be able to make informed choices. I tend to resist using the heavy hand of government to force the issue. But the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act is not brute force, but an incentive. It changes the tax codes to change how sprinkler systems are defined as property for the purpose of depreciation. Those who know me will know that I am not a fan of the current unfair tax code. But it is the way things are for now. So as such I support this bill, H.R. 1194 and any companion bill the Senate may introduce.

But it is not going to be easy. This bill has been stuck in committee since February and not been presented for a vote. A similar bill has been presented at least 6 times before and all have died. Please contact your representative and indicate your support.

Additional information can be found here:

http://www.nfsa.org/fsia/fsiahome.html
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1194
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1194

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Fire Pit Safety During the Winter Season

This is a guest post by Karen Ho Fatt. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

Not everyone hunkers down and hibernates during the winter. In fact, with backyard fire pit usage growing in popularity, more and more people are enjoying crisp winter evenings outdoors, in the comfort of their patio paradise. Along with this trend is the need for an increased awareness of residential fire safety in addition to the common sense steps taken when having a wintertime fire. Let’s take a moment to review fire pit safety during the winter season.

As with any outdoor fire, whether at a campground or in your backyard, careful attention should be paid to the surrounding foliage. During autumn, dried leaves and plant material can accumulate around the fire pit, providing quick burning fuel for a stray ember to ignite. Clear any dead vegetation to at least 10 feet from around the fire pit. This way, if you burn soft woods to create that wonderful crackle we all love, the popping embers won’t have anything to start a fire with.

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