What to know about the new US rules on firefighting equipment
What to do when you’re at the brink of disaster: what to bring and when not to bring it: there are a whole host of safety equipment items that are essential for fighting fires.
And with the introduction of US federal rules that will be applied nationwide starting January 1, 2016, you might want to consider them.
Read moreWhat to dowhen you’re the most at riskThe US firefighting industry, which has been struggling for years, has finally had its act together.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a draft Fire Hazard Management (HMI) standard, known as the Emergency Preparedness Act, which lays out specific requirements for certain types of firefighting gear.
It’s important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, and that there is no specific list for each type of fire-fighting equipment, but rather a broad outline of the gear you should consider.
Read moreThe new rules will also make firefighting more affordable.
They’re expected to cost around $50 per person per day per fire, with some equipment being sold for $10 to $20.
The NFPA has also proposed to make it cheaper to install fire suppression systems in homes, which will save a family a lot of money in the long run.
But the biggest news is that the firefighting rules include mandatory training.
If you’re in the US, this means you’ll need to take at least one mandatory fire safety course, in addition to one firefighting course for every year you live in the country.
The training will be in a mandatory format and will take place in a firefighting station or an approved training facility, and you will be required to wear a firefighter’s uniform.
There is also a requirement that all participants will wear a fire safety vest.
This training is meant to help you understand how firefighting is performed and to make sure that you’re prepared for a fire in a variety of scenarios.
The training will include simulations of fires and simulated actions to help prepare you to deal with the threat.
Read MoreThe NFPA is also pushing ahead with the requirements for a comprehensive firefighting plan, and it has put together a draft of the plan, which is supposed to be ready in March.
The plan is meant for all fire-related deaths and injuries, including those related to heart attacks and respiratory problems.
The NFSA says the plan will be available to the public at no cost to individuals and organizations.
But you can be sure that some of the basic provisions will be expensive.
“Firefighters will be charged for their equipment, and they will be allowed to charge for a training course, a safety vest, and the use of fire extinguishers,” says the NFPA.
The rules will go into effect from January 1.