NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE FIRE MARSHALS

A Strong United Voice for Fire Prevention



2020 NASFM Annual Conference Registration is Now Open

Dear NASFM Annual Conference Attendees:

People worldwide are facing concerns about the COVID-19 epidemic.

We’d like you to know that the NASFM leadership is carefully monitoring the status of COVID-19 in preparation for the NASFM Annual Conference July 27-29 in Stowe, VT at the Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center.  The health and safety of our members, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, partners, and other event attendees is our absolute and utmost priority.

We remain watchfully optimistic that the NASFM Annual Conference will go forward. Based on all available guidance as of March 16, the conference is still scheduled to occur in late July.

Any changes to this plan will be made based on available evidence and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Vermont Department of Health, and other health authorities.

The NASFM Annual Conference is over 4 months away and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Should anything change in our conference planning, we will promptly notify you. We understand that the uncertainty is difficult and thank you for your understanding and patience as we thoroughly assess what is in the best interest of all our constituents.

For those who have already registered for the Annual Conference, and for those still planning to register, please do not alter your plans at this time. If future developments challenge us with a difficult but necessary decision to cancel the NASFM Annual Conference, all registration fees will be refunded in full.

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach Jim Narva, NASFM Executive Director, by phone at 202-470-4258 or by email at jnarva@narvaassociates.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Stowe!

 

Best regards,

 

Jim Narva, NASFM Executive Director


Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

Claiming 400 Lives Annually, the NASFM is Leading Efforts to Raise Awareness of the “Invisible Killer”: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a proven dangerous threat, claiming approximately 450 lives annually, with another 21,000 Americans sent to emergency rooms due to unintentional poisonings, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), along with Safe Kids, has established the Awareness Week and is leading the charge to bring increased awareness to this “Invisible Killer.” Per the CDC, CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America, and because CO is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas, many people are initially unaware they are even being poisoned. 

“It’s important we all pay close attention to the potentially fatal effects of CO poisoning,” said NASFM President and Florida Director of the Division of State Fire Marshals, Julius Halas. “especially as we all begin to use home heating devices as colder weather approaches.”


CO is produced anytime a fuel is burned. Potential sources of CO include gas or oil furnaces, water heaters, space heaters, clothes dryers, barbecue grills, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, gas ovens, generators, and car exhaust fumes. CO bonds to hemoglobin in red blood cells and prevents oxygen from reaching vital organs, such as the brain and heart, causing dizziness, headache, and other flu-like symptoms. At high concentration levels, CO can cause loss of consciousness and even death, and people who are sleeping or intoxicated are more susceptible to succumbing to CO poisoning.

“Winter can be a deadly time when it comes to CO poisoning, so it’s important to take steps now to protect your family,” Browning said. “During the winter months, we are all more likely to use fireplaces, propane heaters and furnaces to help heat our homes.”

If not properly ventilated and maintained, NASFM reminds you fuel-burning appliances can emit deadly levels of CO. Additionally, idling your vehicle or running a gas-powered generator in an attached garage can also lead to increased levels of CO, which allow fumes to seep into your home through doors or floorboards.  “The only safe way to detect CO is with a properly functioning and maintained CO alarm,” added Browning. 

Distinguished fire safety experts, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommend installing a CO alarm on every level of the home and near sleeping areas. Other safety tips include:

  • Having furnaces and all gas-powered devices inspected and maintained annually
  • If the CO alarm sounds, leave the house immediately. Call 911 or the fire department after you are in a safe location with fresh air. Remain outside or by an open window until emergency personnel arrive. 
  • Test your CO alarm monthly and replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If you do need to turn on your vehicle to warm it up, make sure to take it out of the garage to do so. Even if the garage door is open, don’t leave it sitting in the garage while the engine’s running.
  • Check the vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace outside of your home to make sure they’re clear of any snow, leaves or other debris.
  • Never use a generator indoors, and always ensure exhaust from the generator when used outside is not directed toward a door or window.

For more information about National CO Awareness Week, including tips and best practices on how to protect you and your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, visit www.carbonmonoxidefacts.com.

New Mailing Address

Please note our new mailing address and forward all future correspondence to this address.  Thank you!

National Association of State Fire Marshals
P.O. Box 948238
Maitland, FL 32794

News from NASFM

  • The 2020 NASFM Annual Conference will be held at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont July 27th - 29th.
  • Principal Members:

    Arizona: Cassie Peters, State Fire Marshal

    New Mexico: John Kondratick, Interim State Fire Marshal

    Alaska: Richard Boothby, State Fire Marshal

    Wisconsin: Lisa Wilson, State Fire Marshal

Upcoming Events

May 7, 2020 - Region 5 NDRN Fire Safety Workshop; Chicago, IL

May 19, 2020 - Region 8 NDRN Fire Safety Workshop; Cheyenne, WY

July 27-29 - 2020 NASFM Annual Conference; Stowe, Vermont


National Association of State Fire Marshals
PO Box 948238
Maitland, FL  32794
Phone: 202.737.1226

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