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Sounding the Alarm on Code Compliance Costs

Most multifamily owners are familiar with reserve requirements for items such as fire alarms and alarm replacement. Yet those owners may be surprised to learn that complying with the latest fire code changes can jeopardize...more

San Bernardino County: Hey drone operators, if you fly, we can’t

This week the San Bernardino County issued a warning to drone operators: If you fly, we can’t. Just this year, several fire-fighting tanks have been diverted away from their targets in San Bernardino County due to the...more

IN Detail [In the Know]

IN numbers - 82 billion The expected amount, in U.S. dollars, generated for the U.S. economy by the first operational rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, known as Part 107. (Source:...more

New CMS Final Fire Safety Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its fire safety regulations governing certain Medicare and Medicaid participating health care providers. These include hospitals, critical access hospitals...more

When Truck Accidents Cause Fires

What happens when a large truck or big rig crashes and starts a fire, injuring innocent victims? Who is responsible for the damage caused? After the recent raging fire in Calabasas, where residents were forced to evacuate...more

CMS Finalizes Updated Fire Safety Standards for Health Care Facilities

On May 4, 2016, CMS is publishing a final rule amending fire safety standards applicable to the following types of Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities: hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term...more

Bills To Update Fire Safety Code Requirements For Assisted Living Facilities Pending In Florida Legislature

The Florida Assisted Living Facilities Act requires the State Fire Marshall to use the 1994 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code to establish and enforce uniform fire safety standards...more

February 9, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 9, 1909, Pasquale Nigro was issued U.S. Patent No. 912,152 on a fire escape....more

California Department of Insurance Orders California Fair Plan To Make Coverage Changes

On January 20, 2016, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) issued an Order to the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan Association to expand the coverages offered under its residential property...more

Criminal negligence conviction for landlord who disregarded Fire Code violations, deceived fire inspector

An appeal court has upheld the conviction of a landlord for criminal negligence causing death after numerous Fire Code violations led to a tenant’s death.  The case demonstrates that violations of duties under provincial...more

New Laws of 2016: New Contract Procedures

This article leads off a three week e-News series focusing on new laws that will impact special districts in 2016. Senate Bill 239 (Hertzberg), which establishes new procedures for contract approvals, begins the...more

Outcry for Mandating Sprinklers in New Homes Not Coming from the Public

There’s nothing preventing anyone who owns, or is buying, a home from installing a sprinkler system to stop a fire in his castle. Have you ever known anyone who did that?...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) August 28, 2015

The August 28, 2015 LEAN Email Blast contains information on the final rule regarding fire safety equipment, the new delegated underwriter approval process, the Green Lane, and the mortgage termination process, among other...more

You Really Need to be Keeping Up With Developments With the NFPA Combustible Dust Standards

My friend and outstanding combustible dust (and more) expert Tim Myers of Exponent shared the following: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is set to publish the first edition of NFPA 652 Standard on...more

Fire Safety Requirements for Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities: How CMS Is Interpreting Occupancy Classifications and...

On April 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule amending the fire safety standards for hospitals and other types of health care facilities. Compliance with the fire safety...more

Where's The Fire? Coast Guard Issues Litany Of Proposed Regulations Regarding Fire Protection Systems

In a 106-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued Monday, January 13, 2014, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has undertaken a wide-ranging overhaul of the standards for fire protection, detection and extinguishment...more

First Circuit Addresses “Insured Location” Exclusion in Homeowner’s Policy

In its recent decision in Vermont Mut. Ins. Co. v. Zamsky, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 20569 (1st Cir. Oct. 9, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, applying Massachusetts law, had occasion to consider...more

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