NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE FIRE MARSHALS

A Strong United Voice for Fire Prevention



NASFM 2019 Annual Conference



Mark your calendars for the 2019 NASFM Annual Conference! The Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware State Fire Marshals will be co-hosting the conference in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland July 22nd through July 25th, 2019. The conference site is the Westin Annapolis, located near downtown's top attractions including the United State Naval Academy, historic inns, restaurants, and cobblestone streets, and the magnificent Maryland State House. More information, along with conference registration information can be found on our conference webpage.

The first three days of the conference will feature speakers and presentations covering a variety of topics relative to fire prevention, safety, and security. We will host a State Fire Marshals Only Breakfast all four mornings. These breakfasts are for the State Fire Marshals only. Make plans to attend our Monday Night Event, a dinner cruise aboard the Catherine Marie Yacht!  The Conference Educational Agenda is sure to provide new insights and best practices for all attendees.

We will also once again feature a dedicated Vendor Exhibit and Reception on Tuesday afternoon and evening with opportunities for attendees to learn first-hand of the latest technology and trends. The Exhibitor Guide and Sponsorship Guide provide more details on available opportunities. Interested vendors need to download, complete, and return the Exhibitor Agreement Form before registering for booth space. We are limited to 43 booths this year so don't miss out!

If you are wondering whether sponsoring or exhibiting is worth it, check out what Chris Roberts, President of GHS Companies and Brands had to say about their continued participation. 

“Saving lives and property is a noble mission shared by NASFM and many in the private sector. Like most companies, we spend money on booths for show after show to share our products with decision makers. We spend thousands of dollars, numerous travel days and we answer hundreds of questions to only meet a few influential decision makers. Nowhere else can we match the NASFM Conference opportunity to meet so many heads of state in one location. It’s virtually impossible to coordinate schedules to meet each State Fire Marshal in their state. Yet, for one week’s time and expense, we gain exposure to 30-40 under one roof.  While the exhibit time seems limited, we feel it’s perfect! When you’re seeking an audience with a specific few decision makers, there’s no reason to wade through hours and hours of sitting in a booth. In addition, the meetings after the meetings are invaluable at NASFM Conferences. The social events and receptions allow relationships to grow. As for our company, we can confidently say the synergy we’ve developed has helped us save lives and property. Which, after all, is the goal we all have.”


Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety. This campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.

To learn more or to participate in the weekly themes and activities, please visit the ICC Building Safety Month webpage!

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 2019 NASFM Annual Conference will be held at the Westin Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland July 22nd - 25th.
  • 2017 Life Safety Achievement Awards Recipients have been announced.  View the winners here.
  • New Principal Members:

    Alaska: Richard Boothby, State Fire Marshal

    Wisconsin: Lisa Wilson, State Fire Marshal

    Georgia: Jeff Hogan, State Fire Marshal

    Nebraska: Chris Cantrell, State Fire Marshal

    New Jersey: Richard Mikutsky, State Fire Marshal

    Pennsylvania: Bruce Trego, State Fire Marshal

    New Hampshire: Paul Parisi, State Fire Marshal

Upcoming Events

May 30, 2019 - Construction Site Fire Safety Training Program - Washington State Fire Marshal's Office

June 14, 2019 - Construction Site Fire Safety Training Program - Connecticut Office of Education and Data Management

June 17, 2019 - Construction Site Fire Safety Training Program - Maryland Sate Fire Marshals Office / Maryland State Firemen's Association Conference

June 25, 2019 - Construction Site Fire Safety Training Program - Georgia Fire Inspectors Association / Georgia State Fire Marshals Office


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

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