A Strong United Voice for Fire Prevention

31st Annual Fire Prevention & Safety Symposium

Registration is Now Open!

September 14th-16th, 2021

Stowe, Vermont

NASFM is excited to announce we will be hosting the 31st Annual Fire Prevention & Safety Symposium (Formerly the NASFM Annual Conference) September 14th through 16th at the Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center in Stowe, Vermont. “We made the decision to move the Symposium from our usual July dates” said NASFM Executive Director Jim Narva, “so we can ensure the best opportunity for a safe and productive educational environment.” The Symposium will present essential educational opportunities for the Marshals as they adapt their response and recovery operations in the ever changing Covid-19 environment.

Registration is now open! Check out the 31st Annual NASFM Fire Prevention & Safety Symposium page for more information. Meanwhile, please contact us if you have questions.

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

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 2021 NASFM Annual Conference will be held at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont September 14th - 16th.
  • New Principal Members:
Mariana Ruiz-Temple - Oregon State Fire Marshal
  • Facing the Flames Workshops - January 2020 - Dates TBA

Upcoming Events

NDRN invites P&A agencies and fire service representatives to collaborate on effective strategies that protect the lives and rights of people with disabilities.

Developed in conjunction with the National Association of State Fire Marshals, this initiative has offered 8 out of 10 regional workshops in person throughout the US with the last 2 sessions now slated to take place virtually. 

Each interactive session has successfully brought together first responders and P&A representatives to collectively pursue pathways for protecting the rights and lives of people with disabilities. Our theme is Facing Flames: Reimagining How We Prepare for, Respond to and Recover from Fires, Disasters and other Emergencies.

Click here to register today for the final 2 sessions of this remarkable series!

Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota & Ohio   

Dates: January 13-14, 2021
Times: 9:00-12:00pm CST 
Region 8: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah & Wyoming
Dates: January 27-28, 2021
Times: 9:00-12:00pm MT 

July 19-22 - 2021 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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