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The National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM) provides consensus products for specifications, procedures, and terminology for metal bar grating, expanded metal, hollow metal doors and frames, metal flagpoles, metal stairs and railings, and metal lathing and furring.   As an ANSI accredited standards developer it provides public commenting opportunities on its consensus products; linked below:

NAAMM Standards Home Page

We encourage our colleagues to communicate directly with the standards staff at NAAAM: Vernon (Wes) Lewis, 123 College Place #1101, Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 489-0787, wlewis7@cox.net.  At the moment we find no public commenting opportunities but on selected holidays we revisit its flagpole standard.  Keep in mind that this document has a scope that is limited to the product and its appropriate application and maintenance only:

NAAMM Flagpole Specification

The University of Michigan Central Campus flagpole was re-located from the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition


The Atlantic: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Flag Pole Design



“Royal Fireworks 1749” | CLICK ON IMAGE



Simon Werrett | University College London

Fireworks are synonymous with celebration in the twenty-first century. But pyrotechnics—in the form of rockets, crackers, wheels, and bombs—have exploded in sparks and noise to delight audiences in Europe ever since the Renaissance. Here, Simon Werrett shows that, far from being only a means of entertainment, fireworks helped foster advances in natural philosophy, chemistry, mathematics, and many other branches of the sciences.

Fireworks brings to vibrant life the many artful practices of pyrotechnicians, as well as the elegant compositions of the architects, poets, painters, and musicians they inspired. At the same time, it uncovers the dynamic relationships that developed between the many artists and scientists who produced pyrotechnics. In so doing, the book demonstrates the critical role that pyrotechnics played in the development of physics, astronomy, chemistry and physiology, meteorology, and electrical science. Richly illustrated and drawing on a wide range of new sources, Fireworks takes readers back to a world where pyrotechnics were both divine and magical and reveals for the first time their vital contribution to the modernization of European ideas.




Code for Fireworks Display

“Fireworks over Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome” | Jacob Philipp Hackert (1775)

At least twice a year, and during performances with flame effects, public safety departments in colleges and universities have an elevated concern about campus citizen safety, and the safety of the host community, when fireworks are used for celebration.  We find very rigorous prohibitions against the use of fireworks, weapons and explosives on campus.  Education and enforcement usually falls on facility and operation campus safety units.

That much said, we follow development, but do not advocate in NFPA 1123 Code for Fireworks Display, because it lies among a grouping of consensus products that set the standard of care for many college and university public safety departments that sometimes need to craft prohibitions with consideration for the business purposes of entertainment and celebration in education facilities.   NFPA 1123 is not a long document — only 22 pages of core text — but it contains a few basic considerations for display site selection, clearances and permitting that campus public safety departments will coordinate with the host community.  It references NFPA 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience and NFPA 160 Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience.

Something to keep an eye on.  The home page for this code is linked below; where the scope is given more granularity and where you may also key in your own comments.

NFPA 1123 Code for Fireworks Display

Technical committees writing the first draft of the 2021 have already met and will soon be balloted.  The First Draft of the 2021 revision will be released in February.  Comments on proposed revisions were due May 6, 2020.The Second Draft will be posted no later than January 20, 2021.   Public comment will be due February 17, 2021  

Issue: [16-134]

Category: Public Safety

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben




Marina & Boatyard Electrical Safety

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LBI Z39.78-2000 (R201x), Library Binding pins

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