NFPA Journal exhibits lightweight construction as cover feature
June 30, 2009 —The latest issue of NFPA Journal, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), explores the issues surrounding lightweight construction in the face of fire.
Based on recent studies, the widespread use of lightweight construction in homes is a source of severe danger when it comes to withstanding fires. The otherwise highly effective strength of lightweight structures has proven to have a much faster failure rate than traditional lumber structures when burning, a grave concern for homes and first responders.
NFPA Journal’s July/August 2009 issue also includes the following features:
2008 Firefighter Fatalities Report
The annual compilation of firefighter losses suffered in the United States has revealed a repeat of last year’s numbers. NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division details the fatalities involving on-duty firefighters in 2008.
A View from the DHS
NFPA’s codes and standards are helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provide protection for people. An interview with Bert Coursey, the deputy director for the Test & Evaluation and Stan-dards Division of the Science & Technology Directorate of the DHS, explains how they’re always working to keep us safe.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s Web site at www.nfpa.org.
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