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A Reporter's Guide to Fire and the NFPA

NFPA is the authority on fire, electrical, and building safety.

Fires and other safety issues generate tremendous media attention. The following information is intended to provide you with background material to help you cover fires and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In addition, NFPA’s Press Room provides a full range of other material that may be of interest as well as a number of story ideas on some of the most common and timely topics. For more information, or to download any password-protected content, contact NFPA's Public Affairs office:

phone: +1 617 984-7275     
fax: +1 617 770-0200
mail: 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA, USA  02169-7471

In This Section
  • About codes and standards Developing more than 300 codes and standards for use around the world remains one of NFPA's most important functions.
  • All about fire The fire triangle, how fire spreads, special circumstances, classifying fire, and more.
  • The consequences of fire The killing fumes, arson, home fires, the U.S. fire problem, and more.
  • Glossary Learn the lingo - an alphabetical listing of fire-related terms.
  • Key fire safety tips Tips to include in your articles about fire.