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January/February 2017 Health Care Occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal delves into America’s opiate crisis and how the fire service has responded to the challenge. Plus: An oral history retrospective on NFPA 1500 on its 30th anniversary; Oakland’s tragic Ghost Ship fire; the emerging potential threat of hyperbaric chambers, and more.

FEATURES

Opiates

The nation’s fire service is confronting a public health emergency. As opiate-related deaths rise, some are asking if there is a better way of addressing the problem.

NFPA 99

What heath care providers, facility designers, and enforcers need to know about the risk-based approach to NFPA 99.

Hyperbaric chambers

Oxygen-rich hyperbaric chambers are touted for their healing powers, but as potential fire hazards they are also potentially deadly.

NFPA 1500

Thirty years after crafting NFPA 1500, the fire service’s first standard for health and safety, the architects reflect how far their profession has come.

In Compliance

NFPA 72

On smoke detectors and door release requirements for smoke barriers.

NFPA 101

Classroom door locks need to let children out and keep intruders at bay.

NFPA 70

Why grounding and bonding appliances is critical for ensuring safety.

NFPA 13

Matching sprinkler system demands with water supply is key.

Columns

Outreach

Students studying abroad need to know the fire safety situation of their host country.

International

Helping Latin America’s volunteer fire service fulfill its lifesaving mission.

Washington D.C.

Innovative pairing: A new effort to match technology startups to fire service needs.

Research

Eliminating a greenhouse gas threat means dealing with potentially hazardous alternatives.

First Responder

The fire service is more engaged than ever before in addressing its biggest killer.

Wildfire

Solving the global wildfire problem means learning about local needs.

P.O.V.

First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley reflects on a transformative year at NFPA.

Perspectives

The challenge of protecting hospitals from violence and what’s being done to prepare.

News + Analysis

Dispatches

NFPA responds to Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire; results of the latest fire service needs assessment; and more.

Firewatch

Fire Incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The Hartford Hospital Fire of 1961.