January / February 2009 NFPA 99 - Under The Knife

Upgrades to NFPA 99 - Health Care Facilities, the dangers of smoking and medical oxygen, and how to measure NFPA code compliance.

FEATURES

Code Compliance Measurement

How do you measure whether your fire prevention efforts are working? Here are eleven measurements that will tell you if your inspection programs are working.

Hartford Hospital Fire

December 8, 1961. An explosion and fire in a high-rise hospital threaten a ward filled with patients, many of them seriously ill. The result had a far-reaching impact on health care facility codes.

Managing the Helping Hands

The Hartford fire prompted important changes in how hospitals handle emergency communications.

National Statistics on Home Burns and Fires Associated with Medical Oxygen Use

National statistics on home burns and fires associated with medical oxygen use.

NFPA 99 Under The Knife

In the 25 years since NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities, was adopted, sweeping changes have reshaped the delivery of health care in this country. To keep up, NFPA 99 itself is being reinvented.

Show Preview NFPA Conference and Expo

This time we’re in Chi-town. This summer, join the world’s leading experts in fire, life, and electrical safety to discuss codes and standards development and cutting-edge fire protection.

Testing The Plastic

Are all composite intermediate bulk carriers created equal? A study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation says no. What does that mean for you?

In Transit: CIBC guidelines and regulations that may apply

In Transit: CIBC guidelines and regulations that may apply.

Where Theres Smoke

Fires that occur when smoking is mixed with home medical oxygen use can be deadly. How do we reduce the risk while still protecting patient privacy?

P.O.V.

First Word

Fire Safety and the Future

News+Analysis

In A Flash

NFPA's message for President-Elect Obama

Firewatch

Fire destroys theater costumes.

Looking Back

NFPA enlists the help of a cartoon for Fire Prevention Week 1953

THE EXPERTS

The 70E Connection

The importance of fine print notes.

Research

Key issues for next-gen automatic sprinklers.

Structural Ops

Estimating structural stability.

Buzzwords

Common sense is your most important tool.

Heads Up

Going green with sprinklers.

In Compliance

Fire safety for mezzanines.

Outreach

Safely keeping warm with heating-resource kits