September / October 2012 Confined + Endangered

Lessons learned from the Comayagua, Honduras prison fire; The costliest wildfire in Colorado history; 2011 Fire Loss in the United States report; and the Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2011.

FEATURES

After Waldo Canyon

What the recent Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado can teach us about pre-fire mitigation, and how those lessons can be used by the 70,000 communities nationwide that face the threat of wildfire

Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2011

Last year, 23 catastrophic multiple-death fires resulted in 114 fire deaths, including 16 children under age six. An unusually high proportion of fires began with explosions.

Fire Loss in the United States During 2011

Last year, U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 1.4 million fires, 4.4 percent more than the year before.

Lessons of Comayagua

A detailed look at the Comayagua fire and how NFPA codes and standards can be used to improve fire safety in prisons and other occupancies throughout Latin America.

P.O.V.

First Word

The Wildfire Imperative

Perspectives

Philip Stittleburg, the new chair of NFPA’s Board of Directors, on the association’s goals, the volunteer fire service, and more.

News+Analysis

In A Flash

Newcomers fuel a debate on sprinklering animal housing facilities, and end up getting a crash course in NFPA and its code development process.

Firewatch

Hot coals start multimillion-dollar fire.

Looking Back

A 20-year look at the Woburn Nursing Center fire.

THE EXPERTS

Research

How advances in firefighter safety can affect the overall fire problem.

Structural Ops

How to approach a basement fire.

Buzzwords

How NFPA 72 and NFPA 101 work together to protect schools.

Electrical Safety

New information on requirements for accessible design in the NEC.

Heads Up

Sprinker protection for one type of storage may not work for others.

In Compliance

Controlling combustible decorations is an important part of fire safety.

Outreach

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is "Have 2 Ways Out."

Wildfire Watch

Simple questions, difficult answers, and why wildfire mitigation works.