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May June 2013 issue of NFPA Journal
May / June 2013 A preview of the NFPA Conference & Expo

Special report: The 40th anniversary of America Burning; NIST's study on firefighter crew size and high-rise fires replaces anecdote with solid data; Changes to the new editions of NFPA 25 and the NEC


Amping It Up

Changes to the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® will enhance the safety of home rooftop wiring, green power systems, and more.

Here, There, Everywhere

NFPA’s Conference + Expo education sessions emphasize the association’s expansive reach.

Routine Maintenance

A look at changes to the 2014 edition of NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

Work in Progress

On the 40th anniversary of its publication, a look at how America Burning helped transform fire and life safety in the U.S.

Drill Team

How do the Chicago Fire Department and the management of the Willis Tower protect the country’s tallest building?

Working Together

Can NFPA and OSHA work to avoid confusion between two different sets of criteria for labeling hazards?

Code Process 2.0

The days of the ROP and ROC are over. NFPA’s new standards-development process is simpler, faster, and easier to use.


First Word

No time for indifference.


The Pentagon’s fire marshal talks about transforming the building into a code compliant structure following 9/11.


In A Flash

A new study correlates firefighter crew size and rescue times in high-rise buildings.


Hoarding contributes to death of two.

Looking Back

Chicago’s LaSalle Hotel Fire



Why some technical problems require a different approach to research.

Structural Ops

More resources are better than fewer, but how many are enough?


Planning a fire alarm installation through to the acceptance test helps finish the job on time.

Electrical Safety

Designers must consider natural disasters when locating emergency power supplies.

Heads Up

Help with understanding the requirements for protecting sprinkler systems from earthquakes.

In Compliance

Why hazardous areas need to be defined before they can be protected.


NFPA has come up with five important fire safety messages for preschoolers.

Wildfire Watch

Why planning for future development needs to account for wildfire risk.