2014 NEC
NFPA Journal Cover - November/ December 2013
November/December 2013

For this issue’s “suppression and detection” focus, we look at the review process currently underway for NFPA 25 and at some of the new provisions in NFPA 72 that address the use of Ethernets and other computer networks to carry fire alarm signals. The issue also includes excerpted versions of the 2012 firefighter injury and large-loss fires reports, as well as a timely commentary on the U.S. wildfire problem by NFPA President Jim Shannon.


Cover Story: Closer Look

A new NFPA effort is addressing a variety of questions related to the scope and adequacy of NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.

Making the Connection

A look at proposed changes to NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, that address the reliability of computer networks to carry fire alarm system communications.

U.S. Firefighter Injuries in 2012

Last year there were 69,400 firefighter injuries in the United States, the lowest number since NFPA began analyzing that annual data in 1981.

Large-Loss Fires in the U.S. in 2012

In 2012, 10 fires resulted in more than $20 million in property damage, and two of the three costliest were wildland events, led by Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire.

2012 Firefighter Injury Narratives

A selection of incidents from the full U.S. Firefighter Injuries in 2012 Report.

2012 Large Loss Fires by Property Type

A complete list of large-loss fires, which are listed in descending order of loss amount in each category.


First Word

Why we need a coordinated, long-term approach to wildfire.


Geologist Susan Kieffer talks about the common denominators of disasters.


In A Flash

News from NFPA and beyond.


From our files: Fire incidents from around the U.S.

Looking Back

The 1923 Kanto earthquake was the deadliest in Japan’s history.



How fire safety systems can introduce changes into an environment that may not be welcome.

Structural Ops

In their final column, Russ Sanders and Ben Klaene talk about the value of NFPA codes for the fire service.


Before you address specific types of detection, you need to know what you want it to accomplish.

Electrical Safety

The new NEC® increases receptacle requirements for hospitals.

Heads Up

When — and how — should you run sprinkler piping under a building?

In Compliance

Why all building egress routes are primary egress routes.


An unintended consequence of the farm bill could reverse the downward trend in cigarette-related fire deaths.

Wildfire Watch

Fire Adapted Communities have made a lot of progress in a short time.