In this issue, NFPA Journal explores the mixed history of fire escapes, which double as safety features and deadly hazards. PLUS: St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s unique new mist suppression system; life safety in foreign U.S. embassies; fire loss and catastrophic fire reports, and more.
In this issue we profile Jim Shannon, NFPA's outgoing president, and look at his legacy as the "digital president." PLUS: animal technical rescue, new concerns around interior finishes, Levi's Stadium, and more.
In this issue we bring you complete coverage of the upcoming NFPA C+E in Las Vegas, from timely codes and standards topics to an A–Z listing of expo exhibitors.
In this issue we take a look at a new study on the importance of fire sprinklers in industrial occupancies, and the updates to NFPA 32, Dry Cleaning Plants. Our cover story examines the aftermath of a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer facility.
This health care-themed issue includes features on barrier separations in hospitals and other health care occupancies, and on a new book detailing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a New Orleans hospital. Our cover story examines the usefulness—and the potential pitfalls—of social media during large-scale emergencies.
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.
In addition to furniture flammability, we look at the role of the fire service in integrated responses to mass-casualty shootings. Plus, an interview on corrosion in dry-pipe sprinkler systems in cultural resource occupancies.
In addition to our cover story on MNS at Circuit of the Americas, we take a close look at the creation of a new guide for event safety. Plus, an update from the annual meeting in Chicago.
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
Why so much depends on NFPA-certified marine chemists; Duane Pearsall and his accidental smoke detector; 'Mommy's on fire. Call 911'
Health Care Facilities: Prepping for the Worst; 50 Years of Nursing Home Life Safety Improvements; Rebuilding a Hospital in Joplin, Missouri
Cocoanut Grove Coalition forms on the 70th anniversary of the imfamous club fire; an update of the fire and life safety risks associated with green buildings; and the 2011 Large-Loss Fires and Firefighter Injuries.
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.
Fire and life safety upgrades at Boston's Fenway Park; Integrating safety and historic preservation on the Statue of Libery; Emergency preparation at live events; 2011 firefighter fatalities.
The new Digital Edition of the NFPA Journal; 13 questions about sprinkler systems; A 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo preview; Updating fire fighter safety standards.
Hazard analysis: lithium-ion batteries and fire safety; detection in high-challenge warehouses; A conversation with U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell, Jr.
Fire dangers associated with "hoarding"; Preventing operating room fires; NFPA 418, Heliports; Common design, maintenance, and operational deficiencies of health care occupancies in the Life Safety Code.
Teaching homeowners, builders, firefighters, and community leaders how to prepare home to resist ignition from wildland fire; Scrutinizing the stay-and-defend or leave-early models; Environmental factors of wildfire
The making of NFPA 56(PS); U.S. firefighter injuries in 2010; 2010 large-loss fires; NFPA 13 and permissable spinkler omissions.
September 11 and NFPA codes/standards; Sparky the Fire Dog turns 60; Catastrophic multi-death fires in 2010 and the annual Fire Loss in the U.S. report.
Three approaches to fixed fire protection in large warehouses; Improving life safety in assembly occupancies; Unwanted fire alarms; and the 2010 Firefighter Fatality report.
Proposed changes to the Life Safety and Fire Codes; The "Great Boston Molasses Flood"; SCB and OSHA join NFPA to shape dust hazard safety codes; Walking Boston's fire trail.
The Triangle Fire, 100 Years Later; New study compares sprinklered vs. non-sprinklered homes; the effect of high-volume, low-speed fans on sprinkler performance.
Safety training for electric vehicles; Changes to NFPA 101; Kids and safety messaging; and a preview of the 2011 NFPA Conference + Expo.
Fire protection systems for the Capitol Visitor Center; NFPA's new Faces of Fire campaign; Firefighter injuries in 2009; Large-loss fires in 2009.
Emergency preparedness on college campuses; 2009 U.S. Fire Loss Report; Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2009; Interview with new NFPA Board of Directors chairman Tom Jaeger.
NFPA + disabilities; Designing smoke control at Dulles International Airport; 2009 Firefighter Fatality report; Crowd-control training programs.
Tour of the fire protection systems at CityCenter; Provisions to the NEC addressing renewable energy; Lessons learned from the Monte Carlo fire.
Safety at the Imperial Sugar refinery; Electic vehicle safety; The new NFPA 654; NFPA's new wildland fire head.
The Santika nightclub fire; NFPA 99 and wet work areas; NFPA codes and nursing homes; 2010 Conference preview.
Integrating residential fire sprinklers and local water supplies; NFPA codes and nuclear power; 2008 Firefighter Injury and Large-Loss Reports.
Vacant home fires; campus emergency communications; the latest on the new NFPA 72; the 2008 Catastrophic Multi-Death Fire Report.
Lightweight construction; the 2008 Firefighter Fatalities report; elevator evacuation; and how the DHS uses NFPA codes and stardards.
2009 World Safety Conference & Exposition: code updates, revisions to NFPA 72, education sessions, a preview of the Fermilab tour, and the creation of the Hazardous Material Code.
The case for home fire sprinklers, the firefighting challenges of mega storage occupancies, and the future of the U.S. fire service.
Upgrades to NFPA 99 - Health Care Facilities, the dangers of smoking and medical oxygen, and how to measure NFPA code compliance.
Dust explosions, Integrated Building Systems, the EQ recycling center fire, and reports on Large-Loss Fires and Firefighter Injuries for 2007.
The Lake View School Fire, 2008 U.S. Fire Loss Report, Campus Fire Safety, and how AFCI's can ehance home safety.
Life safety challenges with the new Airbus A380 passenger jet; Tunnel fire detection project; and the 2007 U.S. Firefighter Fatality Report.
2008 World Safety Conference & Exposition; Pushing the boundaries of fire protection at Las Vegas theatres; and the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino Fire.
Constructing the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics; NFPA statistics on sprinkler performance; Fire testing ethanol; and Hazmat responder training.
The TAM Airlines disaster in Brazil; An NFPA report carbon monoxide poisoning; Previewing the 2008 WSC&E.
Once a popular Boston nightspot, the Cocoanut Grove is forever etched in history as the city's worst nightmare.
2007 Fire Prevention Week; U.S. Multiple Fire Deaths for 2006; Updating NFPA 99, and an introduction to necplus.
The 2006 U.S. firefighter fatality report; Proposed changes to NFPA 2001; Rolf Jensen award; Texas refinery fire.
2007 World Safety Conference & Exposition; NEC code changes; Simplifying the accessibility myth, Mass notification; Nightclub safety for students
Crisis planning in the world's tallest tower; Safety challenges in convention centers; Problems with nuisance alarms; Proposed changes to NFPA 58.
Cruise ship fires; LNG safety; A preview of the 2007 World Safety Conference & Exposition; A profile of NFPA's new VP Chris Dubay.
NFPA's first electronic security standard; Large-loss fires for 2005; Firefighter injuries for 2005; The distinguished career of Art Cote.
Fire Prevention Week focuses on home cooking fires; NFPA reports on multiple-death fires in 2005; Establishing safety zones around LNG facilities
The 2005 U.S. firefighter fatality report; Reaching out to young mothers for a Risk Watch presentation; NFPA 75 - fire protection and business continuity; Hydrogen infrastructure safety.
A case study of the Buncefield oil depot blaze; What's new in NFPA 72; Enhancing life safety through mass notification; NFPA and fire-safe cigarettes; Amusement park security measures.
Proposed changes to NFPA 72; Retrofitting Warehouse ESFR Sprinkler Systems; The genesis of the Fire-Safe Cigarette Coalition.
NFPA 101® provides effective design requirements for improved health care environments, Updating NFPA 13, Case Study: Sprinkler Retrofits.
Large-loss fires for 2004; Firefighter injuries for 2004; Air France flight 358; High home heating fuel costs pose safety threat.
U.S. Multiple-Death Fires for 2004; 2004 U.S. Fire Loss; Will your building’s fire suppression system work in an emergency?; Candle safety is the focus of this year’s Fire Prevention Week
Sudden Cardiac Death, 1995-2004; New transit projects in Asia and New York City rely on NFPA 130; Welcoming Sprinklers into the Home; U.S. Firefighter Fatalities for 2004.
2005 WSCE, Fireworks Ban, NIST’s WTC Report, NIST’s Station Nightclub Report, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Directional Sound, Hydrogen Vehicular Fuel, Fire Safety for Immigrants, NFPA 1033 and 921.
Caracas High-Rise Fire, “Green” Buildings, Evacuating People with Disabilities, Proposed NFPA 5000 and 101 Changes, Workplace Electrical Safety, FedEx Plane Fire, Teterboro Airport Crash, Firefighter Health
Premises Security, Chicago High-Rise Ordinance, NFPA 1600, College Fire Protection, Sprinklers and Earthquakes, Dust Explosions, ATF Fire Research Lab.
Paraguay Supermarket Fire, Pennsylvania Fire Safety Audits, Suncor Oil Sands, U.S. Fire Loss for 2003, Firefighter Injuries for 2003.
Air and Space Museum, Consumer Fireworks Ban, LNG Facilities, Telecommunications Facilities, 9/11 Commission and NFPA 1600, Clean Agent Extinguishing Systems.
Shipboard Inspections, Ford Power Plant Explosion, Smoke Detectors on Boats.
NEC’s 50th Edition, Kennedy Space Center, Boston Convention Center, NFPA 96 Revisions, Consolidating NFPA Meetings, Motor Speedway, Mass Evacuations.
Dry-Pipe Sprinkler Software, Robots to the Rescue, California's Wildfire Woes, Safer Nightlife.
21st Century Civil Defense, Movie Sets, Code Changes After Station Fire, WMD Training Centers, Anti-terrorism Firefighting Gear, D.C. Haz-Mat Ban.
NFPA 5000 Bound for California, Remote-Area Calculations, Unconventional High-Rise Evacuations, In-Drain Hangar Protection, I-5 Gasoline Tanker Fire
Delayed School Evacuations, FPW Online, Fire Protection in Dorms, Fire Alarm Evacuation Readiness, FBI Brokers Cooperation, Student Work on Walls.
Home Security Bars, Alarms and Sleeping Kids, Gearing Up for Terrorism, Fighting SARS, Crowd Crush at Nightclubs.
The Big Dig, Hartford Nursing Home Fire, Live-Fire Training, Canadian Nuclear Plant, Next-Generation N-Plants, Vital-Records Storage.
Remote Homes and Wildfires, Arizona Wildfire Evacuations, FDNY’s McKinsey Report, Citizens Corps, Response to Station Fire, Fire Service Needs Assessment.
Copyright Case, High-Rise Safety, Colonial Williamsburg, Getty Museum, Natural Disasters, Cocoanut Grove, Wildfire Detector.
Fire-Safe Cigarettes, Pentagon 9/11 Report, Campus Fire Safety, Older Oil Facilities, Fuel-Cell Vehicles, German Train Fire, Bonding Aircraft.
NIST’s WTC Investigation, Post-9/11 Firefighting, WTC Evacuation, Smoke-Alarm Research, LAX Shootings, NFPA Certification, Firewise, Dusseldorf Airport, AFFF’s Future.
Assisted Living Facilities, 2001 Firefighter Fatalities, Tropical Storm Hits Houston Hospitals, White-Powder Scares, Anthrax Lessons, USFA’s Paulison.
NFPA’s New President, NFPA and International Buildings, Pyrotechnics, Roller Coaster Fire, Minneapolis Convention Center.
Protecting Essential Records, 2001 Wildfires, NFPA 5000, Halon Alternative, Fire Service Public Education.
Winter Olympics, Motorsports Fire Safety, NFPA and the World Trade Organization
NFPA Journal provides a comprehensive overview - in five parts - of the World Trade Center disaster.
Last year, 176 people died in 34 multiple-death fires, more than half of which were residential.