NFPA Journal marks 100th anniversary of Triangle fire

Published on March 3, 2011
Lessons still to be learned from fire that prompted creation of Life Safety Code

March 3, 2011 – The March/April 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is now available. This issue focuses on the Triangle Waist Co. fire of 1911 and factory fire safety in the hundred years since in the cover story, The Triangle Fire, 100 Years Later. It is the largest accidental industrial building fire in U.S. history and at the time prompted NFPA to create the Committee on Life Safety, which developed a fire safety code to address building exits and was the precursor to today’s widely-used Life Safety Code®.

Scott Sutherland, Journal Editor, details the tragedy and explores what has changed – and what has not – in the past century. The article explains how the very same conditions that led to the Triangle fire still exist all over the world and even within the United States.

Video: NFPA Division Manager Robert Solomon examines why the conditions that led to the Triangle Waist fire continue to play a role in other industrial fires throughout the world.

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