NFPA Journal explores the history and hazards of fire escapes

September 10, 2014 – The latest issue of the NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), looks at the complicated history of fire escapes and how this Victorian-era fire safety feature persists despite its reputation for being a safety hazard as much as a safety measure. 

The issue also covers wildfires from several perspectives. NFPA President Jim Pauley looks at the growing problem of wildfires and the important role that NFPA plays in addressing it. In addition, the Wildfire Watch column examines defensible space through the lens of the San Diego County wildfires in May, and the Research column looks at how the Fire Protection Research Foundation is assembling information on fire risk in the wildland/urban interface to help inform the work of NFPA’s technical committees. 

Also featured in this issue:

  • Fire Loss Report — the report contains overall statistics from the NFPA survey of fire departments on fires, civilian deaths and injuries, and property damage in 2013.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral — Why a landmark cathedral in New York City chose a water mist system as part of a comprehensive restoration project.
  • 2013 catastrophic fires — The Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona and ammonium nitrate fire and explosion in West, Texas, top the list of deadliest fire events from last year. 
Read the latest digital version of the September/October 2014 NFPA Journal with hyperlinked content from the print version. The new NFPA Journal mobile app is now available through the Apple App Store.

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