New Directions

Finding the means of egress in an emergency
can sometimes be challenging in large,
modern buildings. Enter dynamic exit signage—
a technology that is both challenging to develop
and a potential game changer for life safety design. 

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Health Care, COVID, And More

Lessons from the pandemic led to several (but not all) of the key changes proposed for the 2024 editions of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code. Here's an overview.

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Leaning In
Diversity, equity, and inclusion have become priorities for fire chiefs. We ask FDNY's new diversity and inclusion officer what success looks like.  Read article

Inflection Point
Two years after NFPA launched an ambitious national wildfire policy initiative, the organization's wildfire chief sees encouraging signs of change. Read article


Grilling Safety
An estimated 75 million households in the United States will fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend. For most, the worst that will happen is a few burned hot dogs. But each year, about 22,000 people in the U.S. go to hospital emergency rooms with injuries related to grilling. Today on the podcast, we talk to NFPA’s director of public education about what can go wrong, and what fire prevention educators should be telling their communities about grilling and cooking safety as we head into summer. Then, on a new Code Corner, NFPA electrical expert Corey Hannahs wraps up Electrical Safety Month with an in-depth look at what makes a person qualified to perform various types of electrical jobs. 


Detention Dilemma

A deadly blaze at a migrant detention center in Mexico highlights the need to balance safety with security—a balance NFPA 101 works to achieve.

A Century of Dust

100 years after the creation of the first combustible dust standard, NFPA is nearing completion of a single standard on dust explosion hazards.

Essential Reading
After 15 years, a revamped Fire Protection Handbook is set to hit shelves in the spring.

Better Attire
Female firefighters have had to make do with gear designed for men. New research hopes to change that.

Access requirements for rooftops with photovoltaic systems installed. Read more.

Understanding low-frequency alert signals and occupant notification. Read more. 
Understanding the concept of miscellaneous storage. Read more.
Fire prevention through proper electric vehicle charging installation and maintenance. Read more.

A new EU rule requiring solar panels on rooftops will transform buildings across Europe—and present a host of new safety challenges. Read more.
A Career of Advocacy: Ron Siarnicki, a longtime fire chief in Maryland, is the choice for this year’s Shannon Advocacy Medal. Read more.
Incentives are encouraging Colorado fire victims to rebuild greener and with fire resistant materials. It's a promising approach. Read more.

Daily Dispatches
News for America's Fire Service, compiled by the
Western Fire Chiefs Association

Read the latest print issue

The new summer 2023 issue of NFPA Journal looks at some of the highlights of the upcoming NFPA Conference & Expo this June in Las Vegas, including a preview of some of the hottest education session topics. Check out features on wildfire policy, dynamic exit signs, NFPA 3000, and a conversation with FDNY’s new chief diversity and inclusion officer.

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