September / October 2010 The Big Picture

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.


Catastrophic and Multiple Death Fires in 2009

The number of catastrophic fires is the second-lowest in the past decade, and the 103 deaths in such fires is the lowest number ever recorded.

Catastrophic Multiple Death Fire Incidents

A breakdown of all the 2009 multiple-death fires.

The Big Picture

College campuses without an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness could be at risk, a new report finds. Plus: Best practices from schools that are doing it right.

US Fire Loss in 2009

The overall number of fires fell by more than 7 percent from the previous year, while the value of property damaged by fire fell by 19 percent.


First Word

A volunteer's volunteer


Tom Jaeger talks about the changing face of health care, its effect on codes and standards, and his new role as chair of NFPA’s Board of Directors.


In A Flash

NFPA’s Standards Council issues TIAs on antifreeze and gas purging, and issues the 2011 NEC.


Fire damage to hotel exceeds $3 million

Looking Back

The 1937 New London school explosion

Fire Analysis and Research

Overviews of recent reports issued by the Fire Analysis and Research Division of NFPA.


The 70E Connection

How the NEC® and NFPA 70E team up to minimize the risk of working on energized equipment.


How the growing world of social media can serve the research effort behind code development.

Structural Ops

The importance of planning for fires in educational occupancies.


What do I test? For new fire alarm systems, the answer is easy.

Heads Up

Distinguishing between an “obstruction inspection” and an “obstruction investigation.”

In Compliance

What you need to do to ensure fire drill training actually works.


Why smoke alarm installation programs work better with firefighter support.