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MAY / JUNE 2015 Conference + Expo Preview

In this issue, NFPA Journal previews the upcoming Conference + Expo in Chicago, including overviews of important code changes, sneak previews of compelling ed sessions, and more. Plus: In “Perspectives,” a look at the regulatory landscape for flammable liquids.


Food Trucks

Food truck fire safety issues are making their presence felt in communities across the US. The technical committee for NFPA 96 considers a new chapter designed to address those issues.


Concerns over storage occupancy protection, the growing popularity of cloud ceilings, and new sprinkler research were driving forces behind key changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13.

NFPA 303

A rash of electric shock drownings at marinas and boatyards has prompted fresh research and a new look at the requirements for ground fault protection in the 2016 edition of NFPA 303.


Three changes to the new NFPA 72 will have a major impact on the design and installation of fire alarm and mass notification systems.

Behavior Change

Awareness of a risk or hazard doesn’t mean we’ll change our behavior to make ourselves safety. Now, safety educators are adopting new strategies to help audiences embrace meaningful change.

NFPA 400

Spurred by a deadly 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion in Texas, the new edition of NFPA 400 addresses a range of safety issues concerning how AN is handled and stored in existing facilities.

In Compliance


Mixed signals: Using different audible appliances in the same space.

NFPA 101

Telling fact from fiction: Debunking a pair of Life Safety Code myths.


Power oriented: A look ahead at the 2017 NEC.


Addressing the problem of corrosion in wet-system sprinkler piping.


First Responder

The exposure factor: firefighting, hazardous environments, and NFPA standards.


How research and the codes-and-standards process can benefit each other.


A visit to a retirement community illustrates a safety hazard for seniors.

Wildfire Watch

Two ways that insurers are constructively involved in addressing wildfire risk.



Comments from the NFPA Journal audience.

First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley discusses NFPA’s upcoming Conference and Expo being held this June in Chicago.


A new advocacy effort seeks more regulatory consistency of flammable and combustible liquids.

News + Analysis

In A Flash

How exactly does NFPA put together the education sessions for annual meeting?


Fire Incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

Iconic Disaster: The 1937 Hindenburg explosion in Lakehurst, New Jersey.