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MAY / JUNE 2016 Conference & Expo

In this issue, NFPA Journal previews the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, with close looks at the proposed 2017 NEC; the new standard, NFPA 1616, on mass evacuation and sheltering; updates to NFPA 25; as well as a host of education sessions on various topics including data analytics, unwanted alarms, and combustible decorative features. Plus: an update of the firefighter suicide issue; fire protection in large occupancy buildings, and much more.


2017 NEC Changes

As electrical generation and transmission becomes less utility-centric, the NEC keeps pace with a host of new provisions focused on emerging technologies.

Mass Evacuation and Sheltering

With the creation of the new NFPA 1616, emergency officials now have a comprehensive guide for managing a program for mass evacuation and sheltering.

Looks Nice. Burns Hot.

Plastic decorative features in places like Las Vegas make the ordinary appear extraordinary, but what kind of fire hazard do they pose inside and outside of buildings?

Embracing Analytics

Communities and fire departments around the country are using data analytics in imaginative ways to predict a host of risk factors and reduce fires.

Good Housekeeping

A reorganized NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, aims to streamline and consolidate the information while improving usability.

Unwanted alarms

In an education session panel preview, a host of experts takes on a conundrum with no easy answers: How do you prevent unwanted alarms?

In Compliance


Considering the intelligibility of fire alarm systems.

NFPA 101

An update on the use of larger smoke compartments in hospitals.


Proposed NEC changes impact the size of large–capacity circuits.


The difference between ‘working’ and ‘preliminary’ plans.



Why NFPA continues to push the home smoke alarm theme for Fire Prevention Week.

Washington D.C.

NFPA’s has a role in addressing emerging threats of violence.


Standards without borders: NFPA documents are increasingly being used throughout the world.


Robots and the struggle to keep pace with their rapid advancements.

First Responder

The focus is on the new and different at this year’s Conference & Expo.

Wildfire Watch

Prescribed burning is a critical tool for some WUI communities.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on his recent UAE trip and NFPA’s international vision.


Developing codes and standards for large, high-occupancy facilities will be the focus of a new NFPA technical committee.

Section Spotlight

Spotlight on the Building Fire Safety Systems section.


Comments from the NFPA Journal audience.

News + Analysis

In A Flash

A high-profile suicide puts firefighter workplace stress issues into the spotlight.


Fire Incidents from across the country.