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March/April 2017 Industrial & Storage Occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal explores tall wooden buildings, tiny homes, storage container buildings, and other new and innovative building materials and designs, each with unique safety challenges. Plus: What a large-loss warehouse fire says about the need for protection systems to keep up with a building’s change of occupancy; considering confined spaces; a new wildfire preparedness study; an NFPA Conference & Expo preview; and much more.


The Outliers

Innovative building designs and construction types are appearing around the world with increasing regularity. From tall wooden buildings to tiny houses, each present unique challenges for responders and code officials.

GE Warehouse Fire

A large-loss fire in a sprinklered warehouse stresses the importance of updating fire protection systems when a building’s occupancy use changes.

Confined Space

How NFPA is helping a range of industries prevent deaths and injuries in confined spaces.

2017 NFPA Conference Preview

Here are four big reasons to attend the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston this June.

In Compliance


Voice notification systems and the industrial sector.

NFPA 101

Considering fire-retardant wooden roofs in health care facilities.


Understanding an employer’s role in electrical safety.


As storage materials and configurations change, so must a facility’s sprinkler protection.



Manchester by the Sea shows the human cost of fire.


How can we address pressing needs in developing nations?

Washington D.C.

Spreading the safety message in the Trump Administration.


Off the rails: Crude oil train derailments are a major threat.

First Responder

It’s time to change the culture around annual physical exams for firefighters.


The Gatlinburg tragedy and learning to coexist with fire.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley reflects on his recent trip to Panama and the country’s partnership with NFPA.


Architectural Engineering Institute president on how NFPA and engineers can work together to improve building resiliency.

News + Analysis


Study shows many local fire departments are unprepared to face wildfire.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The Eddystone Ammunition Corporation explosion of 1917.