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March/April 2019 Industrial & Storage Occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal looks at the fire problem in parking garages, the growing modular construction industry, how the longest government shutdown in US history could affect the 2019 wildfire season, and more. Plus, an exclusive, in-depth interview with new Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen.


Protecting Parking Garages

A massive blaze in England destroyed 1,200 vehicles, sparking debate about the growing hazards of modern vehicles and how to protect the structures that house them.

Cold Storage Safety

How an expanding and evolving cold storage industry presents fire safety concerns for designers, builders, facility owners, firefighters, and standards developers.

Regulating Modular Construction

The modular construction industry is poised to grow by over 40 percent worldwide by 2023, but questions persist over how the industry is regulated.

In Compliance


A new alarm installation must comply with the entire code—not parts of it.

NFPA 101

It may seem counterintuitive, but areas in a building can be hazardous even without high-hazard contents.


Reconsidering electrical load calculations in the 2020 NEC.


The importance of keeping your spare sprinkler cabinet fully stocked.



Old and new challenges at the leading edge of fire protection research.

Wildfire: One Day, One Thing

How the streamlined goal of NFPA's Wildfire Community Prep Day can spur residents to take action.


A champion of home fire sprinklers shows that installation incentives can take many forms.

First Responder

A new federal program has potential to usher in a new age of emergency care, and NFPA is ready to assist.


Strengthening fire and life safety in developing countries requires ongoing effort and creative strategies.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on why the organization continues to grow its research efforts.

Perspectives: Hot Seat

US Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen discusses her agency’s long-term plan to reduce wildfire loss.

News + Analysis


After the longest government shutdown in history, experts fear it could worsen the upcoming wildfire season.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

On St. Patrick's Day in 1899, the deadliest hotel fire in US history occurred in New York City.