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November/December 2019

In this issue, NFPA Journal examines the lasting legacy of the Worcester cold storage warehouse fire 20 years after the deadly incident, the fire problem in Brazil and how it relates to the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem, and the future of emergency exit signage. PLUS: The 2018 NFPA Large-Loss Fires and Firefighter Injuries reports.

FEATURES

The Worcester Cold Storage Fire

In 1999, the Worcester cold storage warehouse fire killed six firefighters. Twenty years later, its impact is still being felt.

2018 Large-Loss Fires and Explosions in the United States Report

A trio of destructive wildfires in California last year accounted for the majority of the nearly $13 billion in direct property damage from large loss fires in the United States in 2018

2018 U.S. Firefighter Injuries Report

An estimated 58,250 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2018, the lowest number since NFPA began analyzing this data in 1981

In Compliance

NFPA 72

The value of a risk analysis for a mass notification system installation

NFPA 101

The Life Safety Code and day-care facilities

NFPA 70

New NEC information on reconditioned equipment

NFPA 13

Why nonmetallic tubes are no longer a pipe dream for residential garages

Columns

First Responder

Why all responders need to move beyond the myths of NFPA and get involved

Research

After a long career, our columnist is moving on. But not before sharing a key lesson.

Outreach

The onset of winter means more home fires. Here's what you can do to minimize the risk in your community.

Wildfire

Mainstream media are finally covering wildfire with depth and nuance. How did this happen?

P.O.V.

First Word

NFPA president reflects on the Phoenix World Burn Congress and National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

Perspectives

Is it time to move on from traditional emergency exit signs?

News + Analysis

Dispatches

Brazil's fire problem can be explained using the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem

Firewatch

Fire incidents from across the country

Looking Back

10 years ago, 156 people died in a catastrophic Russian nightclub blaze