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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.


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

Risk Analysis Value

Recent building code changes require a designer to perform a risk analysis prior to designing a mass notification system

NFPA 101 and daycares

A look at the requirements for daycare facilities in the Life Safety Code

NEC additions on reconditioned equipment

Electrical equipment will inevitably break down. What can you do when replacing it is too costly?

Nonmetallic tubes: No longer a pipe dream

A new NFPA 13 provision allows for the use of nonmetallic piping in certain garages


You Don't Know NFPA

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

Small Steps Matter

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

'Tis the Season

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

Beyond Blame

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


First Word

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

Perspectives: Exiting Smarter

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

News + Analysis

Dispatches: Brazil Burning

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


Fire incidents from across the country

Looking Back: Lame Horse

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