September/October edition of NFPA Journal addresses NFPA 45 and unsafe school science experiments, as well as recent reports on U.S. Fire Loss and Catastrophic Fires

September 16, 2015 – The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), covers NFPA 45 changes and the issue of unsafe classroom science experiments, plus recent U.S. Fire Loss and U.S. Catastrophic Fire reports.

The cover story “Hey Kids, Watch This,” written by Washington fire protection engineer Andrew Minister, addresses the importance of lab safety in schools. Over the last 15 years, many students have suffered serious injury as the result of classroom experiments. In some cases, this can be due to insufficient training of teachers or schools lacking the appropriate safety equipment. Students are in school to learn, not to burn, and should be taught in a safe environment. "Minister’s story on school lab safety is timely and insightful,” says NFPA Journal Executive Editor Scott Sutherland. “He mixes student burn victim perspective, chemical engineering insight, and recent media coverage of these incidents to successfully demonstrate that dangerous school lab fire incidents are both prevalent and preventable.”

Also featured in this issue:

  • 2014 U.S. Fire Loss Report – A look at different categories of fires in 2014, comparing death/injury numbers and property loss to previous years. Public fire departments responded to an estimated 1,298,000 fires last year, including 494,000 structure fires. The report looks at the number of residential losses versus non-residential concerns, the damage left by these fires, and much more.
  • U.S. Catastrophic Fire Report – A detailed breakdown of last year’s 24 catastrophic fires, including multiple-death fires. The report features in-depth information on each of the fires, including date, time, casualties, building details, path and origin of fire, contributing factors, victim locations, and the existence of smoke alarms and other protective devices. These individual reports presents a sobering reminder of fire dangers in the home.
  • Hands-On History – Outlines updates that fire museums are making to engage a modern audience. Jamie Smith Quinn of Hudson, N.Y.’s FASNY (Firemen’s Association of the State of New York) Museum of Firefighting discusses creating an interactive experience that will cater to children as well as adults.

Read the latest digital version of the September/October 2015 NFPA Journal with hyperlinked content from the print version. The NFPA Journal mobile app is available through the Apple App Store.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at

RSS Subscribe to NFPA RSS News feeds

Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275