January/February issue of NFPA Journal explores the rise of big batteries, looks at the changing world of home healthcare and independent living

January 12, 2016 – The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), examines the advent of big batteries and the concerns that accompany this growing technology. This issue also dives into healthcare, with a special look at how the rise of home healthcare and independent living affects both those offering care and the patients themselves.

In the cover story, “Power to Spare,” NFPA Journal analyzes the growing use of big batteries, or energy storage systems, in both residential and industrial environments. The ability to store power for later use has both environmental and financial incentives. But despite the allure of energy storage systems, imperative safety questions still remain. The Journal’s in-depth cover story highlights New York City’s status as an emerging energy storage epicenter, and FDNY’s (Fire Department City of New York) recent efforts to better understand how to safely extinguish a fire involving an energy storage system.

Also featured in this issue:

  • Community Coverage – The Journal looks at the expanding role of community paramedicine and the complications that arise as fire services offer more and more non-fire related assistance to their communities. 
  • Heart, Home, Hemodialysis – The rise of home medical equipment usage allows people to spend more time at home and less time in hospitals. But with potential dangers spanning from power outages to challenges for responders, receiving healthcare in the home is far from simple.
  • State of Independence – Americans are increasingly reluctant to grow old in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and medical practitioners and emergency responders must adapt. Here, NFPA Journal examines the difficulties facing first responders who respond to both senior living facilities and typical residencies with aging inhabitants. 

Read the latest digital version of the January/February 2016 NFPA Journal with hyperlinked content from the print version. The NFPA Journal mobile app is available through the Apple App Store.

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