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A Reporter's Guide to Fire and the NFPA

NFPA is the authority on fire, electrical, and building safety.

Fires and other safety issues generate tremendous media attention. The following information is intended to provide you with background material to help you cover fires and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In addition, NFPA’s Press Room provides a full range of other material that may be of interest as well as a number of story ideas on some of the most common and timely topics.

You can also view statistics on the U.S. fire problemincluding the number and types of fires, deaths, and injuries, and statistics about the U.S. fire serviceincluding firefighter fatalities and injuries.

For more information, contact NFPA's Public Affairs office

phone: +1 617 984-7275     


In This Section
  • About codes and standards Developing more than 300 codes and standards for use around the world remains one of NFPA's most important functions.
  • All about fire The fire triangle, how fire spreads, special circumstances, classifying fire, and more.
  • The consequences of fire The killing fumes, arson, home fires, the U.S. fire problem, and more.
  • Glossary Learn the lingo - an alphabetical listing of fire-related terms.
  • Key fire safety tips Tips to include in your articles about fire.