Journal Now Archive

Children wearing safety vest jump in the air.BY JESSE ROMAN • 2 MINUTE READ

NFPA's Energy storage safety effort ramps up

In mid-February, about 50 people across a spectrum of industries met in Denver to discuss some of the potentially fraught aspects of the surging world of energy storage systems (ESS) for first responders, authorities having jurisdictions (AHJs) and others. How should fire departments handle an ESS on fire? What gaps in training exist? What…

Children wearing safety vest jump in the air.BY ANGELO VERZONI • 1 MINUTE READ

This Is Us' tops NFPA Journal coverage of fire in popular culture

In January, the hit NBC drama series "This Is Us" aired the first in a string of episodes that highlighted critical fire safety messages such as the importance of replacing smoke alarm batteries. The show, which is watched by upwards of 10 million people, managed to spark a nationwide conversation about fire safety...

Children wearing safety vest jump in the air.BY JESSE ROMAN • 2 MINUTE READ

New Journal column explores the thorny issues of safety public policy

From my years working as a political reporter, I can assure you that everything we humans touch eventually turns political as long as someone somewhere has something at stake. When the stakes rise to the level of life and death, the politics are ratcheted up even higher. That explains why something as seemingly ho-hum as smoke detector…

Children wearing safety vest jump in the air.BY ANGELO VERZONI • 1 MINUTE READ

Lenovo recall is latest involving fire risk for lithium-ion batteries

Lenovo and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Tuesday a recall involving about 80,000 of the Chinese technology company's best-selling laptops. The fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops were recalled because a small screw was left unfastened inside certain units, according to the CPSC. The unfastened screw can…

Children wearing safety vest jump in the air.BY JESSE ROMAN • 1 MINUTE READ

The political challenges of enacting wildfire measures on display in Colorado

In preparing to write the cover story, “Build. Burn. Repeat?,” for the latest issue of NFPA Journal, I tried to find answers to a basic question: Why, when faced with indisputable risks and potentially devastating outcomes, do some wildfire-prone communities enact policies to prepare for and reduce the risk, while others seem to ignore the risks…


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