Policymakers play a critical role in reducing the risk of fire, electrical, and other life safety hazards for citizens. Actions like enacting and enforcing building codes and carrying out fire inspections are examples of government efforts that have contributed to the reduction in fires and associated losses, particularly in the U.S.
Moving forward, changing infrastructure, new technology, evolving risks and competing priorities will all put pressure on maintaining strong fire and life safety protection measures. The Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute will help policymakers understand and navigate these issues through analysis and recommended policy approaches to protect citizens.
NEW! NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem Assessment Tool
This tool helps users identify gaps in their community’s support for safety. It asks a series of yes or no questions on the policies, practices, and resources that support each of the eight components of the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem, delivering a score of green (excellent), yellow (good), fair (orange), or red (poor) along with a downloadable report. The Ecosystem Assessment Tool is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. We invite safety professionals to log-on, choose their language, and assess their community.
*Download the references, which contain more information on the incidents, facts, and figures described in the 2021 Year in Review Report.
From NFPA Journal
Meghan Housewright, Director, Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute, writes a bi-monthly column, Safety Policy, in NFPA Journal®.
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Meghan Housewright, Director, Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute
Meghan has been with the National Fire Protection Association since 2011. She began in NFPA’s Government Affairs office in Washington, DC working on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues. Most recently, she served as the associate general counsel for government affairs, continuing to advance NFPA’s mission of hazard mitigation and the promotion of voluntary consensus standards. Prior to joining NFPA, she worked for the House Committee on Science and Technology as professional staff. There she worked on legislation supporting hazard mitigation and other topics, as well as supporting the Committee’s oversight of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and national priority standardization efforts. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Bamako, Mali from 2004 to 2006 as a water sanitation engineer.