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November/December 2017 Life safety systems

This issue of NFPA Journal includes a detailed look at the challenging 2017 hurricane season. In a special report called “Storm Season,” we talk to responders, emergency managers, and many others on the front lines in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida to find out what went well, what didn’t, and what was learned as they faced some of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history. Plus: the 2016 U.S. large-loss and firefighter injuries reports; sprinklering FEMA’s emergency housing; reports on the California wildfires and Las Vegas shooting; and much more.


Storm Season

A comprehensive look at the historic 2017 hurricane season, as told by those on the ground in TX, FL, and Puerto Rico. What went right? Where can we improve? Fire chiefs, emergency planners, and others tell their stories.

FEMA Sprinklers

Designing a fire sprinkler system for one manufactured home? Easy. Designing a system for 20,000 homes with no guaranteed water supply and no idea when or where the homes will be sent? Not so easy.

Large-Loss Fires 2016

Last year, 25 fires in the U.S. resulted in losses of at least $10 million each, for a cumulative total of $1.4 billion in direct property losses. For a bit of perspective, though, that figure was dwarfed by a single Canadian wildfire.

U.S. Firefighter Injuries 2016

An estimated 62,085 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2016, a decrease of nearly 9 percent from the year before and the lowest rate since NFPA began analyzing this data in 1981.

In Compliance


Why technology alone isn’t enough to stop unwanted alarms.

NFPA 101

Demystifying the required risk analysis for mass-notification systems.


2018 edition of 70E introduces an arc flash hazard assessment tool.


The importance of owner’s certificates in sprinkler system design.



Looking back at three decades of progress in fire and life safety education.

Safety Policy

The new NFPA Policy Institute will be an asset for decision makers at every level of government.


Opportunity knocks in China, and NFPA is being asked to take on a larger role.


Power over the Ethernet: a new technology with some unanswered safety questions.

First Responder

Should citizens be asked to do more to help themselves during disasters?


A New Normal? The 2017 wildfire season has caused us to rethink what we thought we knew.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on NFPA’s commitment to improving responder safety.


FEMA’s former deputy administrator on this year’s spate of disasters and the effort to build more resilient communities.

News + Analysis


Takeaways from California’s deadly wine country blazes.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The Moonglow Hotel Fire of 1957—Niagara Falls, New York.