July/August 2018 Assembly Occupancies

In this issue, NFPA Journal details fire and life safety challenges of Macau's massive entertainment complexes; what the emergence of the booming legal cannabis industry means for regulators and fire officials; how the short-term rental industry presents oversight conundrums for building officials; volcanic eruptions in Hawaii; the 2017 U.S. Firefighter Fatality Report, and much more.


Managing Magnitude

Jensen Hughes executives discuss the challenges of protecting Asia's gigantic assembly occupancies from fire and other life safety hazards.

The Airbnb Challenge

A new study suggests that many Airbnb properties lack basic fire safety features. NFPA urges renters to be vigilant, as building and fire code officials struggle to find a clear path to safety.

The Cannabis Industry

As legal marijuana production increases rapidly in the United States, how are regulators, inspectors, and fire departments keeping the industry safe?

Firefighter Fatalities

On-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States hit an all-time low in 2017, but deaths from being struck by a vehicle spiked drastically.

In Compliance


Detection and notification challenges in new assembly occupancies.

NFPA 101

A look ahead to the 2021 Life Safety Code, which will consider threats like active shooters.


Ensuring consistency in workplace electrical safety education.


When does a concealed space require sprinkler protection?


First Responder

An emergency medical services veteran explains why responders seldom report the violence they encounter.


How an innovative public attraction in Alabama will help NFPA spread important fire safety information.


Why partnerships are critical to the international fire safety ecosystem.


Real-life reminders of why public safety research matters.

Safety Policy

Why home fire sprinklers are the answer to the hazard created by banning chemical flame retardants.


After a devastating wildfire, residents of a California community continue to embrace the Firewise USA program.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley on the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.


A fire captain discusses the challenges of protecting Atlanta's new SunTrust Park stadium.

News + Analysis


Volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, an interview with a user of NFPA's cladding risk assessment tool, and more.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

The day the Atlanta Braves' stadium went up in flames.