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May/June 2019 2019 NFPA Conference & Expo

In this issue, NFPA Journal details how the San Antonio, Texas, Fire Department became one of the most innovative departments in the country; how smart technology is poised to revolutionize fire and life safety building systems; and how motion picture and television sets can remain safe from fire. PLUS: A comprehensive look at some of the highlights of the 2019 NFPA Conference & Expo in San Antonio, Texas.


Front and Center

Through personality, will, and lessons learned from a legendary mentor, Chief Charles Hood has transformed San Antonio’s fire department into a national leader.

2020 NEC Changes

An overview of key changes to the 2020 National Electrical Code®, including changes related to GFCI protection and emergency power disconnects.

Smart Building Systems

As smart technologies proliferate, they not only aim to make life easier and cooler, but they also promise to transform the building systems designed to provide fire and life safety.

What is CRR?

How the data-driven insights generated by the community risk reduction process can help you identify, prioritize, and minimize hazards.

2020 NFPA 25 Changes

Electric sprinklers, automated inspection and testing, and more: key changes to the 2020 edition of NFPA 25.

Energy Storage Systems

A look at NFPA 855, the new standard for the installation of energy storage systems.

In Compliance


Using system documentation to ensure reliable fire alarm system operation.

NFPA 101

Considering active shooters and other targeted violence events when conducting emergency evacuation drills in schools.


Guidance on labeling electrical equipment.


Conditions for omitting sprinkler systems above cloud ceilings.


Wildfire: Letter from Paradise

After visiting the ruins of last year’s Camp Fire, it’s clear that nature doesn’t love us. We must protect ourselves.


A refugee family’s unimaginable loss provides a sobering backdrop for Home Fire Sprinkler Week.


Are interconnected fire protection systems becoming a cyber security threat?

First Responder

Facing a scourge of distracted drivers, responders must make roadside safety a priority.


Our globetrotting columnist bids farewell and offers an appraisal of past successes and future challenges.


First Word

NFPA President Jim Pauley writes about the changes in store for the 2019 NFPA Conference & Expo.


After a family tragedy, one woman has worked tirelessly to expose the hidden dangers of carbon monoxide.


Feedback from the NFPA Journal audience.

News + Analysis


After a deadly blaze on a movie set in New York City, experts stress the importance of fire safety on movie and TV sets.


Fire incidents from across the country.

Looking Back

In May 1919, the Douglas Starch Works factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, exploded, killing over 40 people.