September/October 2020

In this issue, NFPA Journal examines the challenges of responding to large-scale disasters during a pandemic, the introduction of NFPA LiNK, and how the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem can help explain the devastating Beirut, Lebanon, explosion. PLUS: the 2019 Fire Loss and Catastrophic-Multiple Death Fires reports, how to prevent losses from fire in historic buildings, and much more.


Introducing NFPA LiNK

NFPA LiNK reinvents the experience of using NFPA codes and standards and sets the stage for the organization’s digital future

Disasters + COVID

As natural disaster season ramps up amid a historic pandemic, emergency managers have had to rethink everything in their plans, from sheltering to remote operations

Fire Loss in the United States in 2019

The latest round of NFPA fire loss statistics show progress, but deaths and injuries associated with home fires continue to present a stubborn challenge

Catastrophic Fires and Explosions in the United States in 2019

A boat fire in California, which killed 33 people, was the deadliest of the 19 catastrophic fires and explosions in the United States last year

In Compliance

Simplifying Survivability

The case for simplifying the code's requirements for survivability

Door Safe

The importance of door inspections as buildings are reoccupied during the pandemic

'Game Changer'

How will NFPA LiNK revolutionize the NEC experience?

Unacceptable Obstructions

Obstruction rules when considering ESFR sprinklers


Responder: One Last Run

Our columnist signs off with a plea for a continued focus on health and wellness

Research: Slow Burn

Cooking fires don't make headlines, but they demand our attention

Outreach: Fire Prevention Week

COVID presented FPW organizers with a host of challenges. So they got creative.

Wildfire: A Giant Step

A new online tools helps communities evaluate wildfire risk


First Word: Crucial Link

NFPA President Jim Pauley discusses the significance of NFPA LiNK

Perspectives: History Lost

A fire protection engineer discusses the importance of adding modern fire safety features to historic buildings

News + Analysis

Dispatches: Beirut Blast

Understanding the Beirut catastrophe through the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem

Firewatch: September/October 2020

Fire incidents from across the country

Looking Back: Schoolhouse Disaster

The 1915 St. John’s Parochial School fire