Spring 2021

This issue of NFPA Journal marks our shift to a quarterly publication schedule, part of an exciting new identity that adds a robust web presence to the award-winning print magazine. Our Spring 2021 issue includes updates on cybersecurity, cutting-edge sprinkler technology, and how the pandemic has produced a raft of innovations in NFPA’s codes and standards development process. The issue also includes an in-depth look at a groundbreaking new effort designed to reduce the destruction caused by wildfires.


Weak Spots

As building systems become smarter, they are also becoming prime targets for hackers seeking to infiltrate corporate networks. What can facility managers do to protect these systems?

Code Development During COVID

How the Coronavirus pandemic sparked a host of innovations in the NFPA codes and standards development process

Dust Disaster

After a fatal blast in Singapore, learn about the hazards of combustible dust and how to prevent fires and explosions

Outthink Wildfire

A bold new plan from NFPA calls for ending the destruction of communities by wildfire in 30 years

Safer Sets

NYC passes legislation to strengthen fire safety on movie and TV sets after fatal 2018 blaze

Disrupting the flow

An extensive research project measures the impact of common storage facility obstructions on ESFR sprinklers, data that could inform changes to NFPA 13

In Compliance

Test Questions

Determining the extent of fire alarm acceptance testing

Tall Changes

Important sprinkler changes for high-rise apartments in the 2021 Life Safety Code

All About Listing

Understanding the what, when, and why about NEC listing requirements

Tunnels and Trains

Fire protection for underground passenger rail systems


Research: Green Questions

Building green is popular, but the fire impacts are not well understood

Outreach: Beyond the Burns

Remembering Alan Breslau, a tireless advocate for burn survivors

Wildfire: That's Rich

Can the wealthy really avoid the impact of extreme natural events like wildfire?


First Word: Hello 2021!

The challenges of 2020 taught us a lot that will help take us farther and faster into 2021 and beyond.

Perspectives: Fitting In

Solving the problem of ill-fitting female firefighter turnout gear

News + Analysis

Dispatches: Lights Out

Fires in buildings under construction continue to occur at an alarming rate, prompting efforts to beef up protections


Fire incidents from across the country

Looking Back: Unstoppable

Baltimore's 1904 conflagration