Summer 2021

In this issue of NFPA Journal, a look back—and forward—as NFPA celebrates its 125th anniversary; notable changes to the 2022 editions of NFPA codes and standards as well as a project to consolidate documents; and a new edition of NFPA 241 and resources aimed at stemming the surge in massive, costly construction fires. Plus, conversations with experts about community risk reduction and reopening buildings after the COVID-19 pandemic.


NFPA at 125

A look back—and forward—as NFPA celebrates 125 years of fire, life, and electrical safety

Class of 2022

Key changes to the next editions of NFPA 72 and NFPA 13. Plus, a primer on the consolidation of emergency responder standards.

Connecting the CRR Dots

One of the earliest adopters of community risk reduction demystifies the process and explains how to effectively put community data to work

Safety First

A new edition of NFPA 241 and other efforts aim to stem the surge in costly construction blazes

Sri Lanka Cargo Ship Fire

Sri Lankan ship blaze highlights dangers, challenges involved in fighting fires on large marine vessels—especially those carrying hazardous materials

Danger of Negligence

Ecosystem failure leads to subway disaster in Mexico City

Battered Batteries

Texas Tesla crash illustrates electric vehicle fire safety challenge

In Compliance

Secondary Power

Secondary power supply is a key consideration of fire alarm reliability

The Silent Killer

The Life Safety Code and carbon monoxide requirements

The NEC and Cybersecurity

Should the NEC include guidance on cybersecurity threats?

Firming Up

The need for underground restraints for sprinkler systems


Research: Workplace Worry

Workers across the world are worried about fire risks on the job

Outreach: Consistency Matters

How we ensure that public safety messaging is consistent across the world

Wildfire: Emotional Rescue

We need to better understand the emotional toll of wildfire


First Word: Danger & Potential

May is the time to put added focus on how each of us can be safer around electricity

Perspectives: Awakening

A fire code expert discusses what's in store as buildings reopen after COVID

News + Analysis

Dispatches: Deadly Trend

Oxygen-rich environments are fueling fires at COVID-19 hospitals around the world

Firewatch: Summer 2021

Fire incidents from across the country

Looking Back: Dinner Disaster

The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire of 1977