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January / February 2013 Health Care Occupancies issue

Health Care Facilities: Prepping for the Worst; 50 Years of Nursing Home Life Safety Improvements; Rebuilding a Hospital in Joplin, Missouri


Prepping for the Worst

Hurricane Sandy tested emergency procedures at health care facilities all along the East Coast. Can new provisions in NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities, help ensure things go smoother during the next big storm?

Long Time Coming

On the eve of a new requirement that all U.S. nursing homes be sprinklered, a look back at 50 years of progress and the new challenges that continue to emerge.

Rebuilding a Hospital

How key lessons learned from the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, are being incorporated into the design, construction, and emergency planning of the new Mercy Hospital Joplin.

A preview of the 2013 NFPA Conference

Scores of education sessions and seminars, hundreds of displays of products and services, and countless opportunities forprofessional networking on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.


First Word

Access + Mission


Ten years after the fire at The Station nightclub, survivor Robert Feeney tells how he became an advocate of sprinklers.


In A Flash

Offering free home sprinklers is all in a day's work for homebuilder San Davis, the newest addtion to NFPA's Faces of Fire Campaign.


Man dies after reentering burning manufactured home.

Looking Back

The Happy Land Social Club Fire



Can we design a sprinkler system without a full-scale fire test?

Structural Ops

Starting operations with fewer than four firefighters puts them at risk.


A new chapter of NFPA 72® is dedicated solely to documentation.

Electrical Safety

A feature of any emergency power system is a standby power source.

Heads Up

From an inspection standpoint, NFPA 25 is not a design evaluation standard.

In Compliance

Changes in the Life Safety Code regarding placement of items in corridors of health care occupancies.


Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.

Wildfire Watch

Costly wildfires can be pre-empted by effective planning.