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September/October 2013

In addition to furniture flammability, we look at the role of the fire service in integrated responses to mass-casualty shootings. Plus, an interview on corrosion in dry-pipe sprinkler systems in cultural resource occupancies.


Old Problem, Fresh Look

The problem of home fires involving upholstered furniture has been on the radar for decades. So why is it seeing yet another flurry of attention?

Strength in Numbers

Incidents in New York and Connecticut show why fire departments need to work with police and emergency medical services when responding to mass-casualty shootings.

Fire Loss in the United States During 2012

Last year, 2,855 civilian fire deaths were recorded, the fewest since 1977, according to NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division.

Catastrophic Multiple Death Fires in 2012

In 2012, U.S. firefighters responded to 1,375,000 reported fires, 17 of which killed five or more people in homes.

2012 Multiple Death Fires by Type

A breakdown of the multiple-death fires in the United States in 2012.


First Word

Protecting the process


Danny McDaniel on how Colonial Williamsburg dealt with corrosion in the sprinkler piping of its historic buildings.


In A Flash

Digital freebies, an online contest, and a kitchen fire safety theme mark this year’s Fire Prevention Week


Restaurant fire spreads in concealed spaces.

Looking Back

The 1998 explosions and fire on the Piper Alpha oil rig claimed 167 lives.



How understanding human behavior can improve fire safety.

Structural Ops

Why standpipe operating procedures in high-rises must be constantly reviewed.


Fire alarm systems, communications systems, and interconnectivity.

Electrical Safety

Why health care occupancies need reliable electrical infrastructures.

Heads Up

Should sprinklers that have been removed be allowed to be reinstalled?

In Compliance

Not all cooking operations need protection in line with NFPA 96.


Designing fire safety into homes for an aging population.

Wildfire Watch

Lessons learned, and questions still to be answered, after a trip to Russia.