September/October issue of NFPA Journal looks at fire and life safety issues in the booming commercial marijuana industry and the lessons learned from the state of Colorado

Plus, code issues in high-rise university science labs; the 2015 U.S. Fire Loss and Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires Reports; and 9/11 cancer-related deaths 

September 13, 2016 – The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), explores the building and fire safety challenges that come with the burgeoning marijuana industry as states look at legalization at the polls this November. 

In the cover story, “Growing Pains,” Associate Editor Jesse Roman explores the fast-paced commercialization history of marijuana, chronicling Colorado’s transition to medical marijuana legalization and authorized recreational use in just three short years. Growers, inspectors, fire officials, and other stakeholders weigh in on the different hazards that Colorado encountered along the way and that, in some cases, remain unresolved as other states seek to legalize pot later this fall.

Also featured in the issue:

  • High-Rise Science:  A look at the fire and lab safety code challenges the University of Texas at Austin faced as they designed a new high-rise science lab that contains all the necessary features and conveniences expected at a world-class university.
  • Fire Loss in the United States: Fires in one-and two-family homes continue to account for more than half the structure fires in the U.S., while the increase in car fires is a cause for concern.
  • Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires: The year 2015 saw the lowest number of severe-loss- of-life fires in the United States, with nine fires resulting in 42 deaths.
  • In “Perspectives”—Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the World Trade Center Health Program, explains the high rates of cancer among 9/11 first responders and recovery workers.
  • In “Outreach”—NFPA’s Lorraine Carli addresses the importance of educating college students, parents, landlords and school officials about off-campus housing fire hazards, and the lifesaving benefits of having working smoke alarms and an escape plan. 

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