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Home firesWhether it's flammable furniture or sustainable construction, today's homes present a series of fire safety challenges that warrant a closer examination. Last year, Kathleen Almand, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation attended an event sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration that explored responses to these potential threats.

In her latest NFPA Journal column, Almand discusses how she and other researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Underwriters Laboratories, and other organizations outlined the dangers the fire service may face when responding to today's home fires. Another task was to develop an action plan that could guide future research on this issue.

"Much of the Foundation's research program already focuses on how new technology affects fire hazards and changes to NFPA codes and standards," says Almand. "Perhaps this new initiative will accelerate implementation of that work into the home fire safety arena."

Read the entire column in March/April edition of NFPA Journal.

 Looking_back_600In the spring of 1865, after spending months in the notorious Confederate prison camps of Andersonville and Cahaba, all the freed Union soldiers wanted to do was to go home. That April, they finally got their chance. They boarded the Mississippi River steamship SS Sultana at Vicksburg, Mississippi, eager to see their families again, some for the first time in years. 

Most never made it home. To find out why an estimated 1,700 people died in the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history, read "Death on the River" in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal.

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