Las Vegas is a popular spot for tourists, gamblers, and even fire protection enthusiasts! NFPA is also headed there in a few months for our annual Conference & Expo. However, Vegas was also home to one of the worst fire tragedies in U.S. history and is currently home to some of the most unique fire protection systems in the world.
NFPA's Tracy Vecchiarelli, P.E.contributed an article to Engineered Systems on this very subject. She notes that the fire protection industry has learned a lot from the 1980 MGM Grand Hotel and Casino fire, which resulted in 85 deaths, of which only 18 of the victims were located on the level of the fire's origin.
Her article discusses how it was determined that smoke control systems are another way to protect occupants from the effects of fire, and the path that led to NFPA 92, “Standard for Smoke Control Systems” being developed and published.
Read Tracy's article for more information on NFPA 92 as well as some of the improvements Las Vegas has made to their fire protection practices.