Learn about the complicated history of fire escapes; take a tour of the unique new mist suppression system in St. Patrick’s Cathedral; read the 2013 U.S. fire loss and catastrophic multiple-death fire reports, and much more in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal®, due out this week.
The cover story looks at the problem with exterior fire escapes and how this Victorian-era technology persists despite its reputation for being as much a safety hazard as a safety feature. Journal also explores New York’s iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the new water mist fire protection system installed there last year to protect the building’s 30,000 square-foot attic space.
In “Perspectives,” Andrew Scott and Robert Diggs of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations talk about the challenges of designing life and fire safety features for U.S. embassies abroad.
In “First Word,” NFPA President James Pauley writes about NFPA’s initiatives to fight wildfires before they start. And, as always, the new NFPA Journal also contains numerous columns from NFPA experts to keep you up to date on the latest code, fire and life-safety news and issues.
Read the September/October NFPA Journal starting later this week in print and online at NFPA.org/Journal.