As the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas approaches, the new May/June issue of NFPA Journal offers a comprehensive preview of the event—a range of feature stories and other articles reference dozens of upcoming education sessions and other conference happenings, providing attendees with an ideal planning resource while telling important fire, life safety, and electrical safety stories.
Feature stories include previews of the new editions of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, and NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; the making of the new NFPA 1616, Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Reentry Programs; how data is being used by communities to reduce fire risk; a roundtable update on the unwanted alarm problem; and a look at combustible decorative elements of buildings on the Las Vegas Strip.
Our departments include a “Perspectives” interview with a member of the Building Fire and Life Safety Directors Committee, a new NFPA group formedto develop codes and standards for buildings and facilities with occupant loads of 500 or more. “In Compliance” leads with an important NFPA 13 piece on distinguishing preliminary sprinkler plans from working sprinkler plans. Our “In A Flash” section leads with a new look at the problem of firefighter suicide and other behavior health issues in the fire service, and in “First Word” NFPA President Jim Pauley recounts a recent trip to the United Arab Emirates and NFPA’s efforts to help the nation achieve its stated goal of becoming “the safest country in the world.”
Column topics in this issue range from the continued theme of home smoke alarms for Fire Prevention Week to the need for research to keep pace with advances in robotics.
The issue also includes 27 pages of information on Expo exhibitors at the Las Vegas conference.
We hope you enjoy the issue, and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.