Updated Fire Safety Handbook Tackles Active Shooters, Photovoltaics

First update since 2008 covers wildland fires, smart infrastructures, photovoltaic systems and energy storage systems.   February 22, 2023

By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor 

From solar power and modular construction to active shooters and wildfires, the last two decades have seen tremendous changes in the technology, activities and materials in and around institutional and commercial facilities. Responding to these advances and changes, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has updated a critical resource for fire and life safety. 

 NFPA recently released its 21st edition of the Fire Protection Handbook, a comprehensive reference guide of fire and life safety prevention and protection information for facilities professionals involved in emergency preparedness and resilience. The NFPA Fire Protection Handbook provides exclusive content unparalleled anywhere else in the industry. The new edition reflects the latest fire protection and fire safety information, research and data, emerging technologies and safety practices. The last edition was published in 2008. 

Professionals including engineers, designers, building managers, fire prevention managers, fire service members, insurance agents, inspectors, students and other individuals who have responsibilities related to fire prevention and protection can use the Fire Protection Handbook to get the answers to their fire protection questions. 

Included in the 21st edition of the handbook are 14 new chapters that address current and emerging issues and related hazards: 

  • wildland fires and the wildland/urban interface 
  • the interconnected all-hazards fire department 
  • smart infrastructure and fire protection 
  • facilitating occupant movement during emergencies 
  • additive flame retardants 
  • solid and liquid oxidizers 
  • organic peroxides 
  • photovoltaic systems 
  • energy storage systems 
  • fuel gases detection 
  • cannabis processing facilities 
  • active shooter/hostile event operations 
  • modular construction 
  • The NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem™ 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor of the facilities market. He has more than 30 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management. 


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