Fire and Public Safety

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NPR's Michele Norris talks with Casey Grant, assistant chief engineer with the National Fire Protection Association. Grant talks about fire safety codes and standards in public buildings, and why fires like the one at a Rhode Island nightclub last night can still result in so many deaths. He also discusses how major fires, such as the Coconut Grove nightclub fire in Boston in 1942, have shaped building codes and standards over the years. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been asked by Rhode Island's fire marshal to assist with the analysis of last night's fire.



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