Fire Safety Codes for Buildings
The National Fire Protection Association has established approximately 300 standards and codes to minimize the risk of building fire in the United States.
Even though local, state and federal authorities are responsible for establishing their own fire-prevention codes, they base these lawmaking decisions on the NFPA Codes and Standards.
For that reason, it’s important for workers to familiarize themselves with some common NFPA codes.
NFPA 720 is the standard for installing carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment in buildings.
This standard governs the selection, design, application, location, and inspection requirements of carbon monoxide detection equipment installed in buildings and structures.
While the standard doesn’t mandate installation of CO detection and warning equipment, it does serve as the standard when a building decides to employ CO detection and warning equipment for any reason.
The standard governing clean agent fire extinguishing systems sets the minimum requirements for total flooding and local application clean agent fire extinguisher systems.
However, it does not cover extinguishing systems using carbon dioxide or water to extinguish fires.
Other NFPA documents address these means of fire extinguishing.
The NFPA 101 is the life safety code, which outlines the minimal requirements for buildings to protect its occupants from fire, smoke and other toxic fumes.
This standard outlines the installation and assembly maintenance requirements for devices that protect against spread of fire in openings in walls, floors, and ceilings.
The standard governing wet chemical extinguishing systems outlines essential requirements and recommendations for wet chemical extinguishing systems, which discharge wet chemicals from fixed nozzles and piping.
NFPA 13 provides the minimum requirements for designing and installing automatic fire sprinkler systems in buildings.
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