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January 22, 2020
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“Prometheus creating Man in the presence of Athena” (1802) / Jean-Simon Berthélemy

Free public access to the current edition of one of the parent documents of the entire 300-odd National Fire Protection Association consensus products is linked below

2018 NFPA 1 Fire Code 

This product competes with the International Fire Code; covered in related posts.   Recognizing that both the NFPA and the ICC have well developed product promulgation enterprises, we generally concern ourselves with the next edition of any consensus product.   Note that both ICC and NFPA parent fire safety documents are developed on coincident 3-year cycles.

As tracked in previous posts public input for the 2021 revision of NFPA 1 has been received and is now posted for public comment,   You may access a compilation document of the public input at the link below:

NFPA 1 Fire Code Home Page

You will need to set up a (free) NFPA document access account to key in your own comment.  A sampling of a few of the issues in play are located in the links below:

Public Input Report / First Draft Ballot

Our primary focus lies in a few of the 70-odd chapters of NFPA 1 which assert fire safety specifics for enterprises that are common the US education industry:

Chapter 25: Grandstands and Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, Tents and Membrane Structures

Chapter 26: Laboratories Using Chemicals

Chapter 29: Parking Garages

Chapter 32: Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages and Approved Production Facilities

Chapter 35: Animal Housing Facilities

Chapter 36: Telecommunication Facilities and Information Technology Equipment

Chapter 50: Commercial Cooking

Chapter 52: Energy Storage Systems

All of the foregoing chapters set the standard of care for fire safety for economic activity that is present in education and university-affiliated healthcare facilities.   Some of the chapters have breakout documents — such as NFPA 45 Standard of Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals — which that are developed with more technical detail.  It is noteworthy that in the 2021 revision cycle of NFPA 1 there are relatively few new concepts regarding education facilities that have been proposed.

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When the Second Draft Report is released on or before February 12, 2020 we will have until March 11, 2020 to respond to the technical committee decisions according to the NFPA NITMAM process.

Alternatively, you are welcomed to click in to any of our daily teleconferences at 11 AM Eastern time or you may click in to our next Fire Protection Monthly teleconference.  See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference; open to everyone.

Issue: [18-90]

Category: Fire Safety, Public Safety

Colleagues: Mike Anthony,  Joshua W. Elvove, Joe DeRosier, Casey Grant

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