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January 16, 2021

“One of the Family” (1880) / Frederick George Cotman

NFPA 150 Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code has begun its 2022 revision.   Many education communities are responsible for animal safety.  From the document scope:

This standard shall provide the minimum requirements for the design, construction, fire protection, and classification of animal housing facilities.  The requirements of NFPA 150 recognize the following fundamental principles:

(1) Animals are sentient beings with a value greater than that of simple property.

(2) Animals, both domesticated and feral, lack the ability of self-preservation when housed in buildings and other structures.

(3) Current building, fire, and life safety codes do not address the life safety of the animal occupants. The requirements found in NFPA 150 are written with the intention that animal housing facilities will continue to be designed, constructed, and maintained in accordance with the applicable building, fire, and life safety codes.

The requirements herein are not intended to replace or rewrite the basic requirements for the human occupants. Instead, NFPA 150 provides additional minimum requirements for the protection of the animal occupants and the human occupants who interact with those animals in these facilities. 

A full description of the project is linked below:

Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code

The technical committee met in Miami, Florida in September and discussed public input; linked below:

NFPA 150 First Draft Agenda

NFPA 150 Second Draft Report

Balloting is now underway with the formal posting of the results no later than January 20th.

Public consultation on the Second Draft closes February 17th.

Fire Halted Outside Primate Center’s Fence Line

We have been advocating risk-informed animal safety concepts in this document since the 2013 Edition and have found that it is nearly impossible to underestimate the sensitivity of educational communities to the life safety of animals — either for agriculture or medical research.    An examination of the technical committee roster will reveal that there are no user-interests from the education industry.  As we explain in our ABOUT, the lack of user interest participation is not owed to any lack of diligence to recruit user interests by ANSI accredited standards developer.

We keep this title on the standing agenda of our periodic Prometheus, Laboratory and Food teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.   Send a request for the advance agenda to  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

Issue: [11-1] and [19-5]

Category: Fire Protection, Facility Asset Management, Academic, Risk Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Josh Elvove, Joe DeRosier

Archive / NFPA 150 Animal Housing Facilities Code


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