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Guide to Premises Security

We have been following the evolution of this document since the 2008 Edition -- with special attention to NFPA 730 Chapter 11: Education facilities.


Guide to Premises Security

November 14, 2018
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School of Aristotle | Gustav Spangenberg

NFPA 730 Guide to Premise Security is a consensus document that describes construction, protection, occupancy features, and practices intended to reduce security vulnerabilities to life and property.  Related document — NFPA 731 Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems covers the application, location, installation, performance, testing, and maintenance of electronic premises security systems and their components.   The first is a performance document; the second a prescriptive document for the construction, operation and maintenance of electrotechnologies that support premise security.

Managing large, complex, capital‐intensive educational facility infrastructure assets with unique architectural and social identities is different from managing other asset classes. Differences in everything from department culture to annual facility use patterns mean that facility managers cannot implement the same safety approaches in all buildings.  Approaches must be scaled and tailored to the occupancy type and informed by the interconnectedness and the specifics of a given facility.  Accordingly, the original University of Michigan standards advocacy enterprise (see ABOUT) began following the development of safety concepts in both NFPA 730 and NFPA 731 with the release of the 2008 Edition.   Thereafter, it collaborated with trade associations and subject matter experts from other universities (notably Georgetown University and Evergreen State University) to advocate user-interest concepts in the 2011 revisions.    A summary of advocacy action is summarized in the links below:

Code Talkers: Anthony Davis | May June 2011

14-44 Executive Summary of Work on NFPA 730 and NFPA 731 for [11-58] and [11-59] ACD-64 –

The First Draft Report of the 2020 Revision has been balloted and, with a free access account, is available at the link below:

NFPA 730 Guide to Premises Security Landing Page

Note that we have advocated for retaining Chapters 11 and 12 in NFPA 730; supporting the rejection by the NFPA 730 technical committee to move security guidance into an annex of NFPA 731.

 Comments are due November 15, 2018.

In light of the prospect of federal regulatory activity on school safety we will follow the participation of the many education industry trade associations on school security issues.  We will host a breakout teleconference on this standard — and related education facility disaster and emergency standards –on December 6th, 11 AM.



Issue: [10-3], [11-58], [14-44] and [16-127]

Category: Electrical, Telecommunications, Information & Communications Technology, Public Safety, Risk Management, #SmartCampus

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben

*Teleconference complete.



National Campus Safety and Security Project

At the moment, only the Ohio State University devotes staff resources toward the user-interest in the development of NFPA 730 and NFPA 731.   CLICK HERE for the NFPA 730 Technical Committee roster.  CLICK HERE for the NFPA 731 Technical Committee roster.  It is our thesis that the relative weakness of the user-interest on the technical committees of each of these documents — especially with regard to the chapters that deal with security in educational facilities — contributes to rising #TotalCostofOwnership of education facility security systems.  The scarcity of user-interest contributions to almost all ANSI-accredited standards developers is not the fault of the standards developing organization.

An online presentation by Michael C. Peele (Georgetown University) — one of the voting members of NFPA 730 and NFPA 731 technical committees– was recorded and is linked below.

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