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NFPA Fire Code - 2012 Changes

NFPA 1 Fire Code
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Written by Steve Hudgik

Known as the "Fire Code", NFPA 1 covers all aspects of fire protection and prevention, including inspection requirements and protection of firefighters. The NFPA 1 Fire Code has 60 chapters, plus seven annexes, that provide the standards for specifying, constructing and maintaining fire protection systems.

Changes and updates to the NFPA 1 Fire Code are issued every three years. The last NFPA 1 Fire Code changes were issued in the fall of 2011 and are identified as the "NFPA 1 Fire Code 2012" changes.

The NFPA 1 Fire Code is a large document and the 2012 edition has a significant number of changes. To make it easy to see the changes are marked. Technical changes in the NFPA 1 Fire Code 2012 are marked in the code by a vertical rule next to the paragraph, table or figure in which there is a change. When a complete paragraph has been deleted, that is indicated by a bullet placed between the remaining paragraphs.

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The NFPA web sites lists the major NFPA 1 Fire Code 2012 changes as including:

Major changes reflect important safety code updates. New requirements in this edition mandate:

  • A mandate for sprinklers in all new buildings with three or more stories
  • A mandate for CO detection in new residential buildings reflecting the requirements of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
  • A mandate to include floor fire protection for new non-sprinklered one- and two-family residences
  • Two-way radio communication enhancement systems may be required by the AHJ per the NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

The NFPA makes a copy of the NFPA 1 Fire Code available online where it may be freely read. You can review the chapters of interest online to identify changes in the 2012 version. 

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