There’s a good reason for the codes and standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Compliance isn’t a punishment, it’s a roadmap to safety, protection, and long term sustainability. Building Compliance vs Building Complaints (not just a spelling error)– it doesn’t have to be so overwhelming.
With over 300 codes written in “legal-ese”, it’s not always as intuitive as it should be to comply with fire safety codes so we’ve created a cheat sheet to steer you in the right direction.
300 Fire Protection Compliance Codes?!?
The likelihood is that your building does not have to comply with all 300 NFPA codes and standards. Searching the NFPA’s database can simplify the process: https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards
There are codes you’ll regularly encounter such as
|NFPA 99||Health Care Facilities Code|
|NFPA 72®||National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®|
And others that are very specific such as:
|NFPA 418||Standard for Heliports|
Compliance isn’t the goal, safety is the goal, and – in that vein – we always recommend the following precautions be taken:
Dispose of excess packaging in real-time. Piles of boxes can fuel a fire that might otherwise be easily managed.
Oily rags can spontaneously combust, it seems like the stuff of action moves, and yet, it happens all the time. Rag disposal is essential to safety.
Don’t put a lantern in the shed with the cow.
Check your fire extinguishers. An expired extinguisher is not only frustrating, it can be deadly.
A popping sound when you turn on the light is a warning! Inspect electric lines that are old or unreliable.
Refine your disaster preparedness plan for fire, earthquake, flood, locusts, and any other eventuality.
Make sure everyone knows what to do, who is in charge, how to get out, and where to go once they get out.
Bring in the experts at VFS. We’ve seen it all.
Our teams can ensure compliance and ensure that compliance isn’t all you’re doing to prevent fires. We are a full fire and life safety contractor and after-market service provider. Whether your needs are related to fire sprinkler systems, alarms systems, extinguishers, backflows, fire pumps, suppression, special hazards, monitoring, DAS systems, emergency notification (the list goes on and on) we can not only inspect and maintain those systems but we also design, build and install! With our inspections program, we manage, schedule, and track your inspections, deficiencies, and repairs so you don’t have to.
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