ICC - I-CODE IFC COMM VOL I
I-CODES WITH COMMENTARIES: IFCC - INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE WITH COMMENTARY VOLUME 1
|Publication Date:||1 January 2021|
This code establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes, premises and safeguards regarding all of the following:
The hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices.
Conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises.
Fire hazards in the structure or on the premises from occupancy or operation.
Matters related to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire protection systems.
Conditions affecting the safety of fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
The code does not attempt to achieve perfection by requiring every conceivable or available safeguard for every structure, premises or operation within the scope of the code; rather, the code seeks to establish a minimum acceptable safety level to balance the many factors that must be considered, including loss statistics, relative hazard and the economic and social impact. The code is maintained through the use of a democratic code development process so that everyone affected by these minimum requirements has an equal opportunity to present his or her concern, both for and against any of the requirements.
The question is often asked, "Does the code apply only to buildings and facilities, or does it cover vehicles as well?" Though the scope text does not specifically mention vehicles, vehicles are intended to be covered by the terms of "... use of... devices..." and "... occupancy of... structures or premises..." in Items 1 and 2 of the section. It is clear that the code specifically intends to regulate vehicles because, in some cases, there are regulations in the code that are specific to vehicles, such as those in Sections 309, 319, 5706 and 5707. However, in most cases, unless vehicles are specifically mentioned, provisions in the code would not apply to them (see also Section 904.12).