NFPA 1 HDBK
Fire Code Handbook
|Publication Date:||1 January 2012|
The scope includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Inspection of permanent and temporary buildings, processes, equipment, systems, and other fire and related life safety situations
(2) Investigation of fires, explosions, hazardous materials incidents, and other related emergency incidents
(3) Review of construction plans, drawings, and specifications for life safety systems, fire protection systems, access, water supplies, processes, hazardous materials, and other fire and life safety issues
(4) Fire and life safety education of fire brigades, employees, responsible parties, and the general public
(5) Existing occupancies and conditions, the design and construction of new buildings, remodeling of existing buildings, and additions to existing buildings
(6) Design, installation, alteration, modification, construction, maintenance, repairs, servicing, and testing of fire protection systems and equipment
(7) Installation, use, storage, and handling of medical gas systems
(8) Access requirements for fire department operations
(9) Hazards from outside fires in vegetation, trash, building debris, and other materials
(10) Regulation and control of special events including, but not limited to, assemblage of people, exhibits, trade shows, amusement parks, haunted houses, outdoor events, and other similar special temporary and permanent occupancies
The purpose of this Code is to prescribe minimum requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire and life safety and property protection from the hazards created by fire, explosion, and dangerous conditions.
The provisions of NFPA 1 represent the minimum levels of protection needed to provide for life safety from fire to building occupants, property protection, and enhanced emergency responder safety. Building owners should carefully consider proviwhether additional safeguards might be needed based on their specific loss tolerability. For example, meeting the requirements of NFPA 1 alone might not provide sufficient protection from fire to a highly valued risk, such as rare artwork that might be destroyed upon exposure to smoke. Such determination needs to be made based on a complete risk assessment of the property. The protection requirements of this Code can always be supplemented, but they should never be reduced.
Consideration for life safety could include occupants, fire department personnel, fire brigade members, employees, responsible parties, and the general public.