The NFPA 101 “Life Safety Code” (2018 Edition) has recently been released by NFPA. Below are some of key changes to this code:
- New requirements for hazardous materials protection that goes beyond fire-related hazards
- New occupant load factors for business uses
- New requirements for risk analyses for mass notification systems
- A new reference to NFPA 4, Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing
- Animal housing facilities added as special structures
- Added requirements for carbon monoxide detection in new assembly occupancies and new residential board and care occupancies
- Added criteria for door locking to prevent unwanted entry in educational, day care, and business occupancies
- A new mandatory sprinkler requirement for all but very small new educational occupancies
- New provisions that permit health care and ambulatory health care smoke compartments up to 40,000 sqft (3,720 sqm) in area
- Added requirements for bathtub and shower grab bars
- Added requirements for attic protection requirements that impact certain new hotels, dormitories, and apartment buildings
- A new reference to NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, for medical gases in business occupancies
- A new annex that offers guidance on several NFPA hazardous materials standards
The updated code is available to review online at www.nfpa.org/101 and a free webinar is also available exclusively for NFPA members to view online.
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