by Chip Carson, P.E.
From the new issue of NFPA Journal®
http://www.nfpa.org/101 NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, is one of the few codes that provides a quantitative goal statement accompanied by a related set of objectives that, taken together, state the level of safety the code is trying to achieve. Most codes simply provide a plethora of requirements without necessarily defining the level of safety that compliance will accomplish. Understanding the level of safety the code is trying to achieve can help users focus on the intended goal, result in a more thorough application of its requirements, and help when judging an equivalency.