NFPA 1: How the Fire Code and Life Safety Code work together.

Blog Post created by kristinbigda Employee on Jul 15, 2016

Today I am packing my bags for a week of committee meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Next week, the Safety to Life and Building Code occupancy Technical Committees will be holding their Second Draft meetings. Eight different committees will meet to develop the Second Draft of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code.  Just a few weeks back, the committees for the core chapters met at the same location.


NFPA 101: Life Safety Code


Did you know that NFPA 1, Fire Code extracts from NFPA 101 more than any other document?  NFPA 1 extracts from more than 50 NFPA codes and standards, but approximately 100 pages of the 650(ish) page Fire Code are directly from NFPA 101.  The Code includes provisions from NFPA 101 that address occupancy classification, building services, features of fire protection, means of egress, special structures, and occupancy specific provisions for fire protection systems, interior finish, furnishings and decorations, drills, and operating features.


Do you know how to recognize if a provision in the Code is "extracted" from another document?



A requirement extracted from another standard will contain a reference to the code/standard number and section in brackets at the end of the requirement in NFPA 1.  The edition of the document being extracted can be found in Chapter 2 of NFPA 1.  When a provision is extracted into an NFPA code, such as NFPA 1, it cannot be modified.


So, while my time next week will be spent with Technical Committees developing provisions for the 2018 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000, the work of those committees will directly impact the 2018 edition of NFPA 1 as well.  Some of the technical issues that will be up for discussion next week that may find their way into NFPA 1 are as follows:

  • occupant load factors for business occupanciesdoor locking for unwanted entry
  • open and enclosed mall structures
  • risk analyses for mass notification systems
  • carbon monoxide alarms
  • grab bars for bathtubs and showers


You can follow the work of the NFPA 1, NFPA 101, and NFPA 5000 Technical Committees by visiting their document information pages (


Off to Fort Lauderdale!  Have a great week!


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