NFPA 1: How the Fire Code addresses safety for the 4th of July holiday, #FireCodefridays

Blog Post created by kristinbigda Employee on Jun 30, 2017

It's the Friday before the long 4th of July holiday weekend; the most festive and celebrated weekend of the summer.  I'm sure that thinking about fire safety may not be the first thing on everyone's mind.



However, the impacts of NFPA 1, Fire Code, are far reaching this holiday.  As a fire code is an all encompassing document for fire safety, NFPA 1 plays a critical role in protecting people and well as providing requirements to enhance emergency responder safety this 4th.


The Code provides the necessary guidance to local Authorities Having Jurisdiction to enforce safety during the many festivities occurring this holiday. Planning a backyard BBQ?  Attending a professional fireworks show? Watching a parade?  Attending a public event?  NFPA 1 affects you this holiday and can keep you safe.


Many of my past #FireCodefridays blogs have highlighted provisions in the Code related to summer activities.  Check out these past posts for additional information on July 4th related Code provisions such as grilling safety, sky lanterns, display fireworks and more!


  • Display Fireworks
    • Provisions for the storage, use, and handling or explosives, fireworks, and model rocketry are located in Chapter 65.  More specifically, Section 65.2 requires the construction, handling, and use of fireworks intended solely for outdoor display as well as the general conduct and operation of the display to be in compliance with the requirements of NFPA 1123, Code for Fireworks Display, 2014 edition.  In addition, permits are required per Section 1.12 of the Code.
  • Memorial Day Weekend (grills, patio heaters, parade floats, outdoor events)
    • Many summer activities kick off on Memorial day weekend.  Requirements for activities and equipment such as grills, patio heaters, parade floats, and other outdoor events are summarized.
  • Sky Lanterns
    • The use of unmanned, free floating sky lanterns and similar devices utilizing an open flame is prohibited by the Code.  The requirements are addressed in Section under the subsection for open flame devices.
  • Mobile Cooking Operations
    • Chapter 50 of the Code provides requirements for the design, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance of public and private commercial cooking equipment.  A majority of the requirements in Chapter 50 are extracted from NFPA's expert document on this topic, NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations.  New section 50.7 in the 2018 edition of the Code will address provisions for mobile and temporary cooking equipment, such as food truck, that are very commonly found these days at local fairs and festivities.
  • Grills and Hibachis
    • Requirements for the use of grills, hibachi, and similar devices used for cooking and heating are provided to ensure the safety of occupants and protection of property. Provisions can be found in Section 10.10.6 of the Code.


Happy Friday and Happy 4th, and thanks for reading.  Stay safe this long weekend!