I'm excited to be presenting a free webinar on Thursday, September 28 at 1 p.m. ET, which will provide an overview of the key changes in the 2018 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code. This will be a great opportunity to learn about new provisions as jurisdictions update their adoptions to this latest edition. Some of the new provisions I'll be reviewing include:
- 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 ft2 (3720 m2) 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
These are changes that you'll need to be aware of once the code hits the streets in the coming weeks. Register for the free webinar. By taking an hour out of your day on Sept. 28th, you'll save yourself hours of reviewing the new code on your own to determine what changed from the previous edition. I'll also be able to answer some of your questions, time permitting.
I look forward to seeing you virtually on September 28th! Until then, as always, stay safe.
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Did you know NFPA 101 is available to review online for free? Head over to www.nfpa.org/101 and click on “Free access to the 2015 edition of NFPA 101.”
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