It can be hard to keep track of code development and stay up to date with the latest and greatest editions of codes and standards as they are released. NFPA 1, like a majority of NFPA codes and standards, is revised on a three year revision cycle. Believe it or not, the newest edition, 2018, is out and available for adoption and use. The 2018 edition was finished over the summer and became official early this fall. It was issued by NFPA’s Standards Council on August 17, 2017, with an effective date of September 6, 2017 and an edition date of 2018. (Even harder to believe, the Fire Code Technical Committee begins its work on the 2021 edition this coming spring…no rest for the weary here!)
Lots of changes are included in the new edition. These changes respond to the needs and requests of our stakeholders by addressing new technologies, industry challenges, fire fighter safety, and even topics that have never been addressed by the Fire Code in the past, but where guidance is needed to keep occupants, buildings and fire fighters safe. Like all new editions of NFPA 1, this edition includes new definitions in Chapter 3, updates to referenced publications in Chapter 2, as well as hundreds and hundreds of revisions to the code sections extracted from 50+ other NFPA codes and standards that combine to make this document the comprehensive resource for fire inspectors. These extract updates reflect the most up to date requirements from the editions of these codes and standards as referenced in Chapter 2.
Technical changes (other than those changes to extracted text) to the 2018 edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code, include, but are not limited to, the following:
- New Section 188.8.131.52 provides guidance for the AHJ on compliance with subsequent editions of referenced publications.
- New 1.7.2 adds NFPA 1031 and NFPA 1037 as mandatory professional qualification standards for fire inspectors, plans examiners and fire marshals unless otherwise approved by the AHJ.
- New 10.2.7 establishes minimum fire prevention inspection frequencies for existing occupancies.
- Revisions to 10.11.1 provide additional criteria for premises identification.
- Revised 11.12 on photovoltaic systems to address marking for rapid shutdown, updates for roof access and ground-mounted PV installations.
- New 16.7 on rubberized asphalt melters.
- Updates to dimensional criteria for fire department access roads as well a new listing requirement for electric gate operators and systems.
- New 31.3.10 provides requirements on the outside storage of biomass feedstock.
- New 34.10.4 address the outside storage at pallet manufacturing and pallet recycling facilities.
- New Chapter 38 provides fire safety requirements for marijuana growing, processing and extraction facilities.
- New 50.7 addresses mobile and temporary cooking equipment (food trucks are included in its application).
- Complete rewrite of Chapter 52 to reflect new and current technologies for energy storage systems.
- New Chapter 55 on cleaning and purging of flammable gas piping systems mandates reference to NFPA 56.
- New Annex F on Fire Fighter Breathing-Air Replenishment Systems.
Stay tuned for future blogs where I will dive deeper into each of the major changes. For now, you can view the 2018 edition of the Code for free at www.nfpa.org/1. Also on that page, under the ‘next edition’ section you can track the development of the 2018 edition and how and why the Technical Committee voted to put the new revisions into the 2018 edition.
Which changes do you see as impacting your jurisdiction the most? Does your jurisdiction have plans to adopt the 2018 edition of NFPA 1? Share your stories below.
***NFPA Members: Don’t forget, join me on Wednesday, Dec 13 at 1PM Eastern as I discuss seasonal fire safety requirements from NFPA 1. During the live event I will also be answering follow-up questions submitted through NFPA’s online community, Xchange. Join in and be part of the conversation!***
Thanks for reading, stay safe!