The May/June issue of NFPA Journal includes several features on changes to important NFPA codes and standards, including updates to the 2019 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®.
In “Smarter About Smoke,” Richard Roux, staff liaison for NFPA 72, outlines a handful of key changes to the code, including the addition of a date: January 1, 2022.
“That’s the day NFPA 72 will require all new installed household smoke alarms to meet listing specifications to distinguish between smoke generated by routine cooking and smoke generated by potentially more serious sources, such as furniture,” Roux writes. “This push to develop more discriminating smoke alarms is a direct response to the problem of nuisance alarms, which leads many residents to remove alarm batteries or entire alarms, significantly increasing occupants’ risk of death or injury in a home fire. The listing requirements were developed by UL at its new testing facility, and the inclusion of the date in the new NFPA 72 underscores what is arguably the most important lifesaving change in smoke alarms since their introduction in the 1960s, along with codes to require their installation.”
Roux also looks at the integration of NFPA 720, Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment, into NFPA 72; developments related to fire service access elevators and occupant evacuation elevators; communications methods for forwarding signals from protected premises to supervising stations; and enhancements to Class N pathways.
The story also includes info on four education sessions on NFPA 72 scheduled for the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.
For more information on NFPA 72, visit nfpa.org/72.