Properly protecting a building that contains hazardous materials can be a daunting task. Chapter 60 of NFPA 1, Fire Code, 2015 edition, provides criteria for how to properly protect a building where hazardous materials are present. Figure A.60.4.1 in NFPA 1 provides a helpful visual for how to apply the provisions of Chapter 60 :
Step 1: Classify the hazardous material.
Step 2: Determine the quantity of hazardous material to be used or stored.
Step 3: Determine if the quantity exceeds the maximum allowable quantity (MAQ) for the occupancy under consideration (for a single control area):
- If YES, apply the provisions for the applicable protection level OR apply the provisions for more than one control area
- If NO, no special construction features are required by Chapter 60