If a multi religious sanctuary on a college campus has unattended burning votive candles, is there any exceptions for this to be allowed under the code, and if so, are there guidelines or restrictions?
If you are under the International Fire Code or want some guidance,,, look at
308.3 sorry cannot copy and paste::
It does not give a time frame of how long they can be lit!!!!
And have done a few Church fires with 24 hour burning candles
OHHH I am not an engineer, so you can discount my reply if you want, and I cannot do math.
Thank you, very helpful
NFPA also has fire prevention codes in the 2018 NFPA 1, Fire Code in Section 126.96.36.199(3) for ceremonial or religious purposes.
Excerpt from Section 188.8.131.52
Annex A guidance for the intent of the code:
Overall AHJ authority:
If NFPA 1 is the adopted code by your local jurisdiction has the legal responsibility to prohibit votive candles or permit the usage of votive candles with precautions to prevent ignition of combustibles and injury to occupants that the campus developed are satisfactory to the AHJ of the local jurisdiction.
Here are some campus policies on the use of candles including votive candles.
If your has Campus Fire Prevention Services, they may have the legal authority for fire prevention and adopted NFPA 1. If your campus has fire brigade, you may want to consult with them and submit to the AHJ ( college campus fire services and/or the local fire department) for approval.
Both of the responses have been most helpful. I was confident there was an exemption but not good yet at finding those, but the details around it are most helpful in addressing my concern. Thank you!
Keep in mind that 'separation of church and state' is NOT an acceptable excuse for any code requirements or enforcement being exempted in places of worship. Separation of church and state was passed simply to allow people to practice whatever religion they desired, in a place they desired, without government intrusion or objection. It does NOT allow for exemption of life saving fire code requirements.
Interestingly, the Code writes these exceptions right in! There are a few places where certain rules apply to assembly occupancies, but then places of worship are excepted. Exit signage in churches comes to mind.
NFPA 909 may of be of help to you. This Code also covers places of worship. Best practice is to contact and consult with the LJHA. Please keep in mind that they have the final authority of approval. Just my opinion. Hope this is helpful.
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