Alabama Adopts Latest Edition Of National Fire Codes

Montgomery, AL - The state of Alabama has recently adopted the majority of safety documents published in the latest edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) National Fire Codes. As a result of the adoption, NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code(tm) (NFPA 1, UFC), and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code(r) will be used to protect people and property all across the state of Alabama.

By adopting the 2003 edition of the NFPA 1, UFC, and the Life Safety Code, Alabama has implemented codes that are designed to ensure the highest degree of public safety from hazards caused by fire and explosion. They address basic fire prevention requirements and reference or extract the fire prevention and protection aspects of many other NFPA codes and standards.

Currently used in every U.S. state and adopted statewide in 35 states, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, addresses minimum building design, construction, operation, and maintenance requirements necessary to protect building occupants from danger caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. NFPA 101 is the most comprehensive code addressing safety to life from fire and similar emergencies in both new and existing buildings. The Life Safety Code can be used in conjunction with a building code or alone in jurisdictions that do not have a building code in place.

NFPA 1, UFC integrates the two most widely adopted fire codes in the country - NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Fire Code.

NFPA 1, UFC and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code are elements of the Comprehensive Consensus Codes (C3) set -- the first set of construction-related codes developed through processes accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The C3 set also includes the Uniform Plumbing Code(tm) and Uniform Mechanical Code(tm), developed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. NFPA facilitates the development of more than 300 building, fire, electrical and life safety codes and standards. More than 6500 volunteers serve on NFPA technical committees, writing NFPA model codes, standards, and recommended practices.

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