NFPA 160: Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience
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What is NFPA 160?
NFPA 160: Document Scope

1.1* Scope. This standard shall provide requirements for the protection of the audience, support personnel, performers, the operator, assistants, and property where flame effects are used. A.1.1 This document details how to control the use of flame effects. The issue of permitting or prohibiting the use of open flames before an audience is in the scope of a code such as NFPA 101, Life Safety Code. The Life Safety Code has traditionally prohibited open flames within assembly occupancies.

This standard provides public safety officials, designers, performers and operators of flame effects with the latest requirements for the protection of the audience, support personnel, performers, the operator, assistants, and property where flame effects are used.

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What does NFPA 160 address?

NFPA 160 provides requirements for safe operation of flame effects used for entertainment, exhibition, demonstration, or simulation before an audience. The standard covers topics such as permits and approvals, documentation required for a flame effects plan and operator qualifications. The design, fabrication, installation, testing, control, operation, fire protection, and maintenance of equipment, materials, procedures, and systems for flame effects are included in the standard.



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