NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code®, 2009 Edition
|Item # 10109|
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"NFPA 101 is the epitome and the very best life safety code ever produced. When we look at the complexity of (today's) buildings, the architectural features, and the uses of buildings now, to have a code that is up-to-date, that takes into consideration the latest in building materials (and in) technology, is invaluable to our customers. And to those who enforce or are charged with ensuring these buildings are safe..."
Tony Apfelbeck states:
"Our state updates to the latest NFPA 101 but I'd insist on having it anyway. I'd never want to restrict a designer or other professional from using the state-of-the-art strategies contained within that protect the lives of our citizens. The Life Safety Code's occupancy based format makes it very easy for an inspector to follow, and for our customers to understand. The clearer safety requirements are, the better chance we have for compliance, not just from building owners and tenants, but also from design professionals. NFPA 101 gives me the tools I need as an enforcement official."
Fire Marshal/Building Official
Altamonte Springs Building/Fire Safety Division
Altamonte Springs, FL
Ken Bush states:
"One of the most important issues to address is to provide adequate protection where people are asleep. The 2009 edition of the Life Safety Code has taken major strides to solve this problem by basically requiring sprinkler protection in all buildings where such an increased risk to public safety exists. The Life Safety Code was also very quick to mandate sprinkler protection in assembly occupancies where the threat from fire was realized from recent incidents to avoid future problems of this nature. Where occupants are unfamiliar with their surroundings, or where conditions such as reduced lighting, high ambient noise levels, or other personal impairments exist from medical issues or alcohol consumption, fire alarm signals and egress paths may not be immediately recognized or observed. The need to further control the effects of a fire emergency is presented in reasonable fashion by efficient and cost effective measures introduced in the latest edition of NFPA 101 to address the risks in any community. I feel more secure being able to base my judgment on the knowledge and experience of those Technical Committee members who author that Code."
Senior Fire Protection Engineer
Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office
Thomas W. Jaeger states:
"The Life Safety Code has 13 technical committees and a correlating committee. Some 300 professionals, all experts in their individual areas, participate in the development of this single code, and the public participates as well. The 2009 edition of NFPA 101 incorporates current technology, types of equipment, industry demands, and addresses new hazards. None of the issues addressed by the Life Safety Code are static, and so the Code can't be either."
Thomas W. Jaeger, P.E.
Jaeger & Associates, LLC
Great Falls, VA
David Lind states:
"The Life Safety Code, like other NFPA documents, deals with buildings from cradle to grave and at every stage of the building's life. Groups throughout the U.S. are finally actively talking about residential sprinklers, and the NFPA was always on the forefront of recognizing the importance of sprinkler protection to both fire fighter and occupant safety. For example, NFPA 101 has had the sprinkler requirement for 1 and 2 family dwellings in the last 2 editions and now the 2009 edition recognizes sprinklers for any residential occupancy. My community adopts the Life Safety Code and NFPA 1 (Fire Code) in their entirety, so we take full advantage of the requirements for existing structures as a life safety evaluation tool. As soon as the print editions come out, we move them into the station. I make our people aware of the changes, and we begin enforcing the latest requirements immediately."
North Shore Fire Department
Bob Perry states:
"So many factors need to come together to make a building safe. The Life Safety Code covers all the diverse technologies and specialties involved, and everyone, including the Government accepts it, so there is nothing else like it. This is the comprehensive guidebook for the construction field. Updates in the 2009 edition reflect lessons we have learned during the past three years. Door and hardware technology is complex. Proper installation is not enough to ensure that key doors function as intended, when egress is required. NFPA 80 (Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives) now requires annual inspection of fire doors, and the 2009 edition of NFPA 101 extends the annual inspection requirement to certain egress doors in specific occupancies. This, along with other new criteria regarding doors, door openings, and egress will have a major impact on overall safety and preparedness."
Bob Perry, DAHC/CDC, CCS
Robert Perry Associates Inc.
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