NFPA 303: Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards
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What is NFPA 303?
NFPA 303: Document Scope

1.1 Scope. This standard applies to the construction and operation of marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, boat condominiums, docking facilities associated with residential condominiums, multiple-docking facilities at multiple-family residences, and all associated piers, docks, and floats. 1.1.1 This standard also applies to support facilities and structures used for construction, repair, storage, hauling and launching, or fueling of vessels if fire on a pier would pose an immediate threat to these facilities, or if a fire at a referenced facility would pose an immediate threat to a docking facility. 1.1.2 This standard applies to marinas and facilities servicing small recreational and commercial craft, yachts, and other craft of not more than 300 gross tons. 1.1.3 This standard is not intended to apply to a private, noncommercial docking facility constructed or occupied for the use of the owners or residents of the associated single-family dwelling. 1.1.4 No requirement in this standard is to be construed as reducing applicable building, fire, and electrical codes.

This standard provides requirements to protect lives and property from fire and electrical hazards at marinas and related facilities, including boatyards, yacht clubs, boat condominiums, and docking facilities.

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What does NFPA 303 address?

Provisions apply to the construction and operation of marinas and related facilities, including management issues such as maintenance of fire-fighting equipment and systems, fire department liaison, and watch service; electrical wiring and equipment; fire protection; and berthing and storage of boats. Criteria for operational hazards address heating; storage and handling of fuels, paints, solvents, and fiberglass-reinforced plastics; welding and metal cutting; and servicing LPG and CNG systems.

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