Validation of the Healthcare Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) in the 2013 Edition of NFPA 101A


NFPA 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, Section 4.1.2 describes the fire safety evaluation system as follows. “The fire safety evaluation system (FSES) is a measuring system. It compares the level of safety provided by an arrangement of safeguards that differ from those specified in NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, to the level of safety provided in a building that conforms exactly with the details of the Code.”

There have been many and significant changes in the Life Safety Code since 1981. A validation is needed to ensure the values stated in the FSES still provide a valid correlation to the requirements contained in the Life Safety Code. The FSES for healthcare (Chapter 4 in NFPA 101A) is the oldest and most widely used FSES and will be validated first. The goal of the study is to determine if the healthcare FSES (2013 Edition) accurately measures equivalency with the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code.

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