NFPA 550: Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree

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2012 NFPA 550
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Optimize fire safety performance by considering the full range of fire safety measure and their relationships as presented in the 2012 NFPA 550.

NFPA 550 describes the purpose, structure, and application of the NFPA® Fire Safety Concepts Tree. This systems-based methodology examines the interrelation of fire safety features and their effect on achieving specific fire safety goals and objectives. It identifies tools to help fire safety practitioners communicate fire safety and fire protection concepts so they can develop effective strategies and solutions.

Use the Fire Safety Concepts Tree in conjunction with the application of fire protection engineering principles to:

  • Assist with the analysis of codes or standards
  • Facilitate the development of performance-based designs
  • Provide an overall structure with which to analyze the potential impact of fire safety strategies
  • Identify gaps and areas of redundancy in fire protection strategies as an aid in making fire safety decisions

Whether you're a designer, engineer, architect, code official, or consultant, the 2012 NFPA 550 is a must-have tool that will help you maximize protection of lives and property. (Softbound, Approx. 16 pp., 2012)

NFPA® 550 Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree 2012 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Advisory Sections. (Reserved)
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
3.4 Glossary Terms
Chapter 4 Structure of the Fire Safety Concepts Tree
4.1 General
4.2 Logic Gates
4.3 Fire Safety Objectives
4.4 Prevent Fire Ignition
4.5 Manage Fire Impact
Chapter 5 Applications
5.1 General
5.2 Communications
5.3 Code Equivalency
5.4 Building Management
5.5 Building Design
5.6 Building Change Management
5.7 Performance-Based Evaluation
5.8 Research
5.9 Other Applications
Chapter 6 Limitations
6.1 General
6.2 Interaction of Concepts
6.3 Time Factors
6.4 Objectives
6.5 Quantification
Chapter 7 Use of the Tree
7.1 General
7.2 Procedure
7.3 Example
Chapter 8 Reserved
Chapter 9 Administrative Action
9.1 Administrative Action Guide
9.2 Administrative Structure
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References (Reserved)