NFPA 140: Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages

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2013 NFPA 140
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Improved based on lessons learned, the 2013 NFPA 140 works behind the scenes to ensure fire safety.

NFPA 140: Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations provides complete safety requirements for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities used in motion picture and television industry productions -- from soundstages and approved production facilities to on-site production locations.

Includes references to the NEC®, NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code®, NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems, and other vital documents.

Provisions in NFPA 140 blend daily operational needs with the latest principles of fire protection, property protection, and life safety. New in the 2013 edition:

  • Soundstage audiences are required to receive instructions relative to the location of exits and the means used to notify them in the event of a fire or other emergency.
  • Use, mixing, dispensing or storage of flammable and combustible liquids must be per fire code.
  • Hydrants, standpipes, and fire department connections must not be blocked, obstructed, or rendered inoperative.
  • Where power from both mobile generators and site electrical services are used to energize equipment, the grounding must be bonded according to NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code®.

Staying current with NFPA 140 is critical for set designers, architects, engineers, maintenance professionals, and AHJs charged with ensuring safety. NFPA 140 does not apply to theaters, auditoriums, radio broadcast locations, or post-production facilities. (11 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 140 Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Equivalency
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Soundstages and Approved Production Facilities
4.1 General
4.2 Permits
4.3 Pyrotechnic Special Effects and Open Flames
4.4 Standby Fire Personnel
4.5 Decorative Materials
4.6 Smoking
4.7 Structural Loads
4.8 Electrical Requirements
4.9 Fire Department Access
4.10 Means of Egress
4.11 Fire Protection
4.12 Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilating
Chapter 5 Production Locations
5.1 General
5.2 Permits
5.3 Pyrotechnic Special Effects and Open Flames
5.4 Standby Fire Personnel
5.5 Foamed Plastic Materials
5.6 Smoking
5.7 Structural Loads
5.8 Electrical Requirements
5.9 Fire Department Access
5.10 Means of Egress
5.11 Fire Protection
Chapter 6 Operating Features
6.1 Waste or Refuse
6.2 Flammable or Combustible Liquids
6.3 Welding
6.4 Audience Life Safety
6.5 Emergency Services Notification
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References