NFPA 150: Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities

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2013 NFPA 150
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 150

Follow the best practices for safe animal housing facilities including first-time guidance for performance-based design in the 2013 NFPA 150.

Expanded with a new chapter on performance-based design, the 2013 edition of NFPA 150: Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities is the industry benchmark used to safeguard the health and welfare of animals while protecting human life and property.

Used by engineers, architects, and AHJs, NFPA 150 covers all types of animal housing facilities where animals are kept for any purpose, including barns, stables, kennels, animal shelters, veterinary facilities, zoos, laboratories, and racetracks.

The document is divided into three major sections:

  • Section 1 contains administrative requirements
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  • Section 2 provides general requirements for all facilities housing animals, including new Chapter 5 on performance-based design that gives designers more flexibility and assists authorities with plans review.
  • Section 3 includes specific requirements focused on the class of the facility.

Updated for industry developments and trends, the 2013 NFPA 150 also presents:

  • A new Annex on system design that takes animal reaction to alarms into consideration
  • A new construction table in Chapter 7 reflecting the 2012 edition of NFPA 5000®: Building Construction and Safety Code®.

(Softbound, 30 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 150 Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity.
1.5 Equivalency
1.6 Units
1.7 Enforcement
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 General Requirements
4.1 Goals and Objectives
4.2 Fundamental Fire and Life Safety Requirements
4.3 General Requirements
Chapter 5 Performance-Based Design Option
5.1 General Requirements
5.2 Safety-from-Fire Goals
5.3 Retained Prescriptive Requirements
5.4 Performance-Based Design Characteristics and Assumptions
5.5 Design Scenarios
5.6 Evaluation of Proposed Designs
5.7 Safety Factors
5.8 Documentation Requirements
Chapter 6 Subclassification of Animal Housing Facilities and Categorization of Animals
6.1 General
6.2 Animal Housing Facility Subclassifications
6.3 Categorization of Animals
Chapter 7 Construction and Separation Requirements
7.1 Types of Construction
7.2 Height and Area Requirements
7.3 Stall, Cage, and Enclosure Requirements
7.4 Exposure Protection
7.5 Structural Design
7.6 Fire-Rated Separations Between Animal Housing Facilities and Hazardous Areas
7.7 Wildland/Urban Interface or Wildland/Urban Intermix
Chapter 8 Means of Egress Requirements
8.1 General
8.2 Animal Occupant Load
Chapter 9 Requirements for Protection from Fire and Special Hazards
9.1 General
9.2 Sprinkler Protection
9.3 Fire Alarm Systems
9.4 Fire Extinguishers
9.5 Lightning Protection
9.6 Special Hazards
9.7 Vertical Openings
9.8 Special Requirements for Category A Animals
Chapter 10 Interior Finishes, Contents, and Furnishings
10.1 General
10.2 Insulation
Chapter 11 Class 1 Animal Housing Facilities
11.1 General
11.2 Means of Egress Requirements
11.3 Protection
11.4 Operating Features
Chapter 12 Class 2 Animal Housing Facilities
12.1 General
12.2 Means of Egress Requirements
12.3 Protection
12.4 Operating Features
Chapter 13 Class 3 Animal Housing Facilities
13.1 General
13.2 Means of Egress Requirements
13.3 Protection
13.4 Operating Features
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 150
Annex C Informational References