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NFPA 1: Fire Code is your complete safety source for fire alarm, sprinkler, and life safety issues.

NFPA 1: Fire Code presents an integrated approach to fire code regulation and hazard management that gives fire marshals, architects, engineers, building owners -- and anyone involved with hazardous materials -- a comprehensive source of essential safety knowledge. Adopted in jurisdictions throughout North America, the Code addresses all aspects of fire protection, fire safety, and life safety through extracts from more than 50 NFPA® codes and standards, along with references to many more. Each edition reflects updates in industry benchmarks such as NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 25: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, NFPA 54: National Fuel Gas Code, NFPA 72®: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code®.

The 2012 edition of NFPA 1: Fire Code improves your ability to ensure occupant safety with added mandates for sprinklers in all new buildings three or more stories in height and CO detection in new residential occupancies, as specified by NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. This edition also requires floor fire protection for new non-sprinklered one- and two-family dwellings. In another important change benefitting fire and life safety, the Code specifies that two-way radio communication enhancement systems may be required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) per provisions in NFPA 72.

The 2009 edition of NFPA 1: Fire Code introduces the Code's new title and increases the amount of practical guidance available to users. Instead of listing references, this edition of the renamed NFPA 1: Fire Code provides extracted text addressing interior finish, contents and furnishings, and dust control requirements for industrial hazards. Fire flow requirements have been moved from the Annex to the body of the Code to ensure consistency among jurisdictions. New requirements address motion picture and television production work done on location, away from the main studio soundstages. Three new Annexes provide information and guidelines for fire fighters and other emergency responders, to help improve community and fire fighter safety.

The 2006 edition of NFPA 1: Uniform Fire Code™ adds critical information through new chapters. New Chapter 6: Classification of Occupancy defines occupancy classifications to enhance your understanding of requirements and improve compliance and enforcement. New Chapter 32: Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstage and Production Facilities works in conjunction with NFPA 140 to provide a minimum level of fire and life safety on the sets of these activities. New Chapter 33: Outside Storage of Tires includes provisions to keep tire storage safe from all potential sources of ignition. New Chapter 34: General Storage presents provisions that apply to indoor and outdoor storage of materials representing the broad range of combustibles.

The 2003 edition of NFPA 1: Uniform Fire Code integrates the two most widely adopted fire codes in the United States into a single Code. A joint venture between NFPA and the Western Fire Chiefs Association, NFPA 1: Uniform Fire Code incorporates provisions from both the Fire Prevention Code and the WFCA's Uniform Fire Code, to create a document that serves communities and jurisdictions nationwide. NFPA 1: UFC is fully compatible with regulatory adoption procedures, with separate sections containing provisions for administration and code enforcement, occupancies, processes, equipment, and hazardous materials. Essential extracts and references to more than 130 NFPA codes and standards make the code official's job easier.

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NFPA®'s Redline PDF contains both the current NFPA document and a Redline version of the document which shows changes from the previous edition marked in color. With the Redline you can quickly spot changed sections and tell specifically what has been changed from the previous edition, saving time and confusion.

  • Changed sections are marked with a vertical rule.
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  • New material appears in blue underscored type.


Sample (NEC® 2014)

411.2411.3 Definition. Low-Voltage Lighting Systems.


(A) General. Lighting Ssystems Ooperating at 30 Volts- volts or  Less. A lighting system consisting less shall consist of an isolating power supply, the low-voltage luminaires, and associated equipment that are all identified for the use. The output circuits of the power supply are shall be rated for not more than 25 amperes and  operate at 30 volts (42.4 volts peak) or lessmaximum under all load conditions.


(B) Class 2. Listed Class 2 lighting equipment shall be rated in conformance with Chapter 9, Table 11(A) or Table 11(B).


411.3411.4 Listing Required. Lighting systems operating at 30 volts or less shall comply with 411.3(A)411.4(A) or 

411.3(B).411.4(B). Class 2 power sources and lighting equipment connected to Class 2 power sources shall be llisted.