2018 NFPA 1123 Code - Current Edition

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  • Description

    Provide public and operator safety around outdoor professional fireworks with the 2018 edition of NFPA 1123.

    NFPA 1123: Code for Fireworks Display provides information on how professional outdoor fireworks displays are to be set up in order to protect both the safety of the workers handling the fireworks and those attending the fireworks display. This important 2018 edition not only clarifies existing requirements, it also adds new requirements based on industry changes.

    Trust the Code for comprehensive safety rules, such as how to:

    • Safely set up/install a professional fireworks display form the ground, elevated platforms, and floating vessels and platforms
    • Determine how far away the audience should be from the fireworks displaying
    • Establish regulations for state certification of display operators
    • Establish permits for fireworks displays

    Event and venue managers; state fire marshals, local AHJs, and other enforcing officials; insurance professionals, and display operators all need the 2018 edition with updates including:

    • Changes addressing the stability of pyrotechnic devices and mortars, including prohibiting the use of plastic or zip ties to secure devices
    • Added performance requirements covering rack construction and materials to help ensure that the entire system functions as designed and protects technicians and the public from injury should a catastrophic malfunction occur
    • New subsection 4.7.1 addressing the use of trailers that are typically dense packed and are increasingly used for firing. This new subsection includes requirements on construction materials and the security and stabilization of racks on such trailers
    • Requirements for additional information in the site plan for the use of elevated firing locations, to assist the AHJ in the evaluation and approval of spectator separation distances
    • New annex material clarifying that the term fallout area does not include areas where cardboard and nonhazardous remnants of pyrotechnic devices might fall to the ground
    • New annex material recommending the addition of eight hours of continuing education requirements for fireworks operator license renewal every four years

    Prevent injuries to the viewing audience and fires that could cause property damage.

    If you're responsible for safety around fireworks displays, don't work without the 2018 edition of NFPA 1123. (Softbound, 52 pp., 2018)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2018 Edition)

    NFPA® 1123 Code for Fireworks Display, 2018 Edition

    Chapter 1 General
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Equivalency.
    1.4 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 Requirements for Display Fireworks Aerial Shells and Equipment
    4.1 Construction of Display Fireworks Aerial Shells.
    4.2 Storage and Transportation of Fireworks.
    4.3 Installation of Mortars.
    4.4 Installation of Buried Mortars.
    4.5 Installation of Mortar Racks.
    4.6 Requirements for Chain Fusing.
    4.7 Trailer Firing.
    Chapter 5 Display Site Selection
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Minimum Spectator Separation Distance Requirements.
    5.3 Tents.
    Chapter 6 Floating Vessels and Floating Platforms
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Construction.
    6.3 Platform Sizing Requirements.
    6.4 Operations.
    6.5 Communications.
    6.6 Personnel.
    6.7 Combustible Material.
    6.8 Marine Preparation Area Separation.
    Chapter 7 Rooftops, Other Structures, and Other Limited Egress Locations
    7.1 General Conditions.
    7.2 Construction.
    7.3 Size Requirements.
    7.4 Egress Requirements.
    7.5 Rooftops and Other Structures.
    7.6 Operations.
    7.7 Flammable and Combustible Materials.
    Chapter 8 Operation of the Display
    8.1 General Requirements.
    8.2 Firing of Shells.
    8.3 Ground Display Pieces.
    Chapter 9 Electrical Ignition of a Display
    9.1 General.
    9.2 Design of Electrical Firing Units.
    9.3 Setup of Electrical Firing Units.
    9.4 Operation of the Electrical Firing Unit.
    9.5 Post-Display Operations.
    Chapter 10 Qualifications
    10.1 Operator Qualifications.
    10.2 Assistants.
    10.3 Permits Required.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Recommended Regulations for Applications for Permits for the Outdoor Display of Fireworks
    Annex C Suggested Requirements for Operator Licensing
    Annex D Extract from American Pyrotechnics Association 87-1, Standard for Construction and Approval for Transportation of Fireworks, Novelties, and Theatrical Pyrotechnics
    Annex E Display Planning and Preparation
    Annex F Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 1123
    Annex G Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2014 Edition

    Provide public and operator safety around mortars, aerial shells, salutes, and other outdoor professional fireworks with the 2014 NFPA 1123.

    NFPA 1123: Code for Fireworks Display provides information on how professional outdoor fireworks displays are to be set up in order to protect both the safety of the workers handling the fireworks and those attending the fireworks display.

    Trust this important Code for comprehensive safety guidelines, such as how to:

    • Safely set up/install a professional fireworks display form the ground, elevated platforms, and floating vessels and platforms
    • Determine how far away the audience should be from the fireworks displaying
    • Establish regulations for state certification of display operators
    • Establish permits for fireworks displays

    Keep celebrations safe. Make sure you're up on important 2014 NFPA 1123 changes, including:

    • New provisions for separation distances for marine preparation areas were added as there are many fireworks display barges being loaded near inhabited buildings and navigable waterways.
    • Spectator distances from elevated display site were increased due to the increasing number of fireworks displays taking place from such sites. New annex material clarifies these requirements.

    These changes make is easier for display operators to determine safety provisions for these types of displays and provide additional guidance for AHJs when issuing permits.

    Prevent injuries to the viewing audience and fires that could cause property damage.

    Everyone involved with such displays -- event and venue managers; state fire marshals, local AHJs, and other enforcing officials; insurance professionals, and display operators -- needs the 2014 NFPA 1123 to ensure compliance. (Softbound, 40 pp., 2014)

     

    Interested in other editions of NFPA 1123? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

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