2023 NFPA 140 Standard - Current Edition
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    Help protect the set to safeguard lives with critical fire and electrical safety guidelines.

    From soundstages to on-site production locations, NFPA® 140, Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations, offers comprehensive safety requirements for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of motion picture and television production facilities. NFPA 140 is a critical standard for architects, engineers, set designers, maintenance professionals, and authority having jurisdictions (AHJs) responsible for fire, electrical, and property safety.

    The 2023 edition features:

    • References to:
      • NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®
      • NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®
      • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
    • Change to the term flammable or combustible liquids to ignitible (flammable or combustible) liquids for consistency with NFPA 30
    • New reference and extract updates
  • Table of Contents (2023 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 140 Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations, 2023 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 Fire Watch.
    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 Fire Watch.
    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 Ignitible (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
  • Prior Editions

    2018 Edition

    Now with updated references to the NEC®, NFPA 13, and NFPA 101®, the 2018 edition of NFPA 140 helps you ensure fire safety on set.

    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.

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

    The 2018 edition of this critical Standard includes updated references to NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, 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. Other revisions include updated terms reflecting today's field.

    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. (20 pp., 2018)


    2013 Edition

    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)

     

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