2018 NFPA 140 Standard - Current Edition
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    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)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2018 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 140 Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations, 2018 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 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
    Index
  • How the NFPA Handbooks Differ from Codes and Standards

    THE NFPA HANDBOOKS DIFFER FROM CODES AND STANDARDS

    Ever wonder what the difference is between an NFPA® handbook and a code or standard? We’re glad you asked.

    NFPA codes and standards both provide requirements for achieving outcomes. Handbooks take a deeper dive, providing the full text of a code or standard as well as expert commentary and features such as graphics, decision trees, testing procedures, case studies, sample forms and checklists, and other helpful aids to give a better understanding of the reasoning behind the requirements and how to apply them.

    JUST REMEMBER:

    • A code or standard is a framework—a set of rules to follow with a goal to achieve a certain result
    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • Prior Editions

    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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