2019 NFPA 150 Code - Current Edition

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  • Description

    Organized like NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, NFPA 150 is the only code to address the life safety needs of animals.

    Developed after a series of disastrous fires in racetrack stables, NFPA 150, Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code helps users evaluate the physical setting of both human and animal occupants and their level of protection in case of a fire.

    For the 2019 edition, NFPA 150 has been rewritten and changed from a standard to a code, with a layout similar to NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.

    The new Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code presents core and occupancy chapters and includes seven new animal categories, some broken down further into subcategories, each with requirements tailored to the facilities' specific hazards and safety needs.

    Every aspect of fire and life safety is covered for animals in any type of animal housing facility.

    The Code's fire protection and fire safety mitigation measures can be used in a variety of settings and environments, including barns, stables, kennels, animal shelters, veterinary facilities, zoos, laboratories, and racetracks. NFPA 150 addresses dependencies through a combination of requirements for:

    • Active protection systems such as automatic sprinkler systems and fire alarms, control of building construction and interior finish types
    • Emergency plans to assist with relocation or evacuation of the animals if needed
    • A new annex featuring a table summarizing fire protection requirements for each animal category

    NFPA 150 is critical for protecting animals wherever they are kept for any purpose.

    Architects, designers, engineers, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), as well as facility owners or operators, will advance the protection of animals on premises with this important updated edition of NFPA 150. (Softbound, 64 pp., 2019)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 150 Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code, 2019 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 Reserved
    Chapter 6 Animal Housing Categories
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Animal Housing Facility Categories.
    6.3 Multiple Categories.
    6.4 Hazard of Contents.
    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.
    7.8 Additions.
    Chapter 8 Means of Egress Requirements
    8.1 General.
    8.2 Means of Egress Components.
    8.3 Number of Means of Egress.
    8.4 Illumination and Emergency Lighting. (Reserved)
    8.5 Marking of Means of Egress. (Reserved)
    8.6 Special Means of Egress Features. (Reserved)
    8.7 Travel Distance.
    Chapter 9 Fire Protection
    9.1 General.
    9.2 Sprinkler Protection.
    9.3 Fire Detection, Alarm, and Communication Systems.
    9.4 Occupant Notification.
    9.5 Emergency Forces Notification.
    9.6 Fire Safety Functions.
    9.7 Annunciation.
    9.8 Fire Barriers.
    9.9 Smoke Barriers.
    9.10 Fire Extinguishers.
    9.11 Lightning Protection.
    9.12 Special Hazards.
    9.13 Fire Department Access.
    9.14 Utilities.
    9.15 Protection from Vehicle Damage.
    9.16 Additional Safeguards.
    9.17 Smoke Control.
    Chapter 10 Interior Finishes, Contents, Furnishings, and Storage
    10.1 General.
    10.2 Storage of Combustibles.
    Chapter 11 Category 1 — Animal Health Care
    11.1 General.
    11.2 Means of Egress Requirements.
    11.3 Fire Protection.
    11.4 Operating Features.
    11.5 Fire Barriers.
    11.6 Fire Department Access.
    Chapter 12 Category 2 — Horse Facilities
    12.1 General.
    12.2 Means of Egress Requirements.
    12.3 Fire Protection.
    12.4 Operating Features.
    12.5 Fire Barriers.
    12.6 Fire Department Access.
    Chapter 13 Category 3 — Research
    13.1 General.
    13.2 Means of Egress Requirements.
    13.3 Fire Protection.
    13.4 Operating Features.
    Chapter 14 Reserved
    Chapter 15 Category 5 — Exhibition/Public Viewing
    15.1 General.
    15.2 Means of Egress Requirements.
    15.3 Fire Protection.
    15.4 Risk Management.
    Chapter 16 Category 6 — General Board and Care
    16.1 General.
    16.2 Means of Egress Requirements.
    16.3 Fire Protection.
    16.4 Operating Features.
    16.5 Fire Barriers.
    16.6 Fire Department Access.
    Chapter 17 Category 7 — Agriculture
    17.1 General.
    17.2 Means of Egress Requirements.
    17.3 Fire Protection.
    17.4 Operating Features.
    17.5 Fire Barriers.
    17.6 Fire Department Access.
    17.7 Risk Management.
    Chapter 18 Category 8 — Emergency
    18.1 General.
    18.2 Means of Egress Requirements.
    18.3 Fire Protection.
    18.4 Operating Features.
    18.5 Fire Barriers. (Reserved)
    18.6 Fire Department Access.
    Chapter 19 Reserved
    Chapter 20 Performance-Based Design Option
    20.1 General.
    20.2 Safety-from-Fire Goals.
    20.3 Retained Prescriptive Requirements.
    20.4 Performance-Based Design Characteristics and Assumptions.
    20.5 Design Scenarios.
    20.6 Evaluation of Proposed Designs.
    20.7 Safety Factors.
    20.8 Documentation Requirements.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 150
    Annex C Animal Category Matrix
    Annex D Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    NFPA 150 addresses every aspect of fire and life safety for animals in any type of animal housing facility.

    NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities is the industry benchmark for evaluating the physical setting of both human and animal occupants and their level of protection in case of a fire event. Because current building, fire, and life safety codes do not address the life safety needs of animals, using NFPA 150 is critical for protecting animals wherever they are kept for any purpose.

    This Standard presents fire protection and fire safety mitigation measures that can be used in a variety of settings and environments, including barns, stables, kennels, animal shelters, veterinary facilities, zoos, laboratories, and racetracks. NFPA 150 addresses dependencies through a combination of requirements for active protection systems such as automatic sprinkler systems and fire alarms, control of building construction and interior finish types, and emergency plans to assist with relocation or evacuation of the animals if needed.

    Significant changes help users avoid oversights. The 2016 edition includes:

    • Clarification that NFPA 150 applies to extensive modifications to any existing building that is within the Standard's scope
    • Clarification that NFPA 150 applies to any existing building when the AHJ determines there is an imminent fire safety threat to the human or animal occupants
    • Clarification that agricultural animals are under the Category B scheme for fire protection requirements
    • Added requirement for automatic sprinkler systems and smoke control systems in facilities that board or house horses

    Architects, designers, engineers, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), as well as facility owners or operators will advance the protection of animals on premises with this important updated edition of NFPA 150. (Softbound, 29 pp., 2016)

     

    Interested in other editions of NFPA 150? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

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