2022 NFPA 550 Guide - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Help improve your understanding and ability to apply critical fire safety concepts by referencing NFPA 550, 2022 edition.

    The Fire Safety Concepts Tree provides an overall structure for analyzing the possible effect of fire safety strategies and identifying gaps and redundancies to support fire safety decisions. NFPA 550, Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree, describes the purpose, structure, limitations, and application of the Fire Safety Concepts Tree to maximize fire safety performance.

    The guide examines the system-based methodology addressing the relationship of features of fire protection and suppression and their impact on accomplishing particular safety goals and objectives. NFPA 550 also specifies methods fire safety professionals can use to convey concepts for cultivating more effective strategies and solutions for improving fire safety and protection.

    The Fire Safety Concepts Tree used in concert with fundamental fire protection engineering principles can help users to:

    • Accurately and efficiently analyze related codes and standards
    • Consider the complete range of measures of fire safety and how they are interrelated
    • Further the advancement of performance-based designs
    • Conduct analysis of the potential influence of implementing strategic concepts
    • Promote improved decision making by identifying voids and redundant areas in strategies for fire protection

    The updated 2022 edition of NFPA 550, Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree, offers the latest knowledge and guidance for developing solutions for optimizing fire protection.

    NFPA 550 is a powerful tool for designers, architects, engineers, consultants, code officials, and others who play a role in facilitating the advancement of fire safety and performance. The guide covers the structure of the Fire Safety Concepts Tree, including logic, objectives, prevention of fire ignition, and impact management, as well as the applications, limitations, and use of the tree.

    The 2022 edition of NFPA 550 features updated references, editorial changes, and the relocation of nonstandard text into the annex material of the document where necessary.

    Give yourself or your team the resources to help impact fire safety and protection of structures by accessing and applying the Fire Safety Concepts Tree.

    NFPA is dedicated to providing the information and support to better safeguard lives and property. Get your copy of NFPA 550, Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree, 2022 edition. (Print, 24 pp., 2022)

  • Table of Contents (2022 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 550 Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree, 2022 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Advisory Sections. (Reserved)
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    3.4 Glossary Terms.
    Chapter 4 Structure of the Fire Safety Concepts Tree
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Logic Gates.
    4.3 Fire Safety Objectives.
    4.4 Prevent Fire Ignition.
    4.5 Manage Fire Impact.
    Chapter 5 Applications
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Communications.
    5.3 Code Equivalency.
    5.4 Building Management.
    5.5 Building Design.
    5.6 Building Change Management.
    5.7 Performance-Based Evaluation.
    5.8 Research.
    5.9 Other Applications.
    Chapter 6 Limitations
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Interaction of Concepts.
    6.3 Time Factors.
    6.4 Objectives.
    6.5 Quantification.
    Chapter 7 Use of the Tree
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Procedure.
    7.3 Example.
    Chapter 8 Reserved
    Chapter 9 Administrative Action
    9.1 Administrative Action Guide.
    9.2 Administrative Structure.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References (Reserved)
  • Prior Editions

    2017 Edition

     

    Optimize fire safety performance and identify solutions. NFPA 550, Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree helps users consider the full range of fire safety measures and their relationships.

    Up-to-date with the latest referenced publications, the 2017 edition of NFPA 550 describes the purpose, structure, and application of the NFPA® Fire Safety Concepts Tree. This systems-based methodology examines the interrelation of fire safety features and their effect on achieving specific fire safety goals and objectives. It identifies tools to help fire safety practitioners communicate fire safety and fire protection concepts so they can develop effective strategies and solutions.

    Use the Fire Safety Concepts Tree in conjunction with the application of fire protection engineering principles to:

    • Assist with the analysis of codes or standards
    • Facilitate the development of performance-based designs
    • Provide an overall structure with which to analyze the potential impact of fire safety strategies
    • Identify gaps and areas of redundancy in fire protection strategies as an aid in making fire safety decisions

    Whether you're a designer, engineer, architect, code official, or consultant, the 2017 NFPA 550 is a must-have tool that will help you maximize protection of lives and property. (Print, 24 pp., 2017)


    2012 Edition

     

    Optimize fire safety performance by considering the full range of fire safety measure and their relationships as presented in the 2012 NFPA 550.

    NFPA 550 describes the purpose, structure, and application of the NFPA® Fire Safety Concepts Tree. This systems-based methodology examines the interrelation of fire safety features and their effect on achieving specific fire safety goals and objectives. It identifies tools to help fire safety practitioners communicate fire safety and fire protection concepts so they can develop effective strategies and solutions.

    Use the Fire Safety Concepts Tree in conjunction with the application of fire protection engineering principles to:

    • Assist with the analysis of codes or standards
    • Facilitate the development of performance-based designs
    • Provide an overall structure with which to analyze the potential impact of fire safety strategies
    • Identify gaps and areas of redundancy in fire protection strategies as an aid in making fire safety decisions

    Whether you're a designer, engineer, architect, code official, or consultant, the 2012 NFPA 550 is a must-have tool that will help you maximize protection of lives and property. (Softbound, Approx. 16 pp., 2012)

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