2019 NFPA 551 Guide - Current Edition
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  • Description

    NFPA 551 helps users evaluate the appropriateness and execution of a fire risk assessment for a fire safety problem.

    Professionals who review or conduct fire risk assessments -- AHJs, insurance professionals, and building owners -- rely on NFPA 551, Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments to spell out the various types of fire risk assessment methods and describe the properties these methods should possess.

    Understand the basis for fire assessments and learn how to confidently:

    • Apply risk-informed decision making for fire safety
    • Select fire scenarios, identify representative challenging scenarios, and group such scenarios into clusters for the purposes of conducting more effective consequence analysis
    • Develop appropriate documentation to accompany a fire risk assessment
    • Evaluate qualifications of those conducting a fire risk assessment

    Comprehensive coverage includes:

    • Guidance on how to address uncertainty when conducting a fire risk assessment
    • Factors to consider when conducting or reviewing a fire risk assessment
    • Guidance on how to address the changing effectiveness of fire protection equipment, features, programs, and procedures
    • Discussion on the role of qualitative, semiquantitative likelihood, semiquantitative consequence, and quantitative methods in a fire risk assessment
    • Discussion on cost-benefit analysis
    • Details about proper documentation and elements of a fire risk assessment
    • Guidance on applying risk-informed decision making for various fire safety goals including the preservation of heritage resources
    • Updated Annex B, with explanatory material and references to additional guidance in other documents

    NFPA 551 also covers the purpose and importance of using an operations and maintenance manual in conducting a fire risk assessment, and the importance of using checklists that address both likelihood and consequence. (Print, 36 pp., 2019)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 551 Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments, 2019 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Qualifications for Practitioners.
    1.5 Risk.
    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.
    Chapter 4 Evaluating a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Stakeholders.
    4.3 Role of the Authority Having Jurisdiction in the Process.
    4.4 Scope of FRAs.
    4.5 Uncertainty and Variability Analysis.
    Chapter 5 Selection and Evaluation: FRA Methods
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Qualitative Methods.
    5.3 Semiquantitative Likelihood Methods.
    5.4 Semiquantitative Consequence Method.
    5.5 Quantitative Methods.
    5.6 Cost-Benefit FRA Methods.
    Chapter 6 Information Requirements
    6.1 General.
    6.2 General Quality of Information.
    6.3 Method-Specific Issues.
    Chapter 7 Documentation (Deliverables)
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Fire Risk Assessment Concept Report.
    7.3 Comprehensive Project Documentation.
    7.4 Operations and Maintenance Manual.
    7.5 Enforcement.
    Chapter 8 Review
    8.1 Technical Review Approaches.
    8.2 FRA Review Techniques.
    8.3 Review Questions.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2016 Edition

    Correctly evaluate the appropriateness and execution of a fire risk assessment for a fire safety problem with guidance in NFPA 551.

    Developed for AHJs, insurance professionals, building owners, and anyone who reviews or conducts fire risk assessments, NFPA 551, Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments identifies the various types of fire risk assessment methods and describes the properties these methods should possess.

    NFPA 551 helps AHJs and others understand the basis for fire assessments and learn how to confidently:

    • Apply risk-informed decision making for fire safety
    • Select fire scenarios, identify representative challenging scenarios, and group such scenarios into clusters for the purposes of conducting more effective consequence analysis
    • Develop appropriate documentation to accompany a fire risk assessment
    • Evaluate qualifications of those conducting a fire risk assessment

    Comprehensive coverage in the 2016 edition includes:

    • Guidance on how to address uncertainty when conducting a fire risk assessment
    • Factors to consider when conducting or reviewing a fire risk assessment
    • Guidance on how to address the changing effectiveness of fire protection equipment, features, programs, and procedures
    • Discussion on the role of qualitative, semi-quantitative likelihood, semi-quantitative consequence, and quantitative methods in a fire risk assessment
    • Discussion on cost-benefit analysis
    • Details about proper documentation and elements of a fire risk assessment
    • Guidance on applying risk-informed decision making for various fire safety goals including the preservation of heritage resources

    NFPA 551 also covers the purpose and importance of an operations and maintenance manual in conducting a fire risk assessment, and the importance of using checklists that address both likelihood and consequence. (Softbound, 27 pp., 2016)

     

    Interested in other editions of NFPA 551? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

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