Vermont Updates Adoption of NFPA Codes

CITY OF MONTPELIER, Vt.

Vermont has updated its statewide adoption of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, to the 2006 edition of the codes.

“Setting statewide minimum requirements for life safety is an essential step in offering the best protection for the people of Vermont,” says John Wood, director of the Office of the Fire Marshal & Fire Academy. “Firefighters and building officials can now utilize updated life-saving information and training that will assist them in performing their duties well.”

The Uniform Fire Code provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. Its primary purposes are to address basic fire prevention requirements and to reference or extract the fire prevention and protection aspects of many other NFPA codes and standards.

The Life Safety Code sets minimum building design, construction, operation, and maintenance requirements necessary to protect building occupants from dangers caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. It also provides prompt escape requirements for new and existing buildings. The Life Safety Code is used in every U.S. state and is adopted statewide in 40 states.

The adoption of the codes in Vermont went into effect on June 15.

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