Cumberland Times-News

January 3, 2013

Maryland updates fire safety codes

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Residents of Maryland are now protected by the most up-to-date editions of two key safety codes.

The 2012 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Code and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, both part of the National Fire Protection Association’s codes and standards, have been adopted by the State Fire Prevention Commission as part of the overall revision of the State Fire Prevention Code that became effective in Maryland on Jan. 1.

Both codes are widely used across the country to protect people and property in new and existing buildings. NFPA’s Life Safety Code, used in all 50 states, mandates building design construction, operation and maintenance requirements to protect building occupants from the dangers caused by fire, smoke and toxic fumes.

NFPA 1 integrates the two most widely adopted fire codes in the country, NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Fire Code.

The latest edition of NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. 

“Safety is our top priority,” said State Fire Marshal William Barnard. “The latest editions of these widely used codes will allow us to provide the highest level of protection for the people of Maryland. When such substantial codes are updated with the latest safety advancements, our citizens deserve to have those protections.”

Code enforcers in Maryland participated in an NFPA training program that covers the code's requirements and ways it can be best used.  NFPA made this training and the associated codebooks available free to the government code enforcement officials in the state. Training ensures that code enforcers have the latest reference materials.