This comprehensive code includes regulations governing the safeguarding of life and property from all types of fire and explosion hazards. Topics include general precautions against fire, emergency planning and preparedness, fire department access, fire hydrants, automatic sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, hazardous materials storage and use, and fire safety requirements for new and existing buildings and premises.
This new updated edition of the 2006 International Fire Code continues to address both new and existing buildings, structures, premises and operations. The provisions for new construction are fully compatible with the other codes in the International Codes Series, and focus on the regulation of materials, operations and fire protection systems. The 2006 edition also regulates features which affect the ability of fire department personnel to gain access to and protect buildings, as well as to ensure firefighter safety.
Maintenance provisions for completed and legally occupied buildings are intended to ensure that the level of safety established during construction continues throughout the life of the building.
Important changes to the 2006 International Fire Code include:
- The burning of incense, candles, or other open flame in dormitory sleeping units is now prohibited.
- Firefighter safety enhanced by a new section on placards requiring indication of structural stability of dangerous and unsafe vacant buildings.
- Section 903.2.1.2 revised to increase safety in night clubs and similar occupancies.
The 2006 International Fire Code establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes, premises and safeguards regarding:
- The hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices.
- Conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises.
- Fire hazards in the structure or on the premises from occupancy or operation.
- Matters related to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression or alarm systems.
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