Code References

Legal context of the standards referenced

All reference to NFPA standards is in the context of legal requirements.  NFPA 101, Life Safety Code,2000 edition was adopted by the Department Of  Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with the publication on January 10, 2003, of the Federal Register (68 FR 1374) of a final rule entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities.” Facilities in existence at the time were given until September 11, 2003 to comply with the regulations.

The standards referenced in this handbook fall either under NFPA 101 or individually as they have been adopted into statutes by the federal, state, and local governments.

I rely heavily upon NFPA 110, 2010 edition but all editions may be mentioned.  I also reference other standards which may include NFPA 101, 110, 99, 30, 37, 70, 70E, 58, and 25. All are referred to in the context that they have been adopted into statute.

NFPA standards are provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) at 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471. Copies of NFPA standards may be obtained by calling 1-800-344-3555 or online at

Other standards may also be mentioned.  These may include but are not limited to Uniform Building Code and The Joint Commission.

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Other Code References

International Building Code

International Fire Code

National Electric Code

Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

Life Safety Code

Health Care Facilities Code

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code

Standard for Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines

Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code

Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems