Indiana Commission Adopts 2010 Fire Safety Standards

The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission adopted new National Fire Prevention Association standards. The 2010 editions of NFPA 13 and 13R go into effect September 27, 2012. Eric Flora, owner of Brenneco Fire Protection in Flora, Indiana, said the changes are a step in the right direction.

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Eric Flora, owner of Brenneco Fire Protection

Eric Flora, owner of Brenneco Fire Protection.

The adopted guidelines do a good job of clearing up possible misunderstandings about arson-type fires, inactive sprinkler systems and more that could present safety risks.

Flora, Indiana (PRWEB) September 23, 2012

The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission adopted new National Fire Prevention Association standards for statewide application. The 2010 editions of NFPA 13 and 13R go into effect September 27, 2012, and have the potential to change how people safeguard their businesses and homes. Eric Flora, owner of Brenneco Fire Protection in Flora, Indiana, said the changes are a step in the right direction.

“NFPA codes are in place to minimize the threat of a fire, and they are the standards by which fire protection service providers like Brenneco serve clients. The adopted guidelines do a good job of clearing up possible misunderstandings about arson-type fires, inactive sprinkler systems and more that could present safety risks,” Flora said.

The Indiana Commission looked at several factors when considering adoption of a new code, said David Hannum, chair of the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

“The Commission considers whether variance applications are being submitted to allow use of the newer code, the length of time between the edition Indiana has adopted and the current edition, and the magnitude of the changes between the two editions,” Hannum said.

Indiana is changing from the 1999 editions of the two standards to the 2010 version editions. This decision required careful review and time, affecting which code version the Commission decided to adopt.

“In Indiana, the rule-making process requires a great deal of fiscal impact analysis, and, in the case of NFPA 13, a very detailed review to determine the changes that had occurred since the 1999 edition. Due to the large number of significant changes and the numerous construction projects to which NFPA 13 applies, the Commission instructed staff to convene a committee of stakeholders in 2010 to review the new standard. The committee’s work, plus the required fiscal analysis, required many months of work, so the new edition wasn’t finally effective until this month,” Hannum said in September.

The updates to Indiana’s NFPA standards adoptions include NFPA 13 and 13R regarding the installation of fire sprinkler systems in commercial and residential structures. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recently published the changes to its website: http://www.in.gov/dhs/2375.htm.

Flora summarized three of the updates to NFPA 13:

1. THE “ONE FIRE” ASSUMPTION. NFPA 13 is not designed to cover multiple fires in one building. This detail could come into play in a case of arson. For example, if multiple fires were started at the same time, the pressure and amount of water needed from the sprinkler system might not be sufficient.

2. CEILING FANS AND SPRINKLER HEADS. The 2010 code adds direction regarding the installation of sprinkler heads in areas where ceiling fans are also being used. This is typically important in apartment locations that have ceiling fans.

3. INACTIVE SYSTEMS. If an inactive system is in place, components of the inactive system must be removed. This helps prevent a false assumption that a structure is protected when it actually isn’t.

More information on fire safety, fire sprinkler systems and best practices can be found at http://www.brennecofp.com.

Brenneco Fire Protection, based in Carroll County, serves all of Central Indiana with the best defenses in fire protection. Our expert team provides installation, service and inspection services for customers who believe that keeping their businesses and homes safe is a top priority. We service any size industrial, institutional, commercial or residential building. Being trusted advisors for our customers and providing the best safeguards in fire protection are at the foundation of our operations. Check out the fire inspection checklist to find out how well you are protected from the threat of a fire.


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