California first to adopt new codes

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, September 1, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California state officials in late July adopted the National Fire Protection Association’s newest building and fire codes, which will provide the basis for the state’s own building and fire codes. The state was the first to do so after changes were made to the codes in the wake of the fatal nightclub fire in Rhode Island and the crowd crush incident in Chicago.

The California Building Standards Commission voted to accept NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code and the NFPA 1 Uniform Fire Alarm Code. NFPA 5000 had changes regarding the restriction of festival seating and the requirement of sprinkler systems in some instances at certain venues.

According to the NFPA, the codes were supported by the California Fire Chiefs Association, the California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and numerous other groups.

NFPA 5000 and NFPA 1 UFC are part of NFPA’s C3 set, the Comprehensive Consensus Codes set, the first set of construction-related developed through processes accredited by the American National Standards Institute.