Maximize your employees’ protection in your plant by using the 2009 rules for fire-safe design and construction found in NFPA 101: Life Safety Code.

The benchmark for safety in all types of structures has been updated with new and revised requirements that work together to minimize danger to life from the effects of fire and related hazards. The Life Safety Code establishes a minimum threshold of safety in both new and existing structures, contains a performance-based compliance option, and provides separate flexible criteria for a building’s rehabilitation vs. new construction to encourage adaptive reuse of buildings without sacrificing safety.

NFPA 101’s life safety code incorporates the research, technological advances, and industry developments to provide the advanced rules for sprinklers, alarms, egress, emergency lighting, smoke barriers and special hazard protection as well as the complete range of construction, protection, and occupancy features that impact lives every day.

Some of the changes are:
  • New criteria for remoteness of exit accesses and exit discharges minimizes the possibility of both paths becoming blocked by a single fire.
  • New evacuation strategies and technologies facilitate faster movement of more people in an emergency.
  • New requirements for inspection of door openings to ensure that fire doors are operational in an emergency.
  • New rule for two-way communication systems in areas of refuge even where the building is sprinklered means people unable to leave the area can communicate with emergency responders.
Before designing, building or rehabbing any structure, NFPA recommends that you consult the 2009 Life Safety Code. Order the handbook in print or pdf format at, and look under the heading “NFPA’s Top Ten Sellers,” or call (800) 344-3555.