NFPA calls for meeting following nightclub deaths
QUINCY, Mass. - The National Fire Protection Association in late February called on its code writers to convene in a meeting to discuss the life safety issues surrounding two deadly nightclub accidents that occurred less than a week apart.
The meeting, scheduled to be held as soon as possible, called on the organizationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Technical Committee on Assembly Occupancies to review several issues either addressed or affected by NFPA code. Ninety-eight people died in a fast-moving fire in a nightclub on Feb. 20. Just three days earlier, 21people were killed on Feb. 17 at a Chicago nightclub.
Some issues that were slated to be addressed at the meeting included: minimum thresholds for requiring automatic fire sprinkler protection, allowable interior finish and decorations, adequate egress, exiting arrangements, retroactive application of code requirements and inspection and permitting.