Vermont adopts new NFPA codes

Saturday, August 1, 2009

QUINCY, Mass.--The NFPA in June announced that the state of Vermont has updated its statewide adoption of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code to the 2006 edition of the codes. The adoption became effective on June 15, 2009.

“Setting statewide minimum requirements for life safety is an essential step in offering the best protection for the people of Vermont,” said John Wood, director of the Office of the Fire Marshal & Fire Academy, in a statement. “Firefighters and building officials can now utilize updated life-saving information and training that will assist them in performing their duties well.”

 The Life Safety Code sets minimum building design, construction, operation, and maintenance requirements necessary to protect building occupants from dangers caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. The Life Safety Code is used in every state and is adopted statewide in 40 states.

Vermont has participated in training and is scheduled for future instructions through programs developed by NFPA and offered to states that have adopted NFPA 1 and NFPA 101, as well as other major NFPA codes and standards.