Kentucky Adopts Latest Uniform Fire Code and Life Safety Code

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff October 4, 2006

The state of Kentucky has adopted the most recent editions of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code . The adoptions became effective in September.

“The adoption of NFPA 1 , NFPA 101 and other key NFPA codes and standards provides the most comprehensive set of safety tools that the enforcement community and building owners can have,” said Rodney Raby, Kentucky’s state fire marshal. “This adoption is just one more example of Kentucky’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of protection for those living in and visiting the Commonwealth.”

Recognized worldwide and adopted statewide in 19 states, NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. Its primary purposes are to address basic fire prevention requirements and to reference or extract the fire prevention and protection aspects of many other NFPA codes and standards.

NFPA’s Life Safety Code, which is used in every U.S. state and adopted statewide in 39 states, 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 also provides prompt escape requirements for new and existing buildings.

Kentucky will participate in a training program developed by NFPA and offered to states that have adopted NFPA 1, NFPA 101 and other key NFPA codes and standards. Taught by NFPA technical experts, the training covers all of the code’s requirements and the numerous ways it can be utilized and enforced. This training and the associated codebooks are free to government code enforcement officials.

“Adopting the most up-to-date editions of these life-saving codes and standards ensures that inspectors will have the most comprehensive information available,” said Marshal Raby. “I’m very pleased that NFPA is supporting these adoptions with expert training for fire and building officials in Kentucky.”