When buying or building a commercial building, one should be familiar with municipal and state fire codes. This is true not just so your building passes all inspections, but for the safety of those who will inhabit it.
For the purpose of fire prevention and safety, fire codes are created and enforced by a government body. There are a lot of things that can be covered by fire codes and not every aspect will apply to your company.
Similar to laws, fire codes vary from state to state, and from town to town. To stay up to date with new fire-prevention technology, both the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association update and revise their fire codes regularly. These then serve as a baseline for states, which create their own laws based on the new information or adopt the regulations without revision.
What do fire codes entail?
The wide variety of structures covered by fire codes and the constant advancement in technology make them lengthy. Commercial building owners should pay attention to some universal codes, such as how many fire extinguishers to keep on hand, whether they need a sprinkler system, and how many exits are required.
NFPA publishes more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. NFPA codes and standards, administered by more than 250 Technical Committees comprising approximately 8,000 volunteers, are adopted, and used throughout the world.