Fire Code Reference List


Below is a listing of local, sttate and national fire department and regulatory links.  Some or all may be relevant in your current project; however all of them worth a review for better understanding of the common goals and different approaches taken by each governing body.

 

Helpful Code and Test References:

BFD (Boston Fire Department) – Testing performed by the Fire Prevention Department Chemist):

NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) – links require FREE registration with NFPA.com to view the documents online.

  • NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code®
  • NFPA 255 – Standard Method of Test of Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
  • NFPA 260 – Standard Methods of Tests and Classification System for Cigarette Ignition Resistance of Components of Upholstered Furniture
  • NFPA 261 – Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering Cigarettes
  • NFPA 265 – Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Room Fire Growth Contribution of Textile Coverings on Full Height Panels and Walls
  • NFPA 286 – Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth
  • NFPA 701 – Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films
  • NFPA 703 – Standard for Fire Retardant—Treated Wood and Fire–Retardant Coatings for Building Materials

ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) – links to test summary

  • ASTM E 84 – Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
  • ASTM E 119 – Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials

Cal TB (California Technical Bulletin)

  • Technical Bulletin 117 – Requirements, Test Procedures and Apparatus for Testing the Flame Retardance of Resilient Filling Materials Used in Upholstered Furniture
  • Technical Bulletin 117-2013 – Requirements, Test Procedure and Apparatus for Testing the Smolder Resistance of Materials Used in Upholstered Furniture
  • Technical Bulletin 133 – Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies

CMR (Code of Massachusetts Regulations)

  • 6th Edition – expired, but still referenced in some current codes

*Current 8th edition uses ICC 2009 Code Books, with MA Amendments:

ICC – IBC (International Code Council – International Building Code)

  • 2009 Edition
    • Chapter 8 – Interior Finishes
    • Chapter 23 –  Wood