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									MINNESOTA INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE Application to Schools
March, 2003 CODE SECTION:

Applicability – Construction and design provisions

Construction & design provisions apply to:  Buildings and conditions following code adoption,  Buildings and conditions not legally in existence (i.e. did not comply with previous code),  Buildings and conditions specifically identified in sections of the code,  Buildings and conditions that represent a “distinct hazard”. Applies to both new and existing conditions. All provisions of the code that are not construction or design-related apply retroactively. Allows code official to issue and enforce “stop work orders” when work conditions are dangerous or unsafe.

Wording is similar to previous fire code. Previous codes had some limited construction provisions in Appendix I-A. All other provisions required a “distinct hazard” determination by the fire chief.


Applicability – Administrative, operational, & maintenance Stop Work Orders

Previous codes required a “distinct hazard” determination by the fire chief. Use only in circumstances that are an imminent hazard (i.e. cutting/welding with no fire watch, severe overcrowding, open flames not in compliance with code, etc.).


CHAPTER 2 – Definitions
202 Definition – Occupancy Classification – Assembly Group A-1 Definition – Occupancy Classification – Assembly Group A-2 Definition – Occupancy Classification – Assembly Group A-3 Definition – Occupancy Motion picture theaters, performing arts theaters, TV and radio studios (having an audience). Drinking and dining – restaurants, cafeteria, lunchrooms. Recreation, worship, and other purposes – auditoriums (not theaters), gymnasiums, lecture halls, libraries. Indoor sporting events with spectator seating: Use this designation for theaters with fixed seating. Use this designation for cafeteria and commons areas used for dining. Use this designation for gymnasiums with movable bleachers, auditorium (without fixed seating), large lecture halls, music rooms, libraries, etc. Use this designation for gymnasiums with




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Classification – Assembly Group A-4 Definition – Occupancy Classification – Assembly Group A-5 Definition – Occupancy Classification – Business Group B Definition – Occupancy Classification – Educational Group E arenas, skating rinks, swimming pools, tennis courts. Outdoor activities: bleachers, grandstands, stadiums. Offices, educational above 12th grade (colleges, universities), laboratories for testing and research. Use of a building or portion by six or more persons for educational purposes through the 12th grade. permanent fixed seating, tennis courts, swimming pools, etc. Use this designation for outdoor grandstands, bleachers, and stadiums. Use this designation for offices and college classroom buildings. Use this designation for elementary and secondary schools (pre-school, K-12)




CHAPTER 3 – General Precautions Against Fire
304.1 Waste Accumulation Prohibits waste material that represents a fire risk from accumulating in a building or upon a premises. Prohibits waste materials from roofs, yards, courts, lots, and areas under bleachers and grandstands. Vegetation endangering property must be cut down & removed (weeds, grass, vines, other growth). Space under grandstands and bleachers must be clear of flammable & combustible materials. Cannot be used for any purpose except egress unless 1-hour fire separated. Not allowed if creates nuisance or hazard to health, safety, welfare. Materials subject to spontaneous ignition (oily rags, etc.) to be in listed disposal container.


Waste Material




Space Under Seats

304.2 304.3.1

Storage of Combustible Rubbish Spontaneous Ignition


Waste Containers

Containers over 40-gallon size must have lids. Container and lids must be non-combustible or

Commonly seen in staining and vehicle repair operations. Also seen as a problem in some cooking operations. Most common types of spontaneously ignitable substances: Tung Oil, Linseed Oil, and Peanut Oil. Allow existing plastic and fiberglass containers; prohibit cardboard containers.

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approved combustible materials. 304.3.3 Dumpsters Cannot be inside buildings or within 5 feet of combustible walls, openings, or combustible roof eaves. Contains an exception for sprinklered buildings. Contains an exception for storage in a separate building of noncombustible construction at least 10 feet from other buildings. Requires that clearances be maintained between combustible materials and ignition sources (light fixtures, heaters, flame producing devices). Hot ashes, cinders, coals, greasy/oily materials not allowed in combustible containers, within 10 feet of other combustibles (including walls), or within 2 feet of building openings. Can reduce distance to 2 feet if in covered noncombustible container. Requires a Permit for Open Flame in places of worship, entertainment, instruction, education, recreation, etc. Prohibits Class I/II liquids and LP gas. Flame to be enclosed on side. Chimneys and shades to be non-combustible materials. Candelabras to be securely fastened to prevent overturning and away from drapes, curtains, combustibles. Candles, lanterns open flame heaters are not to be located on or near decorative or combustible materials. Candles prohibited from aisles, exist, or spaces where people stand. Allows open flames devices when adequate safety precautions have been taken. Allows open flames for religious ceremonies, performances, or for decorations on tables All larger containers (over 40 gallons) must have lids.


Clearance From Ignition Sources

Heaters, kilns, and light fixtures would be common issues.


Hot Ashes & Spontaneous Ignition Sources


Open Flame


Open Flame Decorative Materials

Candles allowed but the flame must be enclosed on the sides to prevent ignition of materials and to self-extinguish if tipped over.


Open Flames and Combustibles

308.3.3 308.3.5

Aisles and Exits Theatrical Performances


Open Flames and Assembly Occupancies

A permit is required. As a condition of permit, standby firefighters should be hired. Candles allowed but see precautions in previous sections (not in aisles, exits,

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when adequate precautions have been taken. Prohibits smoking in schools and assembly areas. Provides authority to require no smoking signage. Removal, tampering, obscuration, defacing of signs is prohibited. Requires compliance with no smoking signs. Exterior openings to be boarded, locked, or otherwise secured to prevent entry. Alarm, sprinklers, and standpipes to be maintained in operable condition. Allows an exception when building is completely clear of all combustibles and no fire hazards are present. Contains an exception for unheated buildings – allows alarm and sprinklers to be out of service and standpipes converted to dry. Fire barriers, walls, and partitions separating vacant areas from remainder of building to be maintained. Openings and penetrations to be protected. All flammable and combustible waste to be removed from vacant buildings. All doors, windows, and openings to be secured to prevent entry. No waste of hazardous materials allowed. Two exceptions for buildings being renovated and for seasonally used buildings. Specifies criteria for posts:  steel,  at least 4” diameter,  concrete-filled,  spaced less than 4 ft. apart,  3 ft. deep, concrete footing of 15”,  minimum height: 3 ft. above ground,  at least 3 ft. from protected object. flame enclosed, etc.).

310.2 310.3 310.4 310.5 311.2.1 311.2.2

Smoking Prohibited No Smoking Signs Removal of No Smoking Signs Compliance with No Smoking Signs Vacant Premises - Security Vacant Premises – Fire Protection


Vacant Premises – Fire Separation

Vacated portions of schools must be fire separated from occupied areas.


Vacant Premises – Removal of Waste

Combustible storage not allowed in vacated buildings or vacated areas.


Vehicle Impact Protection

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Allows other barriers:  at least 3 ft. in height  can resist force of 12,000 lbs applied at 36” height. Requires fire separation of spaces in buildings used for storage of vehicles. Exception for LPGas powered floor maintenance devices. Exception for vehicles if battery disconnected, minimal fuel supply, and fuel tanks sealed. Must maintain free, immediate, and unobstructed access to exits. Allows indoor storage and display of vehicles provided:  Batteries are disconnected,  Fuel tank is essentially empty (5 gallons or less),  Fuel tanks and openings are sealed or secured,  No fueling/re-fueling takes place. Combustible storage to be orderly. Combustibles to be separated from heaters and heating devices. Storage to be at least 2 ft. below ceilings in non-sprinklered areas. Storage to be at least 18” below sprinklers. Prohibits combustible materials from being stored in exits or exit enclosures. Prohibits combustible materials from being stored in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms, or electrical equipment rooms. Requires 1-hour construction on storage side if these areas are used for storage. Openings to be protected. Exceptions for sprinklered areas. Prohibits the storage of motorcycles, lawn mowers, snowblowers, and portable cooking


Fueled Equipment

Fueled-equipment is allowed in schools if in fire-separated rooms or areas (onehour fire separations). This would typically be in the Receiving Room, Shops, or Indoor Garages.

314.2 314.4

Indoor Displays – Fixtures & Displays Indoor Displays - Vehicles

If school building is used for events such as car or boat shows or where vehicles are displayed in the building.


Storage in Buildings


Ceiling Clearance

315.2.2 315.2.3

Means of Egress Equipment Rooms


Attics, Under-floor and Concealed Spaces Fueled Equipment

Prohibits all combustible storage from these types of rooms. Combustible storage is not permitted even if sprinklered. Attics can be used for storage if sprinklered. Motorcycles, snowblowers, lawn mowers, etc. allowed in fire-separated rooms such


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equipment in a building. Exceptions for rooms constructed for such purpose and where allowed in other sections. Section 315.2.5.1 allows removal of such items by the code official if hazardous. as the Receiving Room, Shops, or Indoor Garage. Not allowed in other areas of the building.

CHAPTER 4 – Emergency Planning & Preparedness
401.2 401.3 Approval Notification Fire and emergency plans to be approved (when required to have plan). Fires to be reported. Emergency plans and procedures to be implemented. No person shall delay reporting of a fire to FD. Unlawful to give false alarm. FD to be notified immediately upon activation of fire alarm. Allows activation of fire alarm for purposes of conducting evacuation drills. Unlawful to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, obstruct, restrict, hamper, or block FD access or operation. Approved fire safety & evacuation plans are required for:  Group A (excludes churches under 2,000 occupants),  Group E,  Underground buildings,  Groups A, E, and M having an atrium. Specifies information to be included in evacuation plans (routes, who is required to participate, occupant accountability, alternate notification means, etc.). Specifies information for fire safety plans (procedures for reporting, notifying, relocating, or evacuating occupants; site plans showing fire department access, fire hydrants, occupant

401.3.1 401.3.2 401.3.3 401.4

False Alarm Alarm Activations Emergency Evacuation Drills Interference with FD Operations Fire Safety/Evacuation Plans – Where Required

All fire alarms to be reported to local fire department.


Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan required for all schools.


Plan Contents – Evacuation Plan


Plan Contents – Fire Safety Plan

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assembly locations; floor plans identifying exits, primary/secondary evacuation routes, areas of refuge, fire protection equipment; list of hazards; persons responsible for maintaining fire protection equipment; persons responsible for removing/controlling fuel hazards. To be reviewed and updates annually or as necessary. To be available in workplace for reference and review. Copy to be furnished to code official. Specified frequency of evacuation drills and who participates:  Group E – Monthly for all occupants, Requires that a seating plan be developed for Assembly Occupancies. Requires that an announcement be made at beginning at all plays and performances identifying the exits from the auditorium. Specific drill requirements for schools:  1st drill within 10 days of school start,  Can defer drills during severe climate conditions,  Time of day to vary,  Assembly points a safe distance from school and to provide for accountability.

404.4 404.5 405.2

Maintenance of Plan Availability Evacuation Drill Frequency


Seating Plan – Group A


Announcement at Start of Plays and Performances – Group A Fire Evacuation Drills - Schools


Schools need to have a seating plan for gymnasiums and similar spaces used for large numbers of people. Applies to plays and performing arts presentations. Not required for normal school activities or sporting events. Provides better guidance than previous codes.

CHAPTER 5 – Fire Service Features
503 Fire Apparatus Access Roads Newly constructed buildings to have FD access roads to be able to get within 150 ft. of all portions of building exterior. Contains an exception for sprinklered buildings. Requires access walkway (i.e. sidewalks) from exterior doors to FD access roads. Only applies to new buildings and additions to existing buildings.


Access to Buildings

New buildings and additions required to have sidewalks.

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505 506 Premise Identification Key Boxes Requires approved numbers, addresses, or identification on new & existing buildings. Requires key box where access is limited due to security or where needed for life safety. Section 506.2 requires that code official be notified when keys/locks have been changed. New schools to have an approved fire-fighting water supply within 400 ft. (600 ft. if sprinklered. Fire hydrants, fire department connections, & control valves not to be obstructed or blocked. 3 ft. clear space around hydrants required. Where vulnerable to impact, guard posts are required (refers to Section 312). Fire protection equipment and rooms containing critical equipment to be identified. Specifies rooms containing air conditioning controls, sprinkler controls, fire alarm controls.


Water Supplies

Only applies to new buildings and additions to existing buildings.

508.5.4 508.5.5 508.5.6 510

Obstructions Clear Space Physical Protection FD Access to Equipment

New requirement – rooms containing sprinkler controls, fire alarm controls, fire pumps, and air conditioning controls to be labeled.

CHAPTER 6 – Building Services & Systems
603 Installation of Fuel-Fire Appliances Fuel Storage – Outside Above Ground Fuel Storage – Inside Tanks Fuel-fired appliances to be in accordance with mechanical code and manufacturer’s instructions. Fuel oil storage outside in above ground tanks is limited to 660 gallons Fuel oil storage inside buildings is limited to 660 gallons. Quantities above 660 gallons are treated as Group H occupancy. Portable unvented heaters are prohibited in schools. Heating appliances to be listed and installed in accordance with building, mechanical, electrical codes and manufacturer’s instructions. Heating element to be guarded to prevent contact. Gas meters and piping to be protected against

603.3.1 603.3.2

Did not have quantity limits in previous code for outside tanks. Similar but slightly different; MUFC allowed 1,320 gallons if in separate room and sprinklered.

603.4 603.5

Portable Unvented Heaters Heating Appliances


Protection of Gas Meters

Meters and piping near roadways and

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vehicle impact. Electrical hazards to be abated. Electrical service equipment to have working space – 30” wide, 36” deep, and 78” high. Wider space required if equipment is wider. Allows approved multi-plug adapters; must be plugged directly into an outlet. Must be polarized/grounded type, listed, and have overcurrent protection. Cannot extend through walls, ceilings or under doors or floors. Extension cords cannot be used as substitute for permanent wiring. Can only be used with portable appliances. Cannot extend through walls, ceilings or under doors or floors. Open electrical junction boxes and open wiring splices prohibited. Covers required for all switch and outlet boxes. Appliances and fixtures to be listed. Lead acid battery systems over 50 gallon capacity to be separated, have spill control, ventilation, signage, and detection. Hood and duct required per mechanical code for cooking that produces grease laden vapors. Mezzanines to comply with building code. Pedestrian walkways to be constructed and maintained in accordance with the building code. Must be non-combustible construction, contain no contents, and have 2 hour fire separations from buildings (or sprinklered). (IBC 3104). driveways need to have protective posts. UFC only required 30” of working space.

605.1 605.3

Abatement of Electrical Hazards Working Space


Multi-plug Adapters

Clarifies that devices must be plugged directly into receptacle (does not allow daisy chaining of devices).


Extension Cords


Unapproved Conditions

605.7 608

Appliances Stationary Lead Acid Battery Systems Commercial Kitchen Hoods Mezzanines Pedestrian Walkways

609* 610.1* 611.1*

May apply if school has battery storage system for uninterruptible power supplies or cellular telephone system/ Similar to MUFC. Similar to MUFC. Impacts tunnels and pedestrian links.

CHAPTER 7 – Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction
703.1* Fire Resistive Construction Fire resistive construction required by the building code to be installed and maintained. Applies to following:

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703.2 704.1 Installation and Maintenance Floor Openings and Shafts Occupancy separations, Area separations walls, Draft stop partitions, Exterior wall construction, Separation of hazards, Vertical opening protection, Smoke barriers. Required fire assemblies to be provided, installed and maintained per the building code. Refers to Table 704.1 for protection of vertical openings. Allows 2 stories open in most buildings. Allows up to 5 stories open in existing buildings if sprinklered.

Fire doors to be operational. New Buildings: Can have 2 stories open to each other via stairs only if sprinklered. Existing Buildings: Stairs to be enclosed if building is 3 or more stories in height. No enclosure is required for buildings up to 5 stories in height. Even if sprinklered, a steel or solid wood door is still required.


Separation of Hazardous Areas

Requires fire separation of shops, labs, storage rooms, and boiler rooms (>400K BTU). Contains an exception for sprinklered areas (but still requires door).

CHAPTER 8 - Interior Finish, Decorations & Furnishings
801.1.1* 803.1.1 803.1.2 803.1.3 803.2 Interior Finish Explosive and Highly Flammable Decorations Fire Retardant Coatings Obstructions Foam Plastics in Group A Newly installed interior finish to meet building code. Explosive and highly flammable decorations are not permitted. Fire retardant coatings to be maintained. Furnishings cannot block or obstruct exits. Foam plastics used for decoration or scenery to have maximum heat release rate of 100 KW. Allows small quantities (under 1 lb.). Very few foam plastics will meet this requirement. Clothing and personal effects to be stored in metal lockers or sprinklered. Artwork and teaching materials limited to 20% of corridor walls.

803.3.1* 803.3.2

Clothing Storage – Group E Artwork – Group E Corridors

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804.1.1* Christmas Trees Allows natural trees without lights or open flames. Allows fire retardant artificial trees with listed lights. Trees cannot block exits or fire protection equipment. Artificial decorative vegetation to be flame resistant or flame retardant. Lights and wiring on metal trees is not allowed. Applies to decorations and trim in Groups A and I Occupancies. Curtains, drapes, hangings, and similar decorative materials suspended from walls/ceilings to be flame resistant or non combustible. Refers to Table 806.3 for interior finish requirements. Requirements vary based on occupancy, portion of egress system, and sprinkler protection. Schools and office spaces:  Exit stairs & enclosures – Class A  Exit stairs & enclosures – Class B (sprinklered)  Corridors & other spaces – Class B  Corridors & other spaces – Class C (sprinklered)  Rooms – Class C Assembly area:  Exit stairs & enclosures – Class A  Exit stairs & enclosures – Class B (sprinklered)  Corridors & other spaces – Class A  Corridors & other spaces – Class B (sprinklered)  Rooms (A-1, A-2) – Class B  Rooms (A-1, A-2) – Class C (sprinklered)  Rooms (A-3, A-4, A-5) – Class C Up to 10% of interior finish can be Class C.


Artificial Vegetation


Decorations and Trim

Curtains, drapes, hangings, and similar decorative materials in gymnasiums, auditoriums, and assembly spaces to be flame resistant treated or noncombustible. Applies to banners, flags, decorations, etc.


Interior Finish


Trim and Incidental Finish

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901.4.1 Required Fire Protection Systems Required fire protection systems to be installed, repaired, operated, tested, and maintained. Fire protection systems to be maintained in operative condition at all times. Sprinkler and fire alarm systems to be inspected and tested at least annually. Standards to be followed:  Fire Extinguishers – NFPA 10  Sprinkler Systems – NFPA 25  Fire Alarm Systems – NFPA 72 Fire official to be notified when system is out of service. Code official can require that building be evacuated or fire watch instituted until system is restored. Sprinklers required for:  Most Group A occupancies located other than level of exit discharge.  Sprinklers required for Group A having 300 or more occupants.  Sprinklers required for Group A exceeding 12,000 ft2 (5,000 in A-2). Sprinklers required for Group A-5 Occupancies (bleachers, grandstands, stadiums in following areas:  Concession stands,  Retail areas,  Press boxes,  Accessory use areas exceeding 1,000 ft2. Sprinklers required for new schools having fire area exceeding 20,000 ft2. Also required for spaces below level of exit discharge. All valves controlling water supplies to be


Inspection, Testing, & Maintenance

Sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and fire extinguishers to be inspected and maintained at least annually.


Systems Out of Service


Sprinklers Required – New – Group A

Applies to new buildings and additions to existing buildings.


Sprinklers Required – New – Group A-5

Applies to new buildings


Sprinklers Required – New – Group E Sprinkler Monitoring

Applies to new buildings.


Reduces threshold for existing from 100

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supervised/monitored. Exceptions for:  Systems less than 20 sprinklers,  Jockey pump valves that are locked open,  Valves to commercial kitchen hoods and paint spray booths that are locked open. Sprinklers required in windowless basement areas exceeding 2,500 ft2. Requires fire suppression system for commercial type cooking equipment:  New systems: where Type I hoods are installed,  Existing: where grease-laden vapors are present. Class K fire extinguisher is required for cooking equipment using animal or vegetable fats/oils.  Ventilation system to be operated whenever cooking takes place.  Grease filters to be in place whenever cooking takes place.  Hood, ducts and equipment to be cleaned as needed,  Extinguishing systems to be serviced once every 6 months,  Fusible links and sprinklers replaced at least annually. Standpipes are required for:  Buildings with floor levels 30 ft. above/below level of FD access (Class III; Class I if sprinklered),  Unsprinklered buildings greater than 10,000 ft2 and 200 ft. from point of FD vehicle access (Class I),  Unsprinklered Group A buildings over 1,000 occupants (Class I), to 20 sprinklers. Clarifies that valves serving limited areas need not be monitored.


Sprinklers Required – Existing – Group E Hood System Suppression


Existing “window-less” basements in schools need to be sprinklered if over 2,500 sq. ft. This will require suppression system in all new commercial cooking operations using Class I hood.

904.11.5 904.11.6

Commercial Cooking – Class K Extinguisher Operations & Maintenance of Commercial Cooking Equipment

New requirement. Wet chemical & dry chemical systems need inspection and maintenance every six months. Hoods, filters, and ducts to be cleaned as needed.


Standpipes Required – New

Applies to new buildings. Unsprinklered schools over 10,000 sq. ft. in size (even single story) will be required to have standpipes with 100 PSI at top of standpipe.

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905.11 Standpipes Required - Existing Fire Extinguishers – Where Required Group A-3 exceeding 12,000 ft2 and used for exhibition (Class III). Standpipes are required for existing structures with occupied floors 50 ft. above or below level of FD access. Fire extinguishers required in schools, offices, and assembly areas. Specifies size and distance to extinguisher. Allowed to omit fire extinguishers in low hazard areas that are sprinklered. Divided into two main sections:  New buildings and structures (section 907.2),  Existing buildings & structures (section 907.3). Heat detection is not required if room or area is sprinklered. Fire alarm systems required:  Group A – more than 300 occupants,  Group B: - More than 500 people, - More than 100 people above or below ground level,  Group E. Initiation by manual & automatic means, Manual pull stations only required:  Sprinklered: main office & custodial area,  Corridor smoke detection: main office, custodial area, exits from hazardous areas (shops, labs, boiler rooms, kitchens, etc.). Automatic detection required in:  Laundry rooms, locker rooms, lounges,  Boiler, furnace, mechanical, & electrical rooms,  Laboratories, shops,

Required for existing schools over 50 ft. in height. If school is sprinklered throughout with quick response sprinklers, can omit fire extinguishers in offices and classroom areas. In most schools, automatic detectors are not required if the building is sprinklered.



Fire Alarm Systems


Fire Alarm Systems – Where Required - New


Fire Alarm Systems – Initiation New Group E

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907.2.3.2* Fire Alarm Systems – Initiation – Travel Through Intervening Rooms – New Group E Kitchens, Storage & janitor closets. Smoke detection required:  Where single egress through adjoining or intervening room,  Serving 10 or more,  Located throughout common atmosphere through which egress passes. General evacuation signal:  Activation of fire alarm system,  Activation of automatic sprinkler system. Fire alarm systems required:  Group A – more than 300 occupants,  Group E. Initiation by manual & automatic means, Manual pull stations only required:  Sprinklered: main office & custodial area,  Corridor smoke detection: main office, custodial area, exits from hazardous areas (shops, labs, boiler rooms, kitchens, etc.). Automatic detection required in:  Laundry rooms, locker rooms, lounges,  Boiler, furnace, mechanical, & electrical rooms,  Laboratories, shops,  Kitchens,  Storage & janitor closets. Smoke detection required:  Where single egress through adjoining or intervening room,  Serving 10 or more,  Located throughout common atmosphere through which egress passes. General evacuation signal:

This egress arrangement is commonly found in school media centers and music areas. Also seen in some “pod” arrangements and where egress is through an adjoining resource area.


Fire Alarm Systems – Notification – New Group E Fire Alarm Systems – Where Required - Existing Fire Alarm Systems – Initiation Existing Group E




Fire Alarm Systems – Initiation – Travel Through Intervening Rooms – Existing Group E

This egress arrangement is commonly found in school media centers and music areas. Also seen in some “pod” arrangements and where egress is through an adjoining resource area.


Fire Alarm Systems – Notification

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– Existing Group E

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Activation of fire alarm system, Activation of automatic sprinkler system.

CHAPTER 10 – Means of Egress
1001.3 Special Exiting Provisions Younger children (pre-school, K, 1 and 2) to be on level of exit discharge. Can be one story above if other fire protection is present. Adds definition for aisle and amends definition for corridor. Unsprinklered  Stairs: O.L. times 0.3 = width (inches),  Other egress components: O.L. times 0.2 = width (inches). Sprinklered  Stairs: O.L. times 0.2 = width (inches),  Other egress components: O.L. times 0.15 = width (inches). Allows special locking arrangements for “time out” or behavior modification purposes. Specifies criteria necessary. Panic hardware required when occupant load is 100 or more (Group A & E only). Outdoor ramps and landings to prevent accumulation of water. Adds an amendment requiring second exit from labs exceeding 500 sq. ft. Two exit or exit access doors  Without Sprinklers: Separated by at least 1/2 of the diagonal of room dimension.  With Sprinklers: Separated by at least 1/3 of the diagonal of maximum room dimension. Maximum travel distance to an exit:  Group A, B, & E: 200’ (unsprinklered)

1002 1003.2.3

Definitions Egress Width Calculation

Allows reduction in egress width in sprinklered building. No longer contains minimum stair width from UBC (5 ft.)


Special Locking Arrangements

1003.3.1.9 1003.* 1004.2.1* 1004.2.2.1

Panic Hardware Outdoor Conditions Exit or Exit Access Doors Required Separation of Exits

Threshold changed from previous codes (50 or more).

Previous UBC required second exit at 200 sq. ft. Less restrictive than previous codes for sprinklered buildings.


Travel Distance

No longer allows for increase within fire rated corridors.

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1004.3.2 Corridors – New Buildings Group A & E: 250’ (sprinklered) Group B: 300’ (sprinklered) Corridors to be one-hour fire-rated or sprinklered throughout. Refers to the building code that requires doors in non-rated corridors to be auto-closing. Contains a separate section that amends the requirements found in other portions of Chapter 10 for existing buildings:  Exit sign illumination,  Emergency illumination power,  Guards,  Door size,  Stair dimension,  Fire escape stairs,  Corridors,  Travel distance,  Aisle width. Emergency lighting is required in:  Interior stairs,  Corridors,  Window-less areas with student occupancy,  Shops and laboratories Guards required where means of egress are open below. Guard height: at least 30 inches; 42 inches for new guards. Maximum guard opening of 6 inches. Allowed to have rise of 8.25” and run of 9 inches. Allows existing non-rated corridors in schools if:  School is sprinklered throughout,  School has monitored smoke detection

No longer required to have on-hour firerated exit corridors if the school is sprinklered. These requirements are typically less restrictive than for new buildings


Means of Egress – Existing Buildings


Emergency Lighting – Existing Schools


Guards – Existing Schools


Stair Dimensions – Existing Schools Corridors – Existing Schools


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system throughout egress system. Allows existing “dead-ends” in school corridors up to 35’ if sprinklered. 42” with seating on both sides of aisle; 36” with seating on one side of aisle.

1010.17.2* 1010.20

Dead End Corridor Limit Aisle Width – Existing Schools

CHAPTERS 11 – 45 – Special Hazards & Hazardous Materials
1408.8* Construction Barriers* Construction barriers required between occupied areas of the building and areas where cutting, welding, open flame heating, and flammable liquid use occur. Dust control system required. Also requires explosion venting or explosion suppression system. Code official can require Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP) and/or hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS). Contains specific information required for HMMP and HMIS. Maximum quantity of flam. & comb. liquids is limited to amount needed for demonstrations, maintenance, and operations not to exceed:  Class IA – 30 gallons  Class IB – 60 gallons  Class IC – 90 gallons  Class II – 120 gallons  Class IIIA – 330 gallons  Class IIIB – 13,200 gallons. Certain increases are allowed. Quantities in excess of those classify the area as “H” Occupancy. Flammable & combustible liquids in excess of 10 gallons must be stored in liquid storage cabinets. New requirement in response to several serious fire incidents in recent years.


Dust Control

Applies to new buildings and newly constructed or renovated shops. School Science Safety Checklist is acceptable in lieu of HMMP and HMIS.


Hazardous Materials Management Plan and Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement Quantity Limits – Flammable & Combustible Liquids



Liquids for Maintenance & Operation of Equipment

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