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National Fire Codes: Request for Public Input for Revision of Codes and Standards

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This notice contains the list of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents opening for Public Input, and it also contains information on the NFPA Revision Process. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is publishing this notice on behalf of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to announce the NFPA's proposal to revise some of its fire safety codes and standards and requests Public Input to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA fire safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards.


Interested persons may submit Public Input by 5:00 p.m. EST/EDST on or before the date listed with the code or standard.


Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471.

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Amy Beasley Cronin, NFPA, Secretary, Standards Council, at above address, (617) 770-3000. David F. Alderman, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 2100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, email: or by phone at 301-975-4019.

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) proposes to revise some of its fire safety codes and standards and requests Public Input to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA fire safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards. The publication of this notice of request for Public Input by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of NFPA is being undertaken as a public service; NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any of the standards referenced in the notice.

The NFPA process provides ample opportunity for public participation in the development of its codes and standards. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in Revision Cycles that begin twice each year and take approximately two years to complete. Each Revision Cycle proceeds according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events in the process. The Revision Process contains four basic steps that are followed for developing new documents as well as revising existing documents. Step 1: Public Input Stage, which results in the First Draft Report (formerly ROP); Step 2: Comment Stage, which results in the Second Draft Report (formerly ROC); Step 3: the Association Technical Meeting at the NFPA Conference & Expo; and Step 4: Standards Council consideration and issuance of documents.


NFPA rules state that, anyone wishing to make Amending Motions on the Public Comments, Second Revisions, or Committee Comments must signal his or her intention by submitting a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion by 5:00 p.m. EST/EDST of the Deadline stated in the Second Draft Report. Certified motions will then be posted on the NFPA Web site. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the Association Technical Meeting at the NFPA Conference & Expo. Documents that receive no motions will be forwarded directly to the Standards Council for action on issuance.

For more information on these rules and for up-to-date information on schedules and deadlines for processing NFPA Codes and Standards, check the Start Printed Page 24726NFPA Web site at, or contact NFPA Codes and Standards Administration.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) develops building, fire, and electrical safety codes and standards. Federal agencies frequently use these codes and standards as the basis for developing Federal regulations concerning fire safety. Often, the Office of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by reference of these standards under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

When a Technical Committee begins the development of a new or revised NFPA code or standard, it enters one of two Revision Cycles available each year. The Revision Cycle begins with the Call for Public Input, that is, a public notice asking for any interested persons to submit specific input for developing or revising a code or standard. The Call for Public Input is published in a variety of publications.

Following the Call for Public Input period, the Technical Committee holds a meeting to consider all the submitted Public Input and make Revisions accordingly. A document known as the First Draft Report (formerly ROP), is prepared containing all the Public Input, the Technical Committee's response to each Input, as well as all Committee-generated First Revisions. The First Draft is then submitted for the approval of the Technical Committee by a formal written ballot. Any Revisions that do not receive approval by a two-thirds vote calculated in accordance with NFPA rules will not appear in the First Draft. If the necessary approval is received, the Revisions are published in the First Draft Report that is posted on the NFPA Web site at for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step.

Once the First Draft Report becomes available, there is a 10 week comment period during which anyone may submit a Comment on the proposed changes in the First Draft Report. The Committee then reconvenes at the end of the Comment period and acts on all Comments.

As before, a two-thirds approval vote by written ballot of the eligible members of the Committee is required for approval of the Second Revisions. All of this information is compiled into a second report, called the Second Draft Report (formerly ROC), which, like the First Draft Report, is published, and is made available for public review for a five-week period.

The process of public input and review does not end with the publication of the First Draft Report and Second Draft Report. Following the completion of the Public Input and Comment periods, there is further opportunity for debate and discussion through the Association Technical Meeting that takes place at the NFPA Conference & Expo.

The Association Technical Meeting provides an opportunity for the Technical Committee Report (i.e., the First Draft Report and Second Draft Report) on each proposed new or revised code or standard to be presented to the NFPA membership for the debate and consideration of motions to amend the Report. Before making an allowable motion at an Association Technical Meeting, the intended maker of the motion must file, in advance of the session, and within the published deadline, a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM). A Motions Committee appointed by the Standards Council then reviews all notices and certifies all amending motions that are proper. Only these Certified Amending Motions, together with certain allowable Follow-Up Motions (that is, motions that have become necessary as a result of previous successful amending motions) will be allowed at the Association Technical Meeting.

For more information on dates/locations of NFPA Technical Committee meetings go to the NFPA Web site at​tcmeetings;​ and for NFPA Conference & Expo, go to the NFPA Web site at​conference.

The specific rules for the types of motions that can be made and who can make them are set forth in NFPA's Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards which should always be consulted by those wishing to bring an issue before the membership at an Association Technical Meeting.

Request for Public Input

Interested persons may submit Public Input supported by data, views, and substantiation. Public Input should be submitted online for each specific document (i.e.,​publicinput). Public Input received by 5:00 p.m. EST/EDST on or before the closing date indicated with each code or standard would be acted on by the Committee, and then considered by the NFPA Membership at the Association Technical Meeting.

Document—EditionDocument titlePublic input closing date
NFPA 10—2013Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers1/3/2014
NFPA 13—2013Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems5/31/2013
NFPA 13D—2013Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes5/31/2013
NFPA 13R—2013Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies5/31/2013
NFPA 14—2013Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems1/3/2014
NFPA 15—2012Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection7/7/2014
NFPA 18—2011Standard on Wetting Agents1/3/2014
NFPA 18A—2011Standard on Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation1/3/2014
NFPA 20—2013Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection7/8/2013
NFPA 24—2013Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances5/31/2013
NFPA 32—2011Standard for Drycleaning Plants1/3/2014
NFPA 35—2011Standard for the Manufacture of Organic Coatings1/3/2014
NFPA 36—2013Standard for Solvent Extraction Plants1/5/2015
NFPA 40—2011Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film7/8/2013
NFPA 51—2013Standard for the Design and Installation of Oxygen-Fuel Gas Systems for Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes7/6/2015
NFPA 51A—2012Standard for Acetylene Cylinder Charging Plants7/7/2014
NFPA 52—2013Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems Code1/3/2014
NFPA 53—2011Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres1/3/2014
NFPA 55—2013Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code7/8/2013
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NFPA 59A—2013Standard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)7/8/2013
NFPA 61—2013Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities7/6/2015
NFPA 67—2013Guideline on Explosion Protection for Gaseous Mixtures in Pipe Systems1/3/2014
NFPA 72—2013National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code5/20/2013
NFPA 73—2011Standard for Electrical Inspections for Existing Dwellings7/8/2013
NFPA 75—2013Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment1/3/2014
NFPA 76—2012Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities1/3/2014
NFPA 80—2013Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives7/8/2013
NFPA 80A—2012Recommended Practice for Protection of Buildings from Exterior Fire Exposures7/7/2014
NFPA 101A—2013Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety7/8/2013
NFPA 102—2011Standard for Grandstands, Folding and Telescopic Seating, Tents, and Membrane Structures1/3/2014
NFPA 105—2013Standard for the Installation of Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives7/8/2013
NFPA 110—2013Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems7/8/2013
NFPA 111—2013Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems7/8/2013
NFPA 115—2012Standard for Laser Fire Protection1/3/2014
NFPA 150—2013Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities7/8/2013
NFPA 160—2011Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience7/8/2013
NFPA 211—2013Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances1/3/2014
NFPA 214—2011Standard on Water-Cooling Towers1/3/2014
NFPA 225—2013Model Manufactured Home Installation Standard1/5/2015
NFPA 232—2012Standard for the Protection of Records7/7/2014
NFPA 241—2013Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations1/5/2015
NFPA 252—2012Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies1/5/2015
NFPA 257—2012Standard on Fire Test for Window and Glass Block Assemblies1/5/2015
NFPA 268—2012Standard Test Method for Determining Ignitibility of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source1/5/2015
NFPA 269—2012Standard Test Method for Developing Toxic Potency Data for Use in Fire Hazard Modeling1/5/2015
NFPA 275—2013Standard Method of Fire Tests for the Evaluation of Thermal Barriers1/5/2015
NFPA 285—2012Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components1/5/2015
NFPA 287—2012Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability of Materials in Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus (FPA)1/5/2015
NFPA 288—2012Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Horizontal Fire Door Assemblies Installed in Horizontal Fire Resistance-Rated Assemblies1/5/2015
NFPA 291—2013Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants5/31/2013
NFPA 301—2013Code for Safety to Life from Fire on Merchant Vessels7/6/2015
NFPA 303—2011Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards7/8/2013
NFPA 307—2011Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves7/8/2013
NFPA 312—2011Standard for Fire Protection of Vessels During Construction, Conversion, Repair, and Lay-Up7/8/2013
NFPA 385—2012Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids1/5/2015
NFPA 400—2013Hazardous Materials Code7/8/2013
NFPA 402—2013Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations7/6/2015
NFPA 407—2012Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing7/7/2014
NFPA 409—2011Standard on Aircraft Hangars7/8/2013
NFPA 414—2012Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Vehicles7/7/2014
NFPA 415—2013Standard on Airport Terminal Buildings, Fueling Ramp Drainage, and Loading Walkways7/8/2013
NFPA 418—2011Standard for Heliports1/3/2014
NFPA 423—2010Standard for Construction and Protection of Aircraft Engine Test Facilities7/8/2013
NFPA 424—2013Guide for Airport/Community Emergency Planning7/6/2015
NFPA 450—2013Guide for Emergency Medical Services and Systems7/7/2014
NFPA 472—2013Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents7/6/2015
NFPA 473—2013Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents7/6/2015
NFPA 475 P *Recommended Practice for Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents/Weapons of Mass Destruction1/5/2015
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NFPA 497—2012Recommended Practice for the Classification of Flammable Liquids, Gases, or Vapors and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas1/3/2014
NFPA 499—2013Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas7/7/2014
NFPA 501—2013Standard on Manufactured Housing1/5/2015
NFPA 501A—2013Standard for Fire Safety Criteria for Manufactured Home Installations, Sites, and Communities1/5/2015
NFPA 550—2012Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree1/5/2015
NFPA 551—2013Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments1/3/2014
NFPA 555—2013Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover7/7/2014
NFPA 556—2011Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles7/8/2013
NFPA 654—2013Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids7/6/2015
NFPA 655—2012Standard for Prevention of Sulfur Fires and Explosions1/5/2015
NFPA 664—2012Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities7/7/2014
NFPA 704—2012Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response7/7/2014
NFPA 820—2012Standard for Fire Protection in Wastewater Treatment and Collection Facilities7/8/2013
NFPA 900—2013Building Energy Code1/3/2014
NFPA 901—2011Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection Data1/3/2014
NFPA 909—2013Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties—Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship1/5/2015
NFPA 951 P *Guide to Building and Utilizing Data Information1/3/2014
NFPA 1000—2011Standard for Fire Service Professional Qualifications Accreditation and Certification Systems1/5/2015
NFPA 1037—2012Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshal1/5/2015
NFPA 1051—2012Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications1/5/2015
NFPA 1071—2011Standard for Emergency Vehicle Technician Professional Qualifications7/8/2013
NFPA 1072 P *Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications1/5/2015
NFPA 1122—2013Code for Model Rocketry7/6/2015
NFPA 1124—2013Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles7/7/2014
NFPA 1125—2012Code for the Manufacture of Model Rocket and High Power Rocket Motors7/7/2014
NFPA 1126—2011Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience7/8/2013
NFPA 1127—2013Code for High Power Rocketry7/6/2015
NFPA 1128PYR—2013Standard Method of Fire Test for Flame Breaks7/7/2014
NFPA 1129PYR—2013Standard Method of Fire Test for Covered Fuse on Consumer Fireworks7/7/2014
NFPA 1141—2012Standard for Fire Protection Infrastructure for Land Development in Wildland, Rural, and Suburban Areas7/7/2014
NFPA 1142—2012Standard on Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Fire Fighting7/7/2014
NFPA 1144—2013Standard for Reducing Structure Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire7/6/2015
NFPA 1145—2011Guide for the Use of Class A Foams in Manual Structural Fire Fighting7/8/2013
NFPA 1221—2013Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems7/8/2013
NFPA 1401—2012Recommended Practice for Fire Service Training Reports and Records1/5/2015
NFPA 1402—2012Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers1/5/2015
NFPA 1403—2012Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions1/5/2015
NFPA 1405—2011Guide for Land-Based Fire Departments that Respond to Marine Vessel Fires1/3/2014
NFPA 1500—2013Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program7/6/2015
* Proposed NEW drafts are available from NFPA's Web site— or may be obtained from NFPA's Codes and Standards Administration, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471.
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Dated: April 22, 2013.

Willie E. May,

Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2013-09938 Filed 4-25-13; 8:45 am]