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Fire Safety News and Notices

The State Fire Marshal's Office Uses the 2015 editions of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and NFPA 1 as Its Standards of Inspection

The National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code® (NFPA 101) is the adopted inspection standard of the State Fire Marshal's Office. The Life Safety Code® determines the design, construction and operation of occupied buildings. When other codes are utilized for building design elements, the standards of the Life Safety Code® prevail. Any deviation from this standard must be approved by the State Fire Marshal as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) otherwise the deviation will be considered a deficiency. The State Fire Marshal uses the other NFPA fire codes and standards for guidance in assessing and directing remediation of fire hazards in other than occupied buildings. This action is taken under the authority of the Texas Government Code, § 417.008 and § 417.0081, and the Texas Administrative Code, 28 TAC § 34.301 ff.

NFPA 1 is used by the State Fire Marshal’s Office staff when conducting inspections within their authority.

University Campus Liquid Nitrogen Cylinder Explosion

Several years ago, a compressed gas cylinder exploded in a state university campus laboratory. The explosion was attributed to dangerous alterations that had been made to the cylinder. The State Fire Marshal offers this advice on how colleges and universities can minimize the chances of similar gas cylinder-related incidents.

Natural Gas Safety Directive Issued to State Agencies and Universities

Texas state agencies and universities must ensure that natural gas piping systems that they own or control are properly maintained by conducting pressure testing of all natural gas lines in residential occupancies every 24 months is still effective. All other gas lines are to be inspected and maintained as required by 49 CFR 192.723 for master meter systems and Texas Railroad Commission Regulations. This State Fire Marshal directive provides a comprehensive guide for officials to follow, based on state and federal law as well as national safety standards, covering installation, maintenance, inspection and testing of gas piping systems.

Bars, Nightclubs and Dance Halls Fire Safety Evaluation Report by the State Fire Marshal's Office

In the summer of 2004, the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) conducted fire safety inspections of bars, nightclubs, lounges and dancehalls in eight Texas counties after studying the fire safety violations contributing to the tragic, 100-death February 2003 Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island and observing similar, recurring hazards during a county-wide inspection of bars and clubs in a Gulf Coast county in fall 2003. Of the 189 establishments inspected, 182 had means of egress violations.

A fire-related catastrophe could strike a Texas nightclub. Read the SFMO's Fire Safety Evaluation Report of Bars, Nightclubs and Dance Halls .

Co-operation with Local Fire Departments: State Universities and Agencies

Compliance with the local requirements for accessibility to facilities, compatibility of equipment, adequacy of fire suppression water supplies, and hydrants is necessary for the safety of responding firefighters and preservation of state property.

Co-operation with Local Fire Departments: Texas Facilities Commission and State Agencies

Compliance with the local requirements for accessibility to facilities, compatibility of equipment, adequacy of fire suppression water supplies, and hydrants is necessary for the safety of responding firefighters and preservation of state property.



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Last updated: 02/10/2017

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