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The definitions contained in this chapter shall apply to the terms used in this Code. Where terms are not defined in this chapter or within another chapter, they shall be defined using their ordinarily accepted meanings within the context in which they are used. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, shall be the source for the ordinarily accepted meaning.
A document that is advisory or informative in nature and that contains only nonmandatory provisions. A guide may contain mandatory statements such as when a guide can be used, but the document as a whole is not suitable for adoption into law.
Equipment or materials to which has been attached a label, symbol, or other identifying mark of an organization that is acceptable to the AHJ and concerned with product evaluation, that maintains periodic inspection of production of labeled equipment or materials, and by whose labeling the manufacturer indicates compliance with appropriate standards or performance in a specified manner.
Equipment, materials, or services included in a list published by an organization that is acceptable to the AHJ and concerned with evaluation of products or services, that maintains periodic inspection of production of listed equipment or materials or periodic evaluation of services, and whose listing states that either the equipment, material, or service meets appropriate designated standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified purpose.
Indicates a mandatory requirement.
Indicates a recommendation or that which is advised but not required.
A document, the main text of which contains only mandatory provisions using the word "shall" to indicate requirements and which is in a form generally suitable for mandatory reference by another standard or code or for adoption into law. Nonmandatory provisions shall be located in an appendix or annex, footnote, or fine-print note and are not to be considered a part of the requirements of a standard.
Pressure based on a zero reference point, the perfect vacuum. [55, 2013]
An area on land or water that is used or intended to be used for the landing and takeoff of aircraft and includes buildings and facilities. [402, 2013]
Any outdoor area, including aprons and hardstands, where aircraft can be positioned, stored, serviced, or maintained, irrespective of the nature of the surface of the area. [415, 2013]
The horizontal dimension between the face of the loads in racks under consideration. [13, 2013]
A warning of danger. [72, 2013]
An alcohol-containing preparation designed for application to the hands for reducing the number of visible microorganisms on the hands and containing ethanol or isopropanol in an amount not exceeding 95 percent by volume.
The designation for American National Standards Institute publication sponsored and published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
The area of a mercantile occupancy that is physically separated from the sales area and not intended to be accessible to the public. [30B, 2015]
An area of a building separated from the remainder of the building by construction having a fire resistance of at least 1 hour and having all communicating openings properly protected by an assembly having a fire resistance rating of at least 1 hour. [30, 2015]
An area that is within a building or structure having overhead cover, other than a structure qualifying as "weather protection" in accordance with Section 6.6 of NFPA 55, Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code. [55, 2013]
A specific location designed and approved for hot work operations that is maintained fire safe such as a maintenance shop or a detached outside location that is of noncombustible or fire-resistive construction, essentially free of combustible and flammable contents, and suitably segregated from adjacent areas. [51B, 2014]
Any fully enclosed, partly enclosed, or unenclosed area in which dangerous quantities of flammable or combustible vapors, mists, residues, dusts, or deposits are present due to the operation of spray processes, including (1) any area in the direct path of a spray application process; (2) the interior of a spray booth or spray room or limited finishing workstation, as herein defined; (3) the interior of any exhaust plenum, eliminator section, or scrubber section; (4) the interior of any exhaust duct or exhaust stack leading from a spray application process; (5) the interior of any air recirculation filter house or enclosure, including secondary recirculation particulate filters; (6) any solvent concentrator (pollution abatement) unit or solvent recovery (distillation) unit. The following shall not be considered part of the spray area: (1) Fresh air make-up units; (2) Air supply ducts and air supply plenums; (3) Recirculation air supply ducts downstream of secondary filters; (4) Exhaust ducts from solvent concentrator (pollution abatement) units. [33,2011]
American Society of Mechanical Engineers. [58, 2014]
American Society for Testing and Materials, now known as "ASTM International." [55, 2013]
The maximum height at which commodities can be stored above the floor and still maintain necessary clearance from structural members and the required clearance below sprinklers. [13, 2013]
A natural seed fiber wrapped and secured in industry-accepted materials, usually consisting of burlap, woven polypropylene, or sheet polyethylene, and secured with steel, synthetic, or wire bands, or wire; also includes linters (lint removed from the cottonseed) and motes (residual materials from the ginning process).
Cotton, made into banded bales, with a packing density of at least 22 lb/ft3 (360 kg/m3), and dimensions complying with the following: a length of 55 in. (ca. 1400 mm ± 20 mm), a width of 21 in. (ca. 530 mm ± 20 mm), and a height of 27.6 in. to 35.4 in. (700 mm to 900 mm).
A cotton bale within which a fire has been packed as a result of a process in which ginning is the most frequent cause.
An unwrapped cotton bale secured with wire or steel straps.
A unit of volume used in the petroleum industry that is equal to 42 gal (159 L). [30, 2015]
A storage battery that consists of lithium ions imbedded in a carbon graphite or nickel metal-oxide substrate. The electrolyte is a carbonate mixture or a gelled polymer. The lithium ions are the charge carriers of the battery.
A lead-acid battery consisting of sealed cells furnished with a valve that opens to vent the battery whenever the internal pressure of the battery exceeds the ambient pressure by a set amount.
A lead-acid battery consisting of cells that have electrodes immersed in liquid electrolyte.
Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy. [101, 2015]
A structure used primarily for air passenger enplaning or deplaning, including ticket sales, flight information, baggage handling, and other necessary functions in connection with air transport operations. This term includes any extensions and satellite buildings used for passenger handling or aircraft flight service functions. Aircraft loading walkways and "mobile lounges" are excluded. [415, 2013]
A building having only one common wall with another building having other types of occupancies.
A building erected or officially authorized prior to the effective date of the adoption of this edition of the Code by the agency or jurisdiction. [101, 2015]
A building where the floor of an occupiable story is greater than 75 ft (23 m) above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. [5000, 2015]
A building that is considered not expendable in an exposure fire. [30, 2015]
A building that is temporary, permanent, or mobile and contains a device or system that conveys passengers or provides a walkway along, around, or over a course in any direction as a form of amusement arranged so that the egress path is not readily apparent due to visual or audio distractions or an intentionally confounded egress path, or is not readily available due to the mode of conveyance through the building or structure. [101, 2015]
A three-dimensional space that is enclosed by a roof and walls that cover more than one-half of the possible area of the sides of the space, is of sufficient size to allow entry by personnel, will likely limit the dissipation of heat or dispersion of vapors, and restricts access for fire fighting. [30, 2015]
A technique to resist the corrosion of a metal surface by making the surface the cathode of an electrochemical cell. [55, 2013]
A person who demonstrates an understanding of the principles and measurements of all common types of cathodic protection systems applicable to metal piping and container systems and who has education and experience in soil resistivity, stray current, structure-to-soil potential, and component electrical isolation measurements of metal piping and container systems. [55, 2013]
A written document issued by the AHJ to any person for the purpose of granting permission to such person to conduct or engage in any operation or act for which certification is required.
The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States Government.
Compressed Gas Association.
The amount of heat released, in Btu/lb (kJ/g), when a substance is oxidized to yield stable end products, including water as a vapor, as measured under actual fire conditions in a normal ambient (air) atmosphere. [30B, 2015]
The scientific designation of a chemical in accordance with the nomenclature system developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry or the Chemical Abstracts Service rules of nomenclature, or a name that clearly identifies a chemical for the purpose of conducting an evaluation.
A wood chip of various species used in the manufacture of pulp.
A defined space in which the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to specified limits. [318, 2015]
A room in which the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to specified limits, including areas below the raised floor and above the ceiling grid if these areas are part of the air path and within the rated construction. [5000, 2015]
A dike with a cover intended to minimize the entrance of precipitation into the diked area. [30, 2015]
A device used to dry wet laundry by means of heat derived from the combustion of fuel or from electric heating elements. [211, 2013]
The mechanical or mechanical construction code adopted by the jurisdiction. [55, 2013]
A single ranked pile of logs with individual logs of regular or irregular length usually 20 ft to 50 ft (6.1 m to 15.2 m) long, but greater than 8 ft (2.4 m) long.
Any material in a fibrous or shredded form that readily ignites when heat sources are present.
A chemical process of oxidation that occurs at a rate fast enough to produce heat and usually light in the form of either a glow or flame.
A space within a building that is enclosed by fire barriers on all sides, including the top and bottom. [101, 2015]
A space within a building enclosed by smoke barriers on all sides, including the top and bottom. [101, 2015]
Any vessel of 119 gal (450 L) or less capacity used for transporting or storing liquids. [30, 2015]
The noncommercial, residential burning of materials not exceeding 3 ft (0.9 m) in diameter and 2 ft (0.6 m) in height, other than rubbish in which the fuel burned is contained in an outdoor fireplace, a barbecue grill, or a barbecue pit for the purpose of preparing food.
Logs 8 ft (2.4 m) or less in length customarily intended for pulpwood or fuel uses.
A cryogenic fluid that forms flammable mixtures in air when in its vapor state. [55, 2013]
A cryogenic fluid that vaporizes to produce an intert gas when in its vapor state. [55, 2013]
Buildings, structures, or sites, or portions thereof, that are culturally significant, or that house culturally significant collections. [914, 2010]
Propagation of a combustion zone at a velocity that is less than the speed of sound in the unreacted medium. [68, 2013]
A device suitable for connection to a circuit that has a sensor that responds to a physical stimulus such as gas, heat or smoke. [72, 2013]
A detector that consists of a piping or tubing distribution network that runs from the detector to the area(s) to be protected. An aspiration fan in the detector housing draws air from the protected area back to the detector through air sampling ports, piping, or tubing. At the detector, the air is analyzed for fire products. [72, 2013]
A device designed to detect the presence of a fire signature and to initiate action. For the purpose of this Code, automatic fire detectors are classified as follows: Automatic Fire Extinguishing or Suppression System Operation Detector, Fire-Gas Detector, Heat Detector, Other Fire Detectors, Radiant Energy-Sensing Fire Detector, and Smoke Detector. [72, 2013]
A device that either responds to more than one of the fire phenomena or employs more than one operating principle to sense one of these phenomena. Typical examples are a combination of a heat detector with a smoke detector or a combination rate-of-rise and fixed-temperature heat detector. This device has listings for each sensing method employed. [72, 2013]
A line-type or spot-type sensing element in which resistance varies as a function of temperature. [72, 2013]
A device that detects gases produced by a fire. [72, 2013]
A device that responds when its operating element becomes heated to a predetermined level. [72, 2013]
A device that detects the presence of a specified gas concentration. Gas detectors can be either spot-type or line-type detectors. [72, 2013]
A fire detector that detects either abnormally high temperature or rate of temperature rise, or both. [72, 2013]
A device that contains multiple sensors that separately respond to physical stimulus such as heat, smoke, or fire gases, or employs more than one sensor to sense the same stimulus. This sensor is capable of generating only one alarm signal from the sensors employed in the design either independently or in combination. The sensor output signal is mathematically evaluated to determine when an alarm signal is warranted. The evaluation can be performed either at the detector or at the control unit. This detector has a single listing that establishes the primary function of the detector. [72, 2013]
A device that contains multiple sensors that separately respond to physical stimulus such as heat, smoke, or fire gases, or employs more than one sensor to sense the same stimulus. A device capable of generating multiple alarm signals from any one of the sensors employed in the design, independently or in combination. The sensor output signals are mathematically evaluated to determine when an alarm signal is warranted. The evaluation can be performed either at the detector or at the control unit. This device has listings for each sensing method employed. [72, 2013]
Devices that detect a phenomenon other than heat, smoke, flame, or gases produced by a fire. [72, 2013]
A line-type detector comprising small-diameter tubing, usually copper, that is installed on the ceiling or high on the walls throughout the protected area. The tubing is terminated in a detector unit containing diaphragms and associated contacts set to actuate at a predetermined pressure. The system is sealed except for calibrated vents that compensate for normal changes in temperature. [72, 2013]
A type of photoelectric light obscuration smoke detector wherein the beam spans the protected area. [72, 2013]
A device that detects radiant energy, such as ultraviolet, visible, or infrared, that is emitted as a product of combustion reaction and obeys the laws of optics. [72, 2013]
A device that responds when the temperature of the air surrounding the device reaches a predetermined level, regardless of the rate of temperature rise. [72, 2013]
A device that responds when the temperature rises at a rate exceeding a predetermined value. [72, 2013]
A device that detects visible or invisible particles of combustion. [72, 2013]
A radiant energy-sensing fire detector that is designed to detect sparks or embers, or both. These devices are normally intended to operate in dark environments and in the infrared part of the spectrum. [72, 2013]
Propagation of a combustion zone at a velocity that is greater than the speed of sound in the unreacted medium. [68, 2013]
A plant or that portion of a plant where liquids produced by fermentation are concentrated and where the concentrated products are also mixed, stored, or packaged. [30, 2015]
A business engaged in the sale or resale, or both, of compressed gases or cryogenic fluids, or both. [55, 2013]
U.S. Department of Transportation.
One or more rooms arranged for complete, independent housekeeping purposes, with space for eating, living, and sleeping; facilities for cooking; and provisions for sanitation. [5000, 2015]
Afire, explosion, or hazardous condition that poses an immediate threat to the safety of life or damage to property.
An opening, construction method, or device that will automatically relieve excessive internal pressure due to an exposure fire. [30, 2015]
For the purposes of this code, containers built to UN specification 1A1. [55, 2013]
An appliance or piece of equipment that consists of a top, a back, and two sides that provides a means of local exhaust for capturing gases, fumes, vapors, and mists. [55, 2013]
That which is already in existence on the date this edition of the Code goes into effect. [101, 2015]
Any situation, circumstance, or physical makeup of any structure, premise, or process that was ongoing or in effect prior to the adoption of this Code.
A way of passage from one building to an area of refuge in another building on approximately the same level, or a way of passage through or around a fire barrier to an area of refuge on approximately the same level in the same building that affords safety from fire and smoke originating from the area of incidence and areas communicating therewith. [101, 2015]
A means of either preventing an explosion through the use of explosion suppression, fuel reduction, or oxidant reduction systems or a means to prevent the structural collapse of a building in the event of an explosion through the use of deflagration venting, barricades, or related construction methods. [55, 2013]
A chemical compound, mixture, or device, the primary or common purpose of which is to function by explosion. [5000, 2015]
A design arrangement incorporating one or more features that automatically counteracts the effect of an anticipated source of failure or which includes a design arrangement that eliminates or mitigates a hazardous condition by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction.
A form of audience/spectator accommodation in which no seating, other than a floor or finished ground level, is provided for the audience/spectators gathered to observe a performance. [101, 2015]
Small pieces or splinters of wood byproducts that can pass through a 0.25 in. (6.4 mm) screen.
The exposed surfaces of walls, ceilings, and floors within buildings. [101, 2015]
Class C fires are fires that involve energized electrical equipment. [10, 2013]
Class D fires are fires in combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, lithium, and potassium. [10, 2013]
Class K fires are fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils and fats). [10, 2013]
The road or other means developed to allow access and operational setup for fire-fighting and rescue apparatus.
Any combination of afire door, a frame, hardware, and other accessories that together provide a specific degree of fire protection to the opening. [80, 2013]
The flow rate of a water supply, measured at 20 psi (137.9 kPa) residual pressure, that is available for fire fighting.
A valved connection on a water supply system having one or more outlets and that is used to supply hose and fire department pumpers with water. [1141, 2012]
The assignment of a person or persons to an area for the express purpose of notifying the fire department, the building occupants, or both of an emergency; preventing a fire from occurring; extinguishing small fires; or protecting the public from fire or life safety dangers.
The propagation of flame over a surface. [101, 2015]
A comparative measure, expressed as a dimensionless number, derived from visual measurements of the spread of flame versus time for a material tested in accordance with ASTM E 84, Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, or ANSI/UL 723, Standard for Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials. [101, 2015]
Flammable vapors are the concentration of flammable constituents in air that exceed 25 percent of their lower flammability limit (LFL).
The minimum temperature of a liquid at which sufficient vapor is given off to form an ignitible mixture with the air, near the surface of the liquid or within the vessel used, as determined by the appropriate test procedure and apparatus specified in Section 4.4 of NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code. [30, 2015]
The floor area within the inside perimeter of the outside walls of the building under consideration with no deduction for hallways, stairs, closets, thickness of interior walls, columns, elevator and building services shafts, or other features, but excluding floor openings associated with atriums and communicating spaces. [5000, 2015]
The floor area within the inside perimeter of the outside walls, or the outside walls and fire walls of the building, or outside and/or inside walls that bound an occupancy or incidental use area requiring the occupant load to be calculated using net floor area under consideration with deductions for hallways, stairs, closets, thickness of interior walls, columns, or other features. [5000, 2015]
Releases of flammable vapor that continuously or intermittently occur from process equipment during normal operations. [30, 2015]
1 U.S. gal = 0.833 Imperial gal = 231 in.3 = 3.785 L. [58, 2014]
A building or portion of a building in which one or more self-propelled vehicles carrying volatile flammable liquid for fuel or power are kept for use, sale, storage, rental, repair, exhibition, or demonstrating purposes, and all that portion of a building that is on or below the floor or floors in which such vehicles are kept and that is not separated therefrom by suitable cutoffs. [5000, 2015]
A material, or mixture of materials, that (1) is a gas at 68°F (20°C) or less at 14.7 psi (101.3 kPa) and (2) has a boiling point of 68°F (20°C) or less at 14.7 psi (101.3 kPa) that is liquefied, nonliquefied, or in solution, except those gases that have no other health or physical hazard properties are not considered to be compressed until the pressure in the packaging exceeds an absolute pressure of 40.6 psi (280 kPa) at 68°F (20°C). [55, 2013]
A mixture of two or more compressed gases contained in a packaging, the hazard properties of which are represented by the properties of the mixture as a whole.
Nonliquefied gases that are dissolved in a solvent.
Gases, other than those in solution, that are contained in a packaging under the charged pressure and are entirely gaseous at a temperature of 68°F (20°C).
A gas that causes visible destruction of or irreversible alterations in living tissue by chemical action at the site of contact. [55, 2013]
A material that is a gas at 68°F (20°C) or less at an absolute pressure of 14.7 psi (101.3 kPa), that is ignitable at an absolute pressure of 14.7 psi (101.3 kPa) when in a mixture of 13 percent or less by volume with air, or that has a flammable range at an absolute pressure of 14.7 psi (101.3 kPa) with air of at least 12 percent, regardless of the lower limit. [55, 2013]
A chemical that has a median lethal concentration (LC50) in air of 200 ppm by volume or less of gas or vapor, or 2 mg/L or less of mist, fume, or dust, when administered by continuous inhalation for 1 hour (or less if death occurs within 1 hour) to albino rats weighing between 0.44 lb and 0.66 lb (200 g and 300 g) each. [55, 2013]
A nonreactive, nonflammable, noncorrosive gas such as argon, helium, krypton, neon, nitrogen, and xenon. [55, 2013]
A chemical that is not corrosive, but that causes a reversible inflammatory effect on living tissue by chemical action at the site of contact. A chemical is a skin irritant if, when tested on the intact skin of albino rabbits by the methods of 16 CFR 1500.41, for an exposure of 4 or more hours or by other appropriate techniques, it results in an empirical score of 5 or more. A chemical is classified as an eye irritant if so determined under the procedure listed in 16 CFR 1500.42, or other appropriate techniques. [55, 2013]
A fluid in the cryogenic liquid state that is composed predominantly of methane and that can contain minor quantities of ethane, propane, nitrogen, and other components normally found in natural gas. [59A, 2013]
A gas with an autoignition temperature in air at or below 130°F (54.4°C). [55, 2013]
A residual process gas that is collected for treatment or release at a location remote from the site of use.
A gas that does not provide sufficient oxygen to support life and that has none of the other physical or health hazards.
A gas with a median lethal concentration (LC50) in air of more than 200 ppm but not more than 2000 ppm by volume of gas or vapor, or more than 2 mg/L but not more than 20 mg/L of mist, fume, or dust, when administered by continuous inhalation for 1 hour (or less if death occurs within 1 hour) to albino rats weighing between 0.44 lb and 0.66 lb (200 g and 300 g) each. [55, 2013]
A gas that, in the pure state or as commercially produced, will vigorously polymerize, decompose, or condense; become self-reactive; or otherwise undergo a violent chemical change under conditions of shock, pressure, or temperature. [55, 2013]
A separately ventilated, fully enclosed room in which only compressed gases, cryogenic fluids, associated equipment, and supplies are stored or used. [55, 2013]
A container that could be mounted on wheels and is used for heating tar, asphalt, or similar substances.
High hazard Level 1 contents shall include materials that present a detonation hazard including, but not limited to, the following: (1) Explosives; (2) Unclassified detonable organic peroxides; (3) Class 4 oxidizers; (4) Detonable pyrophoric materials; (5) Class 3 detonable and Class 4 unstable (reactive) materials. [5000:184.108.40.206.2]
High hazard Level 2 contents shall include materials that present a deflagration hazard or a hazard from accelerated burning including, but not limited to, the following: (1) Class I, Class II, or Class III-A flammable or combustible liquids that are used or stored in normally open containers or systems, or in closed containers or systems at gauge pressures of more than 15 psi (103 kPa); (2) Combustible dusts stored, used, or generated in a manner creating a severe fire or explosion hazard; (3) Flammable gases and flammable cryogenic liquids; (4) Class I organic peroxides; (5) Class 3 solid or liquid oxidizers that are used or stored in normally open containers or systems, or in closed containers or systems at gauge pressures of more than 15 psi (103 kPa); (6) Nondetonable pyrophoric materials; (7) Class 3 nondetonable unstable (reactive) materials; (8) Class 3 water-reactive materials [5000:220.127.116.11.3]
High hazard Level 3 contents shall include materials that readily support combustion or present a physical hazard including, but not limited to, the following; (1) Level 2 and Level 3 aerosols; (2) Class I, Class II, or Class III-A flammable or combustible liquids that are used or stored in normally closed containers or systems at gauge pressures of less than 15 psi (103 kPa); (3) Flammable solids, other than dusts classified as high hazard Level 2, stored, used, or generated in a manner creating a high fire hazard; (4) Class II and Class III organic peroxides; (5) Class 2 solid or liquid oxidizers; (6) Class 3 solid or liquid oxidizers that are used or stored in normally closed containers or systems at gauge pressures of less than 15 psi (103 kPa); (7) Oxidizing gases and oxidizing cryogenic liquids; (8) Class 2 unstable (reactive) materials; (9) Class 2 water-reactive materials [5000:18.104.22.168.4]
Low hazard contents shall be classified as those of such low combustibility that no self-propagating fire therein can occur. [5000:22.214.171.124]
Ordinary hazard contents shall be classified as those that are likely to burn with moderate rapidity or to give off a considerable volume of smoke. [5000:126.96.36.199]
The numerical rating of the health, flammability, self-reactivity, and other hazards of the material, including its reaction with water. [55, 2013]
A movable prefabricated structure, manufactured primarily at a site other than the final location of the structure and transported completely assembled or in a ready-to-assemble package to the final location, and intended to meet local, state, and federal requirements for outside storage of hazardous materials. [30, 2015]
A liquid that is used as a medium to transfer heat energy from a heater or vaporizer to a remote heat consumer (e.g., injection molding machine, oven, or dryer, or jacketed chemical reactor). [30, 2015]
A concentration of airborne contaminants, normally expressed in parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per cubic meter, that represents the maximum level from which one could escape within 30 minutes without any escape-impairing symptoms or irreversible health effects. [55, 2013]
A condition or practice in an occupancy or structure that poses a danger that could reasonably be expected to cause death, serious physical harm, or serious property loss.
The individual responsible for all incident activities, including the development of strategies and tactics and the ordering and the release of resources. [472, 2013]
A circuit to which automatic or manual initiating devices are connected where the signal received does not identify the individual device operated. [72, 2013]
An assembly of tanks or tubular cylinders permanently mounted in a frame conforming to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements. [55, 2013]
A governmental unit or political division or a subdivision.
The maximum concentration of an airborne contaminant to which one can be exposed. [5000, 2015]
The maximum permitted 8-hour, time-weighted average concentration of an airborne contaminant. [55, 2013]
The concentration to which it is believed that workers can be exposed continuously for a short period of time without suffering from irritation, chronic or irreversible tissue damage, or narcosis of a degree sufficient to increase the likelihood of accidental injury, impairment of self-rescue, or the material reduction of work efficiency, without exceeding the daily permissible exposure limit (PEL). [55, 2013]
Any liquid that has a closed-cup flash point below 100°F (37.8°C), as determined by the test procedures and apparatus set forth in Section 4.4 of NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, and a Reid vapor pressure that does not exceed an absolute pressure of 40 psi (276 kPa) at 100°F (37.8°C), as determined by ASTM D 323, Standard Test Method for Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products (Reid Method). Flammable liquids are classified according to Section 4.3 of NFPA 30. [30, 2015]
Felled tree from which all the branches have been removed.
Wood from felled trees having a section produced by lengthwise sawing or chipping of logs or other solid wood of large dimensions and possible crosscutting and/or further machining to obtain a certain size and includes boards, dimension lumber, timber, and similar wood products.
A manually operated device used to initiate a fire alarm signal. [72, 2013]
A water craft or other artificial contrivance used as a means of transportation in or on the water.
A chemical that causes visible destruction of, or irreversible alterations in, living tissue by chemical action at the site of contact. [400, 2013]
A solid, liquid, or gas associated with semiconductor manufacturing that has a degree-of-hazard rating of 3 or 4 in health, flammability, instability, or water reactivity in accordance with NFPA 704 and that is used directly in research, laboratory, or production processes that have as their end product materials that are not hazardous. [5000, 2015]
A chemical or substance classified as a toxic, highly toxic, or corrosive material in accordance with definitions set forth in this Code. [400, 2013]
A material that produces a lethal dose or lethal concentration that falls within any of following categories: (1) a chemical that has a median lethal dose (LD50) of 50 mg/kg or less of body weight when administered orally to albino rats weighing between 200 g and 300 g each; (2) a chemical that has a median lethal dose (LD50) of 200 mg/kg or less of body weight when administered by continuous contact for 24 hours, or less if death occurs within 24 hours, with the bare skin of albino rabbits weighing between 2 kg and 3 kg each or albino rats weighing 200 g to 300 g each; (3) a chemical that has a median lethal concentration (LC50) in air of 200 parts per million by volume or less of gas or vapor, or 2 mg/L or less of mist, fume, or dust, when administered by continuous inhalation for 1 hour, or less if death occurs within 1 hour, to albino rats weighing between 200 g and 300 g each. [400, 2013]
Materials that, when in contact with each other, have the potential to react in a manner that generates heat, fumes, gases or by-products that are hazardous to life or property. [400, 2013]
A chemical with an autoignition temperature in air at or below 130°F (54.4°C). [400, 2013]
A material that produces a lethal dose or a lethal concentration within any of the following categories: (1) a chemical or substance that has a median lethal dose (LD50) of more than 50 mg/kg but not more than 500 mg/kg of body weight when administered orally to albino rats weighing between 200 g and 300 g each; (2) a chemical or substance that has a median lethal dose (LD50) of more than 200 mg/kg but not more than 1000 mg/kg of body weight when administered by continuous contact for 24 hours, or less if death occurs within 24 hours, with the bare skin of albino rabbits weighing between 2 kg and 3 kg each; (3) a chemical or substance that has a median lethal concentration (LC50) in air of more than 200 parts per million but not more than 2000 parts per million by volume of gas or vapor, or more than 2 mg/L but not more than 20 mg/L, of mist, fume, or dust when administered by continuous inhalation for 1 hour, or less if death occurs within 1 hour, to albino rats weighing between 200 g and 300 g each. [400, 2013]
A material that, in the pure state or as commercially produced, will vigorously polymerize, decompose or condense, become self-reactive, or otherwise undergo a violent chemical change under conditions of shock, pressure, or temperature. [400, 2013]
A way out of a building or structure that does not conform to the strict definition of means of egress but does provide an alternate way out. [101, 2015]
An intermediate level between the floor and the ceiling of any room or space. [101, 2015]
Any supply source that is equipped with wheels so it is able to be moved around. [55, 2013]
A temperature of 70°F (21°C) at an absolute pressure of 14.7 psi (101.3 kPa). [55, 2013]
The purpose for which a building or other structure, or part thereof, is used or intended to be used. [ASCE/SEI 7:1.2]
An occupancy used to provide services or treatment simultaneously to four or more patients that provides, on an outpatient basis, one or more of the following: (1) treatment for patients that renders the patients incapable of taking action for self-preservation under emergency conditions without the assistance of others; (2) anesthesia that renders the patients incapable of taking action for self-preservation under emergency conditions without the assistance of others; (3) emergency or urgent care for patients who, due to the nature of their injury or illness, are incapable of taking action for self-preservation under emergency conditions without the assistance of others [101, 2015]
An occupancy used for the transaction of business other than mercantile. [101, 2015]
A building or portion of a building in which more than 3 but not more than 12 clients receive care, maintenance, and supervision, by other than their relative(s) or legal guardian(s), for less than 24 hours per day. [101, 2015]
An occupancy in which four or more clients receive care, maintenance, and supervision, by other than their relatives or legal guardians, for less than 24 hours per day. [101, 2015]
An occupancy used to house one or more persons under varied degrees of restraint or security where such occupants are mostly incapable of self-preservation because of security measures not under the occupants' control. [101, 2015]
For application of the life safety requirements in Section 20.7, the resident user category is divided into the five use conditions.
A condition under which free movement is allowed within individual smoke compartments, such as within a residential unit comprised of individual sleeping rooms and a group activity space, with egress impeded by remote-controlled release of means of egress from such a smoke compartment to another smoke compartment. [101: 188.8.131.52.3]
Abuilding or a space in a building in which group sleeping accommodations are provided for more than 16 persons who are not members of the same family in one room, or a series of closely associated rooms under joint occupancy and single management, with or without meals, but without individual cooking facilities. [101, 2015]
An occupancy used for educational purposes through the twelfth grade by six or more persons for 4 or more hours per day or more than 12 hours per week. [101, 2015]
An occupancy used to provide medical or other treatment or care simultaneously to four or more patients on an inpatient basis, where such patients are mostly incapable of self-preservation due to age, physical or mental disability, or because of security measures not under the occupants' control. [101, 2015]
A building or portion thereof used on a 24-hour basis for the medical, psychiatric, obstetrical, or surgical care of four or more inpatients. [101, 2015]
A building or groups of buildings under the same management in which there are sleeping accommodations for more than 16 persons and primarily used by transients for lodging with or without meals. [101, 2015]
A building or portion of a building used on a 24-hour basis for the housing of four or more persons who are incapable of self-preservation because of age; physical limitations due to accident or illness; or limitations such as mental retardation/developmental disability, mental illness, or chemical dependency. [101, 2015]
A building or portion thereof that does not qualify as a one- or two-family dwelling, that provides sleeping accommodations for a total of 16 or fewer people on a transient or permanent basis, without personal care services, with or without meals, but without separate cooking facilities for individual occupants. [101, 2015]
An occupancy used for the display and sale of merchandise. [101, 2015]
All mercantile occupancies of more than 3000 ft2 (280 m2), but not more than 30,000 ft2 (2800 m2), aggregate gross area and occupying not more than three stories for sales purposes. Class B also includes all mercantile occupancies of not more than 3000 ft2 (280 m2) gross area and occupying two or three stories for sales purposes. [101, 2015]
A motor fuel dispensing facility at a commercial, industrial, governmental, or manufacturing property where motor fuels are dispensed into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles that are used in connection with the business or operation of that property by persons within the employ of such business or operation. [30A, 2015]
A building or structure in which two or more classes of occupancy exist. [101, 2015]
Abuilding or portion of a building used on a 24-hour basis for the housing and nursing care of four or more persons who, because of mental or physical incapacity, might be unable to provide for their own needs and safety without the assistance of another person. [101, 2015]
A building, structure, or portion thereof used for the parking, storage, or both, of motor vehicles. [88A, 2015]
Parking structures that are located below grade. A basement parking structure has other occupancies above it and an underground parking structure has no occupancy other than parking above it. Basement and underground parking structures are considered as specific cases of enclosed parking structures.
A parking structure that meets the requirements of Section 5.5 of NFPA 88A. [88A, 2015]
A building or portions of a building where major repairs, such as engine overhauls, painting, body and fender work, and repairs that require draining of the motor vehicle fuel tank are performed on motor vehicles, including associated floor space used for offices, parking, or showrooms.
A building or portions of a building used for lubrication, inspection, and minor automotive maintenance work, such as engine tune-ups, replacement of parts, fluid changes (e.g., oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluid, air conditioning refrigerants, etc.), brake system repairs, tire rotation, and similar routine maintenance work, including associated floor space used for offices, parking, or showrooms.
An occupancy that provides sleeping accommodations for purposes other than health care or detention and correctional. [101, 2015]
A storage occupancy partitioned into individual storage units, with a majority of the individual units not greater than 750 ft2 in area, that are rented or leased for the purposes of storing personal or business items where all of the following apply: (1) the storage units are separated from each other by less than a 1-hour fire resistance rated barrier, (2) the owner of the facility does not have unrestricted access to the storage units, and (3) the items being stored are concealed from view from outside the storage unit.
The total number of persons that might occupy a building or portion thereof at any one time. [101, 2015]
Any organic compound having a double oxygen or peroxy (-O-O-) group in its chemical structure. [400, 2013]
Class I shall describe those formulations that are more severe than a Class II but do not detonate. [400, 2013]
Class II shall describe those formulations that burn very rapidly and that present a severe reactivity hazard. [400, 2013]
Class III shall describe those formulations that burn rapidly and that present a moderate reactivity hazard. [400, 2013]
Class IV shall describe those formulations that burn in the same manner as ordinary combustibles and that present a minimal reactivity hazard. [400, 2013]
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. [55, 2013]
Equipment that causes the production of ozone.
Felted sheets made from natural fibrous materials, usually vegetable but sometimes mineral or animal, and formed on a fine wire screen by means of water suspension.
A document issued by the AHJ for the purpose of authorizing performance of a specified activity.
A chemical that, when exposed to air, forms explosive peroxides that are shock sensitive, pressure sensitive, or heat sensitive.
The care of residents who do not require chronic or convalescent medical or nursing care. [101, 2015]
Any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest or for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant.
A structure, usually of greater length than width and projecting from the shore into a body of water with direct access from land, that can be either open deck or provided with a superstructure. [307, 2011]
Information regarding compounds or ingredients used in a process or production that do not qualify as trade secrets but that provide an industry or business with a competitive advantage.
Fire protection for structures on property adjacent to liquid storage that is provided by (1) a public fire department or (2) a private fire brigade maintained on the property adjacent to the liquid storage, either of which is capable of providing cooling water streams to protect the property adjacent to the liquid storage. [30, 2015]
A street, alley, or other similar parcel of land essentially open to the outside air deeded, dedicated, or otherwise permanently appropriated to the public for public use and having a clear width and height of not less than 10 ft (3050 mm). [101, 2015]
A chemical that spontaneously ignites in air at or below a temperature of 130°F (54.5°C).
The procedures conducted by the registered design professionals (RDPs) responsible for design and the registered design professionals responsible for inspection that provide evidence and documentation to the RDPs, the owner, and the AHJ that the work is being constructed in accordance with the approved construction documents. [5000, 2015]
Any combination of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal members that supports stored materials.
Racks that are not fixed in place and can be arranged in any number of configurations. [13, 2013]
A walking surface that has a slope steeper than 1 in 20. [101, 2015]
The noncommercial burning of materials other than rubbish for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, or similar purposes in which the fuel burned is not contained in an incinerator, a barbecue grill, or a barbecue pit, and the total fuel area is not exceeding 3 ft (0.9 m) in diameter and 2 ft (0.6 m) in height.
An individual who is registered or licensed to practice his/her respective design profession as defined by the statutory requirements of the professional registration laws of the state or jurisdiction in which the project is to be constructed. [5000, 2015]
A device for indoor use consisting of an attachment plug on one end of a flexible cord and two or more receptacles on the opposite end, and has overcurrent protection.
A listed container of not more than 5.3 gal (20 L) capacity having a screen or strainer in each fill and pour opening, and having a spring-closing lid and spout cover, designed to safely relieve internal pressure when exposed to fire. [30, 2015]
A vehicle that is dismantled for parts or awaiting destruction.
Equipped with an approved device that ensures closing after opening. [101, 2015]
Physically separated by a specified distance, construction, or appliance. [55, 2013]
Scaled working drawings, equipment cutsheets, and design calculations. (See 3.3.12, Plan, of NFPA 1031.) [1031, 2014]
A signal that results from the detection of a supervisory condition. [72, 2013]
A signal that results from the detection of a trouble condition. [72, 2013]
A continuous membrane, or a membrane with discontinuities created by protected openings, where such membrane is designed and constructed to restrict the movement of smoke. [5000, 2015]
A continuous membrane that is designed to form a barrier to limit the transfer of smoke. [101, 2015]
The use or carrying of a lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, tobacco, or any other type of smoking substance.
A solid substance, other than a substance defined as a blasting agent or explosive, that is liable to cause fire resulting from friction or retained heat from manufacture, that has an ignition temperature below 212°F (100°C), or that burns so vigorously or persistently when ignited that it creates a serious hazard. [400, 2013]
A material that has a melting point, decomposes, or sublimes at a temperature greater than 68°F (20°C). [5000, 2015]
Solid shelving is fixed in place, slatted, wire mesh, or other type of shelves located within racks. The area of a solid shelf is defined by perimeter aisle or flue space on all four sides. Solid shelves having an area equal to or less than 20 ft2 (1.9 m2) shall be defined as open racks. Shelves of wire mesh, slats, or other materials more than 50 percent open and where the flue spaces are maintained shall be defined as open racks. [13, 2013]
A power-ventilated enclosure for a spray application operation or process that confines and limits the escape of the material being sprayed, including vapors, mists, dusts, and residues that are produced by the spraying operation and conducts or directs these materials to an exhaust system. [33, 2011]
An amount of gas that occupies one cubic foot at an absolute pressure of 14.7 psi (101 kPa) and a temperature of 70°F (21°C). [55, 2013]
A temperature of 70°F (21°C) and a pressure of 1 atmosphere (14.7 psi or 760 mm Hg).
Storage in a separate building or in an outside area located away from all structures.
The storage of rubber tires that is incidental to the main use of the building. Storage areas shall not exceed 2000 ft2 (186 m2). On-tread storage piles, regardless of storage method, shall not exceed 25 ft (7.6 m) in the direction of the wheel holes. Acceptable storage arrangements include (a) on-floor, on-side storage up to 12 ft (3.7 m) high; (b) on-floor, on-tread storage up to 5 ft (1.5 m) high; (c) double-row or multirow fixed or portable rack storage on-side or on-tread up to 5 ft (1.5 m) high; (d) single row fixed or portable rack storage on-side or on-tread up to 12 ft (3.7 m) high; and (e) laced tires in racks up to 5 ft (1.5 m) in height. [13, 2013]
The portion of a building located between the upper surface of a floor and the upper surface of the floor or roof next above. [5000, 2015]
A public thoroughfare that has been dedicated for vehicular use by the public and can be used for access by fire department vehicles. [101, 2015]
The columns and girders, beams, trusses, joists, braced frames, moment-resistant frames, and vertical and lateral resisting elements, and other framing members that are designed to carry any portion of the dead or live load and lateral forces, that are essential to the stability of the building or structure. [5000, 2015]
That which is built or constructed. [101, 2015]
To immediately judge a condition to be a fire hazard to life or property and to order immediate correction of such condition.
Several items of equipment assembled, grouped, or otherwise interconnected for the accomplishment of a purpose or function.
An assembly of equipment that consists of, but is not limited to, storage containers, pressure regulators, pressure relief devices, compressors, manifolds, and piping, with a storage capacity of more than (5000 scf) (141.6 Nm3) of compressed hydrogen gas and that terminates at the source valve. [55, 2013]
An assembly of equipment that consists of, but is not limited to, storage containers, pressure regulators, pressure relief devices, vaporizers, manifolds, and piping, with a storage capacity of more than 20.000 scf (566 Nm3) of inert gas, including unconnected reserves on hand at the site, and that terminates at the source valve. [55, 2013]
An assembly of equipment that consists of, but is not limited to, storage containers, pressure regulators, pressure relief devices, vaporizers, liquid pumps, compressors, manifolds, and piping, with a storage capacity of more than 39.7 gal (150 L) of liquefied hydrogen that terminates at the source valve. [55, 2013]
A system or group of systems in which the operations of circuits and devices are transmitted automatically to, recorded in, maintained by, and supervised from a listed central station that has competent and experienced servers and operators who, upon receipt of a signal, take such action as required by NFPA 72. Such service is to be controlled and operated by a person, firm, or corporation whose business is the furnishing, maintaining, or monitoring of supervised alarm systems. [72, 2013]
An assembly of equipment designed to contain, distribute, or transport compressed gases. [318, 2015]
A gas detection system in which the instrument is maintained in continuous operation and the interval between sampling of any point does not exceed 30 minutes. [55, 2013]
An arrangement of piping, valves, hose connections, and allied equipment installed in a building or structure, with the hose connections located in such a manner that water can be discharged in streams or spray patterns through attached hose and nozzles, for the purpose of extinguishing a fire, thereby protecting a building or structure and its contents in addition to protecting the occupants. [14, 2013]
An assembly of equipment capable of processing a hazardous gas and reducing the gas concentration to a predetermined level at the point of discharge from the system to the atmosphere. [55, 2013]
A horizontal or vertical tank that is listed and intended for fixed installation, without backfill, above or below grade and is used within the scope of its approval or listing. [30A, 2015]
A tank that is installed above grade, at grade, or below grade without backfill. [30, 2012]
An atmospheric aboveground storage tank with integral secondary containment and thermal insulation that has been evaluated for resistance to physical damage and for limiting the heat transferred to the primary tank when exposed to a hydrocarbon pool fire and is listed in accordance with ANSI/UL 2085, Standard for Protected Aboveground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids, or an equivalent test procedure. [30:22.2.3]
A tank that has an inner and outer wall with an interstitial space (annulus) between the walls and that has a means for monitoring the interstitial space for a leak. [30, 2015]
A packaging designed primarily for stationary installations not intended for loading, unloading, or attachment to a transport vehicle as part of its normal operation in the process of use. [55, 2010]
Any vessel having a liquid capacity that exceeds 60 gal (230 L), is intended for fixed installation, and is not used for processing. [30, 2015]
Approved wiring for power and lighting during a period of construction, remodeling, maintenance, repair, or demolition, and decorative lighting, carnival power and lighting, and similar purposes.
Pneumatic tires for passenger automobiles, aircraft, light and heavy trucks, trailers, farm equipment, construction equipment (off-the-road), and buses. [13, 2013]
A tire that can no longer be used for its original purpose due to wear or damage.
Transport Canada. [55, 2013]
A roadway design element utilized to reduce vehicle speeds, decrease motor vehicle volumes, and increase safety for pedestrians and nonmotorized vehicles.
A release or emission of materials in a manner that does not conform to the provisions of this Code or applicable public health and safety regulations.
A segment of a physical or chemical process that might or might not be integrated with other segments to constitute the manufacturing sequence. [30, 2015]
Use of a solid or liquid hazardous material in a closed vessel or system that remains closed during normal operations where vapors emitted by the product are not liberated outside of the vessel or system and the product is not exposed to the atmosphere during normal operations, and all uses of compressed gases. [400, 2013]
A structure at the shoreline that has a platform built along and parallel to a body of water with either an open deck or a superstructure. [307, 2011]
The presence of structures in locations in which the AHJ determines that topographical features, vegetation fuel types, local weather conditions, and prevailing winds result in the potential for ignition of the structures within the area from flames and firebrands of a wildland fire. [1144, 2013]
Board or sheet made from veneers, particles, or fibers of wood and includes plywood, oriented strandboard, and similar wood products.
A notification in writing delivered in person to the individual or parties intended, or delivered at, or sent by certified or registered mail to, the last residential or business address of legal record.
A calculation procedure that differs from the procedure originally employed by the design team but that provides predictions for the same variables of interest. [101, 2015]
An analysis performed to determine the degree to which a predicted output will vary given a specified change in an input parameter, usually in relation to models. [5000, 2015]
An analysis intended to (1) identify key sources of uncertainties in the predictions of a model, (2) assess the potential impacts of these uncertainties on the predictions, and (3) assess the likelihood of these potential impacts. Per this definition, sensitivity analysis performs some but not all of the functions of uncertainty analysis. [805, 2010]
The process of developing the input data set for the assessment method of choice. [101, 2015]
A building characteristic and other conditions that are under the control of the design team. [5000, 2015]
A group of stakeholders including, but not limited to, representatives of the architect, client, and any pertinent engineers and other designers. [101, 2015]
A fire that starts at a location that is remote from the area being protected and grows to expose that which is being protected. [101, 2015]
Mathematical prediction of fire growth, environmental conditions, and potential effects on structures, systems, or components based on the conservation equations or empirical data. [805, 2010]
A condition under which humans do not function adequately and become unable to escape untenable conditions. [101, 2015]
The abilities or behaviors of people before and during a fire. [101, 2015]
Threshold values on measurement scales that are based on quantified performance objectives. [101, 2015]
A location remote or separated from the effects of a fire so that such effects no longer pose a threat. [101, 2015]
A factor applied to a predicted value to ensure that a sufficient safety margin is maintained. [101, 2015]
The difference between a predicted value and the actual value where a fault condition is expected. [101, 2015]
An individual, or representative of same, having an interest in the successful completion of a project. [101, 2015]