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The design, construction, operation, and maintenance of soundstages and approved production facilities used in motion picture and television industry productions shall comply with NFPA 140, Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations, and Chapter 32.
Where required by the AHJ, a permit shall be obtained for any of the activities that follow:
When an audience is present, NFPA 160, Standard for the Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience, shall be used to regulate any flame effects use. [140:4.3.3]
Foamed plastic materials used for decorative purposes, scenery, sets, or props shall have a heat release rate not exceeding 100 kW where tested in accordance with UL 1975, Standard for Fire Tests for Foamed Plastics Used for Decorative Purposes, or where tested in accordance with NFPA 289, Standard Method of Fire Test for Individual Fuel Packages, using the 20 kW ignition source. [140:4.5.1]
Combustible drapes, drops, and any other similar combustible hangings or vertically placed materials shall comply with one of the following options:
- The materials meet the requirements of NFPA 701, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films.
- The materials exhibit a heat release rate not exceeding 100 kW when tested in accordance with NFPA 289, Standard Method of Fire Test for Individual Fuel Packages, using the 20 kW ignition source.
- The materials are present in such limited quantity that a hazard of fire development or spread is minimal.
- *The materials are considered by the AHJ to exhibit acceptable fire performance.
- *Approved interim measures are provided for the period during which the combustible materials are present. [140:4.5.2]
Smoking shall be permitted when it is a necessary part of a performance, and only when the smoker is a member of the cast. [140:4.6.2]
Where the anticipated loads exceed those specified in the local building code for the purpose of suspending sets, ceilings, backings, and other heavy production set pieces, the building shall be designed and constructed for the additional loads. [140:4.7.2]
The location of portable, mobile, or stationary power-generating equipment shall be subject to the approval of the AHJ. [140:4.8.5]
Exterior penetrations shall be located near the predesignated location for portable and mobile power-generating equipment. [140:4.8.6]
Auxiliary power cables supplied from mobile generators or adjacent buildings shall not be routed through fire-rated windows and doors. [140:4.8.7]
Portable feeder cables shall be permitted to temporarily penetrate fire-rated walls, floors, or ceilings, provided that all of the following apply:
Where the penetration utilizes a conduit, metal-threaded caps shall be attached to the pipe by means of chain or cable and shall effectively cap the conduit when not in use. [140:4.8.9]
Fire department access shall be maintained as required by the AHJ. [140:4.9]
The maximum travel distance to an exit within the soundstage shall be 150 ft (45 m). [140:4.10.2]
A clear unobstructed aisle height of 7 ft (2.1 m) shall be maintained. [140:18.104.22.168]
Portable fire extinguishers shall be installed and maintained in accordance with Section 13.6. [140:22.214.171.124]
Fire alarm system notification appliances within soundstages and approved production facilities shall be permitted to be deactivated with the approval of the AHJ during videotaping, filming, or broadcasting of programs provided the following conditions exist:
- In the event of alarm system activation, notification appliances shall activate at a location that is constantly attended during the videotaping, filming, or broadcasting of programs.
- The attendants of the location identified in 126.96.36.199(1) shall be provided with a means of communicating with the fire command center for the building, where one is provided, and with the occupants of the soundstage to initiate emergency action.
- Deactivation of notification appliances shall cause activation of a visual signal at an approved location, which shall remain illuminated while notification appliances on the soundstage are deactivated.
- The visual signal shall be identified by a sign that shall read, "When Illuminated, Soundstage Fire Alarm System Notification Appliances Are Deactivated." [140:4.11.2]
Air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating ductwork and related equipment shall be in good working order and in compliance with the requirements of the AHJ. [140:4.12]
A permit shall be obtained, unless waived by the AHJ, for any of the following activities:
- *Use of the site as a production location
- Use of pyrotechnic special effects
- Use of open flames
- Use of flammable or combustible liquids or gases
- Use of aircraft
- Presence of motor vehicles within a building [140:5.2]
When an audience is present, NFPA 1126 shall be used to regulate any pyrotechnic use. [140:5.3.2]
When an audience is present, NFPA 160 shall be used to regulate any flame effects use. [140:5.3.3]
Foamed plastic materials used for decorative purposes, scenery, sets, or props shall have a heat release rate not exceeding 100 kW when tested in accordance with UL 1975, Fire Tests for Foamed Plastics Used for Decorative Purposes, or where tested in accordance with NFPA 289, Standard Method of Fire Test for Individual Fuel Packages, using the 20 kW ignition source. [140:5.5]
Smoking shall be permitted when it is a necessary part of a performance, and only when the smoker is a member of the cast. [140:5.6.2]
Auxiliary power cables supplied from mobile generators or adjacent buildings shall be permitted to be routed through fire-rated windows and doors with the approval of the AHJ. [140:5.8.3]
Fire department access shall be maintained as required by the AHJ. [140:5.9]
Building areas used as production locations shall be designed, constructed, and maintained to protect the occupants not intimate with the initial fire development for the time needed to evacuate, relocate, or defend in place. [140:5.11.1]
Waste or refuse shall not be allowed to accumulate in any area or in any manner that creates a fire hazard. [140:6.1]
The use, mixing, dispensing, and storage of flammable or combustible liquids shall be in accordance with this Code and the following codes, as applicable, unless otherwise permitted by 188.8.131.52: