Effective Use of the International Fire Code


Chapter 1 Scope and Administration

Chapter 2 Definitions

Chapter 3 General Requirements

Chapter 4 Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Chapter 5 Fire Service Features

Chapter 6 Building Services and Systems

Chapter 7 Fire and Smoke Protection Features

Chapter 8 Interior Finish, Decorative Materials and Furnishings

Chapter 9 Fire Protection Systems

Chapter 10 Means of Egress

Chapter 11 Construction Requirements for Existing Buildings

Chapter 12 through 19

Chapter 20 Aviation Facilities

Chapter 21 Dry Cleaning

Chapter 22 Combustible Dust-Producing Operations

Chapter 23 Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages

Chapter 24 Flammable Finishes

Chapter 25 Fruit and Crop Ripening

Chapter 26 Fumigation and Insecticidal Fogging

Chapter 27 Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities

Chapter 28 Lumber Yards and Agro-Industrial, Solid Biomass and Woodworking Facilities

Chapter 29 Manufacture of Organic Coatings

Chapter 30 Industrial Ovens

Chapter 31 Tents and Other Membrane Structures

Chapter 32 High-Piled Combustible Storage

Chapter 33 Fire Safety During Construction and Demolition

Chapter 34 Tire Rebuilding and Tire Storage

Chapter 35 Welding and Other Hot Work

Chapter 36 Marinas

Chapter 37 Combustible Fibers

Chapter 38 through 49


Chapter 51 Aerosols

Chapter 52 Reserved

Chapter 53 Compressed Gases

Chapter 54 Corrosive Materials

Chapter 55 Cryogenic Fluids

Chapter 56 Explosives and Fireworks

Chapter 57 Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Chapter 58 Flammable Gases and Flammable Cryogenic Fluids

Chapter 59 Flammable Solids

Chapter 60 Highly Toxic and Toxic Materials

Chapter 61 Liquefied Petroleum Gases

Chapter 62 Organic Peroxides

Chapter 63 Oxidizers, Oxidizing Gases and Oxidizing Cryogenic Fluids

Chapter 64 Pyrophoric Materials

Chapter 65 Pyroxylin (Cellulose Nitrate) Plastics

Chapter 66 Unstable (Reactive) Materials

Chapter 67 Water-Reactive Solids and Liquids

Chapter 68 through 79

Chapter 80 Referenced Standards

Appendix A Board of Appeals

Appendix B Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings

Appendix C Fire Hydrant Locations and Distribution

Appendix D Fire Apparatus Access Roads

Appendix E Hazard Categories

Appendix F Hazard Ranking

Appendix G Cryogenic Fluids - Weight and Volume Equivalents

Appendix H Hazardous Materials Management Plan (Hmmp) and Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (Hmis) Instructions

Appendix I Fire Protection Systems - Noncompliant Conditions

Appendix J Building Information Sign

Appendix K Construction Requirements for Existing Ambulatory Care Facilities

Appendix L Requirements for Fire Fighter Air Replenishment Systems


The provisions contained in this appendix are not mandatory unless specifically referenced in the adopting ordinance.
This appendix is intended to identify conditions that can occur where fire protection systems are not properly maintained or components have been damaged. This appendix is not intended to provide comprehensive inspection, testing and maintenance requirements, which are found in NFPA 10, 25 and 72. Rather, its intent is to identify problems that are readily observable during fire inspections.
The following conditions shall be deemed noncompliant and shall cause the related component(s) to be replaced to comply with the provisions of this code:

1. Sprinkler heads having any of the following conditions:

1.1. Signs of leakage.

1.2. Paint or other ornamentation that is not factory applied.

1.3. Evidence of corrosion including, but not limited to, discoloration or rust.

1.4. Deformation or damage of any part.

1.5. Improper orientation of sprinkler head.

1.6. Empty glass bulb.

1.7. Sprinkler heads manufactured prior to 1920.

1.8. Replacement sprinkler heads that do not match existing sprinkler heads in orifice size, K-factor temperature rating, coating or deflector type.

1.9. Sprinkler heads for the protection of cooking equipment that have not been replaced within one year.

2. Water pressure and air pressure gauges that have been installed for more than 5 years and have not been tested to within 3 percent accuracy.
The following shall be deemed noncompliant conditions and shall cause the related component(s) to be repaired or replaced to comply with the provisions of this code:

1. Sprinkler and standpipe system piping and fittings having any of the following conditions:

1.1. Signs of leakage.

1.2. Evidence of corrosion.

1.3. Misalignment.

1.4. Mechanical damage.

2. Sprinkler piping support having any of the following conditions:

2.1. Materials resting on or hung from sprinkler piping.

2.2. Damaged or loose hangers or braces.

3. Class II and Class III standpipe systems having any of the following conditions:

3.1. No hose or nozzle, where required.

3.2. Hose threads incompatible with fire department hose threads.

3.3. Hose connection cap missing.

3.4. Mildew, cuts, abrasions and deterioration evident.

3.5. Coupling damaged.

3.6. Gaskets missing or deteriorated.

3.7. Nozzle missing or obstructed.

4. Hose racks and cabinets having any of the following conditions:

4.1. Difficult to operate or damaged.

4.2. Hose improperly racked or rolled.

4.3. Inability of rack to swing 90 degrees (1.57 rad) out of the cabinet.

4.4. Cabinet locked, except as permitted by this code.

4.5. Cabinet door will not fully open.

4.6. Door glazing cracked or broken.

5. Portable fire extinguishers having any of the following conditions:

5.1. Broken seal or tamper indicator.

5.2. Expired maintenance tag.

5.3. Pressure gauge indicator in "red."

5.4. Signs of leakage or corrosion.

5.5. Mechanical damage, denting or abrasion of tank.

5.6. Presence of repairs such as welding, soldering or brazing.

5.7. Damaged threads.

5.8. Damaged hose assembly, couplings or swivel joints.

6. Fire alarm and detection control equipment, initiating devices and notification appliances having any of the following conditions:

6.1. Corroded or leaking batteries or terminals.

6.2. Smoke detectors having paint or other ornamentation that is not factory-applied.

6.3. Mechanical damage to heat or smoke detectors.

6.4. Tripped fuses.

7. Fire department connections having any of the following conditions:

7.1. Fire department connections are not visible or accessible from the fire apparatus access road.

7.2. Couplings or swivels are damaged

7.3. Plugs and caps are missing or damaged.

7.4. Gaskets are deteriorated.

7.5. Check valve is leaking.

7.6. Identification signs are missing.

8. Fire pumps having any of the following conditions:

8.1. Pump room temperature is less than 40°F (4.4°C).

8.2. Ventilating louvers are not freely operable.

8.3. Corroded or leaking system piping.

8.4. Diesel fuel tank is less than two-thirds full.

8.5. Battery readings, lubrication oil or cooling water levels are abnormal.
NFPA 10‒13 Portable Fire Extinguishers I101.1
NFPA 25‒13 Inspection, Testing and
Maintenance of Water-based
Fire Protection Systems
NFPA 72‒13 National Fire Alarm Code I101.1