About this chapter:Chapter 6 has two purposes in dealing with fire safety:
- To reduce the potential of permanently installed building equipment, appliances and services to cause a fire because of their installation.
- If a fire does occur, this section contains provisions to contain or limit the spread of the fire in a manner allowing safe egress of the occupants; appropriately limit the damage to the building in which the fire originated, to adjacent buildings, and to contents and amenities; allow fire fighters to perform their duties on the fire scene; and provide detection systems that allow appropriate and timely response to a fire.
Separate ignition sources from areas where a flammable, combustible or explosive atmosphere may exist.
Buildings shall be designed with safeguards against the spread of fire so that persons not directly adjacent to or involved in the ignition of a fire shall not suffer serious injury or death from a fire and so that the magnitude of the property losses are limited as follows:
- Performance Group I—High
- Performance Group II—Moderate
- Performance Group III—Mild
- Performance Group IV—Mild