Codes

Small Facilities
NFPA 101 33.2

Large Facilities
NFPA 101 33.3

Health Care Occupancy Definition
NFPA 1 3.3.192.11
NFPA 1 20.4 – 20.4.2.2.3.3
NFPA 101 3.3.196.7
The Joint Commission https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/BHC_About_Life_Safety_Chapter.pdf

Fire & Internal Disaster Drills
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Fire & External Disaster Drills
(AB-3098 Sept 2018, Into effect Jan 1 2019) HSC 1569.695c
Codes require drills to be conducted on a quarterly basis.


Alarm Code
NFPA 101 19.7.1.4 – 19.7.1.7 

Fire & Internal Disaster Drills
California Code 72553.13.c
California Code 75553.13.e
NFPA 19.7.1.4
NFPA A.9.7.1.4
NFPA 19.7.1.6
Codes require drills to be conducted on a quarterly basis.

External Disaster and Mass Casualty Program
California Code 72551.13.e

Alarm Code
NFPA Code 19.7.1.4
NFPA 19.7.1.7

Emergency Egress and Relocation Drills
NFPA 33.7.1.3
NFPA 33.7.3
NFPA 33.7.3.3
NFPA 33.7.3.6

What is “Occupancy?”
“The purpose for which a building or portion thereof is used or intended to be used.”

What is considered a Long Term Care Facility?
Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, & Assisted Living Facilities

Federal Register/Vol 81
Overview Pages 63861-63862

Long Term Care Preparedness
Page 63909

Intermediate Care Facilities
Pages 63912-63914

Please understand the Federal Register Vol 81, No 180 is very extensive. Please follow these links to educate yourself for your facility and staff. These are just a few of many you can research.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2016-09-16/pdf/2016-21404.pdf
https://www.cms.gov/
https://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/
https://www.fema.gov/  

Fire Watch Procedures
NFPA 9.6.1.5
NFPA 9.11.2

System out of service
California Fire Code 901.7

Fire Safety Service, Inc. Strongly Recommends that the policy of your facility should be to establish a Fire Watch immediately and continuously upon recognition that either the fire alarm system or the automatic sprinkler system is inoperative. 

The State of Washington follows the 2018 International Fire Code for Fire Watch Procedures
Last update to their codes for Seattle area is NFPA 2012. The codes here are from 2012
NFPA 9.6.1.6

System out of service
CC&R Title 19, Division 1, 901.7

Fire Safety Service, Inc. Strongly Recommends that the policy of your facility should be to establish a Fire Watch immediately and continuously upon recognition that either the fire alarm system or the automatic sprinkler system is inoperative. 

The State of Washington follows International Fire Code.

Group I-1
Emergency Planning & Preparedness
Please know section 403.8 – 403.8.1.7
2015 Seattle Fire Code/2018 International Fire Code – 403.8.1.4/5
2015 Seattle Fire Code 405.2
2015 Seattle Fire Code – 405.2
Fire and Disaster Drills are on a quarterly basis.

Evacuation Drills
2018 International Code 405.2
Emergency Drill Frequency/Participation – “Semiannually on each shift/All Occupants”

2015 Seattle Fire Code 405-7.1
2015 Seattle Fire Code 405.7.2
2018 International Code 405.7

Additional Codes
2015 Seattle Fire Code/2018 International Code 406.3.1-406.3.4
NFPA Code 33.7.1.3
NFPA Code 33.7.3
NFPA Code 33.7.3.3

The State of Washington follows International Fire Code.

Group I-2
Emergency Planning & Preparedness

Please know section 403.8.2 – 403.8.2.3
2015 Seattle Fire Code/2018 International Fire Code – 403.8.1.2
Group I-2 occupancies SHALL comply with Sections 403.8.2.1 through 403.8.2.3 as well as 401 and 404406
2015 Seattle Fire Code/International Fire Code 405.2
Table 405.2 Group I-2
Fire and Disaster Drills are on a quarterly basis.

2015 Seattle Fire Code/International Fire Code 405.4
“Drills SHALL be held at unexpected times and under varying conditions to simulate the unusual conditions that occur in case of an emergency”

Evacuation Drills
Seattle Fire Code/ International Code 403.8.2.3
Emergency evacuation drills SHALL comply with Section 405  

NFPA 101 4.8.1 – 4.8.2.3 (This code is very extensive. Please read thoroughly).
NFPA 101 18.7.1.2
NFPA 32.7.1 - 32.7.1.4