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Codes and Standards

Adopted References

The issue of adoption is important. The building code that is adopted by a jurisdiction becomes part of the legal requirements of the adopting jurisdiction. This means it may be tested in a court of law.

When the applicable building code references an installation standard or another code, such as NFPA 72, the referenced document also becomes part of the legal requirementsIn other words, if a fatal fire occurs, the application of the adopted code will be examined. If the building code contained specific requirements for a fire alarm system, and the fire alarm system wasn’t properly installed, liability will be determined, and somebody may be found to be at fault.. Thus, if a fire alarm system is not installed in conformance with the requirements of NFPA 72, a violation exists.

It is very important to determine the requirements of all of the applicable codes. There may also be other requirements applied by the authority having jurisdiction. These requirements may be locally adopted, and are as important as those outlined in a published code, such as the Life Safety Code.
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