Prevent Fire Damage During Renovations: NFPA 241

Updated January 2024.

During healthcare construction and renovation projects, fire safety issues typically arise from a lack of knowledge or understanding of NFPA 241, the standard that provides measures for preventing or minimizing fire damage to structures during construction, alteration or demolition.

Recently, we caught up with Josh Brackett, PE, SASHE, CHFM (a.k.a. Josh The Fire Geek) and Bruce Bickford, STARC’s Vice President of Product Development, to examine The Most Common Fire Safety Issues During Healthcare Renovations.

During this informative webinar, Josh discussed several key concepts, including how the lack of understanding surrounding NFPA 241 contributes to a lack of enforcement, and why competing codes and standards are creating confusion.

He provided real-world examples aimed at helping you know when to bring projects up to new occupancy chapter requirements, referencing NFPA 101 Chapter 43, which covers building rehabilitation. Finally, Josh explained why UL listed assemblies are critical, providing visual examples of specific installation requirements.

It was an eye-opening session, rounded out by Bruce’s insights on how STARC has solved the industry’s containment problems when faced with fire and building code requirements. To watch the video replay, including the live Q&A at the end, click here.

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