New Fire Codes Could Impact Animal Producers
The National Fire Protection Association has voted to amend its standards for animal housing facilities – requiring fire sprinkling systems in newly constructed and some existing facilities. The National Pork Producers Council says this is a substantial change of the standards for animal housing. The sprinkler requirement has only applied to facilities like zoos, veterinary clinics and pet shops in the past. These revisions would cover all barns and other facilities where animals are kept or confined. The NFPA’s uniform codes and standards are widely used by state and local governments to set building and fire codes. They are also used as minimum standards to maintain coverage by insurance companies. NPPC believes the overbroad fire codes could significantly increase the cost of new barn construction and maintenance and could subject producers to biosecurity risks during annual sprinkler system inspections. The group is in the process of appealing the decision.