The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) voted to adopt a national model fire code at a recent meeting. The new code adopts the NFPA Fire Code (NFPA 1, 2012 edition) with Massachusetts amendments. Massachusetts joins nearly 20 other states in the country that use this model code as the backbone of their fire code. The new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00) will take effect on January 1, 2015.
The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is a 16 member board responsible for promulgating a comprehensive fire safety code for the state. The board was created in the wake of the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston that killed 492 people, to write the first statewide, uniform fire code. Since the 1940’s, this Governor-appointed board has written, revised and administered the state’s fire code.