New Hampshire has recently adopted two key National Fire Protection Association safety codes. The 2003 edition of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code and the 2000 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code are now part of the state's set of model safety codes.

The state's Board of Fire Control selected the NFPA codes after a thorough review of other available model safety codes.

"Our review showed that NFPA's codes are the best choice to protect public safety in our state," said Bill Degnan, New Hampshire state fire marshal. "Not only does NFPA provide us with the best codes, but also the Association offers the highest level of service to code officials throughout our state."

As a result of this adoption, NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 will protect New Hampshire residents and their property in new and existing buildings, effective immediately. NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. NFPA 101, used in all 50 states, mandates building design construction, operation, and maintenance requirements to protect building occupants from the dangers caused by fire, smoke and toxic fumes.

New Hampshire will participate in a training program developed by NFPA and offered to cities and states that have adopted NFPA 1, NFPA 101, and other key NFPA codes and standards. Taught by NFPA technical experts, the training covers all of the codes' requirements and the numerous ways the codes may be utilized and enforced. NFPA will make available free training and the associated codebooks to all state code enforcers who attend.

NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 are part of a full set of codes for the built environment, developed by NFPA and its partners. The Comprehensive Consensus Codes (C3) Set represents the only full set of construction-codes developed through processes accredited by the American National Standards Institute, a private, nonprofit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.