City of Providence Requires NFPA 241 Documentation at Time of Permit

The City of Providence has been expecting Construction Fire Safety Plans as part of their permit submission process for years. They have recognized that many disasters (fires, explosions and other mishaps resulting in injury or loss of life) have occurred during demolition and construction. The Rhode Island Fire Code (RIFC) & NFPA 241 are in place to prevent same or reduce negative outcome if an emergency occurs. The City of Providence is expecting to receive NFPA 241 plans as a condition of permit, as the RIFC & NFPA 241 suggests. Expectations are specifically outlined in the Providence Guide to Permitting .

NFPA 241 narratives (FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM; RIFC: 16.3.1, fire protection plans [RIFC: 16.1.3], fire alarm and sprinkler plan; in or out of service, temporary heating, waste disposal, use of flammable and combustibles, hot work (permits by PAI required per RIFC: 41), security, access, standpipes, potable fire extinguisher information, temporary separation, safety during demolition, etc.) are required on every project and the extent of same depends on extent of and hazards associated with the proposed work. The narratives [on company letterhead and signed] have been simple to very complex reports based on the project. When a narrative is received the requesting city reviewer will either accept, comment and/or reject pending receipt of the safeguards not outlined.

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