Fire Safety Code, Rhode Island

Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations Promulgated by the Board of Appeal and Review

To begin, select a rule section from the drop-down menu located in the upper right corner of this page.

Index

Section 1      Declaration of Policy
Section 2      Consolidation of Rhode Island Fire Safety Code
Section 3      (Enabling Legislation references)
Section 4      Definitions
Section 5      Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review
Section 6      Administrative Powers of the Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review
Section 7      Rhode Island Fire Code (NFPA 1 - 2012 edition) of the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code
Section 8      Rhode Island Life Safety Code (NFPA 101 - 2012 edition) of the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code
                   (Section 8 is where the primary code requirements affecting all new and existing buildings in the state can be located)

  • Chapter 9: Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment
  • Chapters 12/13: New/Existing Assembly Occupancies
  • Chapters 14/15: New/Existing Educational Occupancies
  • Chapters 16/17: New/Existing Day Care Occupancies
  • Chapters 18/19: New/Existing Health Care Occupancies
  • Chapters 20/21: New/Existing Ambulatory Health Care Occupancies
  • Chapters 22/23: New/Existing Detention and Correctional Occupancies
  • Chapter 24: One- and Two-Family Dwellings
  • Chapter 25: Three-Family Apartment Buildings
  • Chapter 26: Lodging or Rooming Houses
  • Chapter 27: Emergency ShelterOccupancies
  • Chapters 28/29: New/Existing Hotels and Dormitories
  • Chapters 30/31: New/Existing Apartment Buildings (4+ units)
  • Chapters 32/33: New/Existing Residential Board and Care Occupancies
  • Chapters 36/37: New/Existing Mercantile Occupancies
  • Chapters 38/39: New/Existing Business Occupancies
  • Chapter 40: Industrial Occupancies
  • Chapter 42: Storage Occupancies
  • Chapter 44: Hazardous Conditions

Section 9      Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Building and Structures
Section 10    Rhode Island Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72 - 2010 edition) -- also see Section 8, Chapter 9
Sections 11 – 15     RESERVED

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NOTE: Sections 7, 8 and 10 codify the RI amendments to the adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes - in order to properly utilize the State Fire Safety Code, both the NFPA core document and the associated RI amendments must be read jointly. To view the applicable NFPA document in its entirety, use the link on the Home page to NFPA codes - when doing so, be certain to select the correct edition year, as indicated above, using the "Current and Prior Editions" tab on their site.

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SMOKE ALARM AND CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) ALARM REQUIREMENTS for 1-, 2- and 3-family dwellings

  1. For 1- and 2-family dwellings, select Section 8 above and scroll down to Chapter 24.
  2. NOTE: See # 14-04 and # 13-01 on the "Interpretations" tab for clarifications and formal interpretations on these requirements.

  3. For 3-family apartment buildings, select Section 8 above and scroll down to Chapter 25.

Additional reference information for smoke alarms can be found in NFPA 72 (2010) National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and for carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in NFPA 720 (2012) Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment.

 



























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