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Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code [13 VAC 5 ‑ 51]
Action Update the Statewide Fire Prevention Code
Stage Final
Comment Period Ended on 6/29/2018
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5/24/18  7:33 am
Commenter: Joseph Boisseau Colonial Heights Fire and EMS

Decoration and Curtains

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This section appears to be slated to be deleted. Till me how can a fire official can require flammable decorations inside a school or night club be immediately removed. Of course you can say follow applicable building code when the building was built.  What if, in this case, the building was built prior to 1973 and has not changed use.  Given the fact that the decoration would be installed on a Friday evening and removed by Monday morning and the local building official is not available. The fact that a building permit is not required for curtains and wall hangings, so the local building official would not be inspecting for such.  The example is ring dance or prom decorations in a high school that opened in 1964.

807.1. General requirements. In occupancies in Groups A, E, I and R-1 and dormitories in Group R-2, curtains, draperies, hangings and other decorative materials suspended from walls or ceilings shall meet the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701 in accordance with Section 806.2 or be noncombustible.

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