150: Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities


Organized like NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, NFPA 150 is the only code to address the life safety needs of animals.

Developed after a series of disastrous fires in racetrack stables, NFPA 150, Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code helps users evaluate the physical setting of both human and animal occupants and their level of protection in case of a fire.

For the 2019 edition, NFPA 150 has been rewritten and changed from a standard to a code, with a layout similar to NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.

The new Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Code presents core and occupancy chapters and includes seven new animal categories, some broken down further into subcategories, each with requirements tailored to the facilities’ specific hazards and safety needs.

Every aspect of fire and life safety is covered for animals in any type of animal housing facility.

The Code’s fire protection and fire safety mitigation measures can be used in a variety of settings and environments, including barns, stables, kennels, animal shelters, veterinary facilities, zoos, laboratories, and racetracks. NFPA 150 addresses dependencies through a combination of requirements for:

  • Active protection systems such as automatic sprinkler systems and fire alarms, control of building construction and interior finish types
  • Emergency plans to assist with relocation or evacuation of the animals if needed
  • A new annex featuring a table summarizing fire protection requirements for each animal category

NFPA 150 is critical for protecting animals wherever they are kept for any purpose.

Architects, designers, engineers, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), as well as facility owners or operators, will advance the protection of animals on premises with this important updated edition of NFPA 150.

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