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Guide to Flammable Liquids


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has long been the world’s most recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of human life and property from the hazards of fire. NFPA membership currently exceeds over 70,000 fire protection professionals from close to 100 countries. The NFPA publishes over 300 nationally recognized fire codes and standards, as well as fire service training and public education materials.

The 2015 edition highlights 11 notable changes from the 2012 edition.

  • A new storage height restriction of 12 feet for unprotected storage in mercantile occupancies.
  • Numerous amendments to Chapter 16 to eliminate inconsistencies between NFPA 30 and NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler System rules.
  • Separation distances were increased between process vessels and adjacent important buildings and property lines as recommended by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
  • A new subsection was added to cover hand-operated pumps to dispense liquids that require the use of compressed air.
  • A new section governs the installation of bulk cooking oil storage and dispensing systems for use in commercial kitchens.
  • The use of a weak roof-to-shell seam was eliminated as a means of emergency venting for aboveground steel storage tanks.
  • A maximum capacity of 50,000 gallons was set for all secondary containment type storage tanks for Class I, Class II and Class IIIA liquids.
  • Provisions for the use of low melting point piping material were strengthened.
  • Added additional requirements for those responsible for loading and unloading tank vehicles.
  • Security of storage tanks in remote areas is now addressed in Annex A.

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Posted on: September 29, 2015, by : FAS SWFL