What Is Regulated by the International Fire Code?

In our blog, we’ve dedicated a lot of time discussing the importance of fire code laws in this country, how it’s necessary to not only be aware of them, but also understand what they mean and how they can affect you.

While certain fire codes are more well-known, there are others that take on more prominence with new seasons. Now that spring is here, many Americans are already gearing up for summer, feeling the need to let loose a little bit and that might mean one thing: cookouts and fireworks – or the lesser known cousin of fireworks, the sky lantern. You might be familiar with fireworks, but sky lanterns are gaining in popularity around the country, which has put many fire safety agencies on notice.

Recently, as this article points out, the Fire Marshal in King County, WA, has prohibited sky lanterns without a burn permit. This is due to increasing dry weather conditions, and such lanterns can cause major damage to crops and vegetation. The article states, “Sky lanterns are not classified or regulated as fireworks. However, because they include an open flame, they are regulated by the International Fire Code.”

Much of what you do that involves fire is in some way regulated by the International Fire Code, so before you celebrate, please make sure you are following protocol. Certain regulations change depending on the state or region, but if you have any questions, you can contact us at John Michael Agosti & Associates and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

At Agosti & Associates we provide consulting and expert witness services in the areas of Fire/Explosion Investigations; Fire and Building Codes; and Fire Department Operations and Procedures.