2017 NFPA meeting is critical for health care

Thnak you to all ASHE members who attended the 2017 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference and Technical Meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to attend this meeting?
Changes to two major codes affecting health care—NFPA 101 and NFPA 99—will be discussed and voted on at the meeting. Health care representatives should be there to vote on changes that could affect health care facilities for decades into the future. For more information on why this is so important, read this full article.

What kind of changes will be voted on this year?
A full list of proposed changes is available on the NFPA website. One key issue that will be up for a vote is allowing smoke compartments to be a maximum of 40,000 square feet instead of the current 22,500 square feet. ASHE supports this move because it will provide more flexibility, promote healthier environments, and improve the patient experience of care. ASHE has created a document listing positions and voting considerations for all the proposals.

ASHE’s positions and voting considerations >>


Why do we need to increase the maximum smoke compartment size?

This change has the potential to save lives! Each year, about 75,000 patients with health care associated infections die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increasing smoke compartment size allows greater design flexibility for creating more single-patient rooms. Single patient rooms can lead to fewer infections—and they also promote privacy and increase patient satisfaction. A focus on single patient rooms—along with additional space needed for modern equipment, visiting families, and staff to monitor patients—means that more space is now needed per bed than during the 1970s when the 22,500 square foot maximum was first introduced.  For more information on how expanding the maximum smoke compartment size has the potential to save lives, read this full article.

The need for 40,000 square foot smoke compartments >>


How can I help?

If you are an NFPA member:

  1. Register now for the 2017 NFPA Conference and Technical Meeting, and plan on attending the technical meetings where votes are held.
  2. Let ASHE know you are coming by completing our RSVP form. We’ll connect you with information about these issues and send you an invitation to health-care related events.


If you are not an NFPA member:

  1. Talk to others in your facility or in your area and encourage all NFPA members to attend the meeting.
  2. Talk to your authorities having jurisdiction about these issues and encourage them to vote at the NFPA technical meetings if they are attending.

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NFPA Quick Compare™ discount for ASHE members
ASHE members receive a 10 percent discount on the NFPA Quick Compare™, Life Safety Code 2000 & 2012 for Health Care. The discount applies to both the Quick Compare book and the handy online Quick Compare tool. Learn more about the discounted rates.

Saving Resources Through Proactive Leadership and Advocacy
Watch the following webinar recording to learn how to lead proactively, create patient-centered approaches, advocate for yourself, and avoid reflexive, defensive actions.

Webinar recorded December 2, 2016
Speaker: Dave Dagenais

Additional Resources

  • Your Vote Counts! Make sure your NFPA membership is up to date (visit nfpa.org/join) so that you can attend the meeting and cast your critical vote on issues at the 2017 NFPA Technical Meeting in Boston. Watch future ASHE emails for calls to action on issues as they come up. We will set the stage for better codes and standards, but we need your voice and your vote to make it happen.
  • Check out this excerpt from the 2015 ASHE Advocacy Report.