The fire protection engineering unit reviews site plans for fire department vehicular access, locations of fire department connections and locations of fire hydrants. Smoke control system plans, fire alarm system plans, fire suppression system plans, automatic sprinkler system plans, standpipe system plans, fire pump/water supply plans and place of assembly plans are also reviewed by the fire protection engineering unit for building and fire code compliance. The unit also reviews fire protection strategies regarding performance-based fire protection designs and associated building evacuation plans, attends code meetings and appeal hearings on matters pertaining to fire protection systems and performs compliance investigations concerning specialized fire protection/fire prevention matters. The unit provides training to other fire department personnel and answers building and fire code questions about fire protection systems found in buildings and structures.
Our Fire Protection Engineers review site plans during several aspects of project development from initial planning thru the completion in the City of Boston. During the initial stages of project development our engineers review plans for Boston Fire Department vehicular access to the site, the locations of the fire department connections and the location of fire hydrants. The following types of plans are also reviewed by our fire protection engineers for building and fire code compliance either at the early stages of project implementation, or at various stages of project implementation and competition: smoke control system plans; fire alarm system plans; fire suppression system plans; automatic sprinkler system plans; standpipe system plans; fire pump/water supply plans; and place of assembly plans.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips from BFD
Follow these helpful tips to ensure a safe holiday season.
Think Safety First When Heating Your Home This Winter
BFD offers tips and advice on winter heating and safety in the home.
Important gas safety information for residents of Hyde Park from NStar
NSTAR Gas delivers natural gas safely and reliably to customers in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. We ask those residents especially to take a moment to review the following important gas safety information regarding pipeline operations and safety:
Think Safety First When Planning Your Barbecue
BFD offers tips and advice on barbecue safety.
New Requirements for Certain Lodging and Boarding Houses
On December 5, 2012 the Boston City Council adopted MGL Chapter 148 Section 26H requiring owners of lodging and boarding houses renting to 6 or more unrelated tenants to sprinkler their properties by December 5, 2017. (Click links below for more information.)
Restricted Use of Propane (LPG) for "Hot Work"
Effective January 1, 2013
Commercial Hood and Exhaust Cleaners
December 1, 2012 new guidelines from the Boston Fire Department that can affect commercial hood and exhaust cleaners registration
Sale or Transfer of Residential Dwellings
As of August 1, 2012, realtors and sellers scheduling Certificate of Compliance inspections should be aware that under MGL Chapter 148 sec 26F residential dwellings built after 1975 or having 6 or more dwelling units are exempt from the requirements of 26F.....
Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly
Read the new Candle Guidelines that are in effect October 1, 2012. The Boston Fire Department requires that the use of candles in a Place of Assembly be permitted as defined in the attached document.
New Crowd Manager Regulations
According to 527 CMR 10.13 effective June 1, 2011 a trained crowd manager must be present in any Nightclub, Bar, Discotheque, or Dance Hall with an occupant load of 100 or more persons during all hours when the facility is open to patrons.