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The Baltimore County Fire Prevention Code

Effective March 19, 2017

The Baltimore County Fire Prevention Code protects lives and property by regulating the hazards of fire and explosion.

The County fire code closely parallels the Maryland Fire Prevention Code but is tailored to the specific needs of Baltimore County and its residents. The code regulates the storage, handling and use of various substances, materials and devices, including fireworks, barbeque grills, commercial cooking equipment and machinery. It sets standards for fire protection systems including automatic sprinkler systems, residential rural water supplies for fire suppression and smoke detectors in day care homes. It also regulates conditions related to the occupancy various types of buildings, including proper egress and requirements for fire drills. It includes specific physical and operational requirements for new and existing occupancies based on the type of use for each occupancy.

The main documents that are included as part of the County Fire Code are the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1 Fire Code, 2012 edition, and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2012 edition.

The Fire Code contains amendments, deletions and additions to the NFPA documents. To have a complete understanding of the code, please review it in conjunction with the NFPA documents.

Revised July 11, 2019         


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