Fire Code Essentials, 2021 Edition

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This publication is designed to explore the proper application and use of the 2021 International Fire Code® (IFC®) by providing detailed guidance on the most critical code provisions. This book begins with an explanation of occupancy classifications, and Chapter 1 establishes the foundation on which readers will build as they progress through subsequent content. The book is divided into six parts covering topics such as legal aspects of code administration, general fire safety, fire fighter response and access to buildings, water supplies, fire protection systems, hazards in buildings and communities, storage and use of hazardous materials and much more. Straightforward and easy to read, it is an indispensable tool for both new and experienced code users, including fire inspectors, building code officials, fire marshals, fire plans examiners, design professionals, environmental health professionals, facility managers and fire fighters.


  • Updated content accurately reflecting the requirements of the 2021 IFC
  • Detailed, illustrations and tables to help users visualize code language, transforming it into easy-to-understand concepts
  • “Code Essentials” and “You Should Know” topics that reinforce the content and offer helpful snapshots of important concepts
  • References to corresponding code sections, providing added value as a companion guide to the IFC
  • A glossary of code and construction terms that clarifies critical terminology, explaining it in the context of the code
  • Detailed, real-world examples facilitating comprehension of code application and methods for determining code compliance

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