Massachusetts has adopted a new Comprehensive Fire Safety Code that took effect January 1, 2015. The new code is largely based on the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code, with Massachusetts amendments. In the thirty days since the code took effect, fire officials have reported a smooth transition, thanks in part to the continual, decades-long evolution of the state fire code.
The new code marks a departure for Massachusetts, which had previously relied on a homegrown local code. The move to a national code creates consistency with other states without compromising safety, and state specific amendments were created to cover gaps in the universal code.