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NFPA Standards Council Issues Decision on Consumer Fireworks

Major Hurdles for Enforcement Community

NFPA 1124 is the Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles in which the Council has taken a major stance on March 13, 2014 and issued a lengthly decision on the embattled code to withdraw the fire protection standards for the storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.  This includes specific direction to other standards to “expeditiously remove references to and extracts from the consumer fireworks provisions of NFPA 1124”

In 2007 specific requirements where set forth to maintain the protection requirements that relate to the storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.  the issuance of the 2013 edition continued and now will be modified at the direction of the council to exclude storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.

Read the Statement here

The conclusion states:

….. The Council, in particular, is mindful of the enforcer community’s interest in having NFPA develop and maintain these standards.  Indeed, it was this interest that promoted the Council and the NFPA Board to entertain the possibility of having NFPA develop these standards despite the NFPA’s strong institutional policy against the use of consumer fireworks.

….Even when, four years later, the consumer fireworks interests failed to fulfill the sprinkler validation conditions set forth by the Council for the continued issuance of consumer fireworks profession…

The document truly lays out the history of the debate and requests of the consumer firework interest to test and develop sprinkler criteria, the petition with ANSI has forced NFPA to render a decision.  One of the strongest statements is:

Nevertheless, as we have repeatedly said, the Standards Council does not subscribe to the view, without qualification, that the development of a standard by NFPA is invariably better then no NFPA standard.  The Council, after fifteen years of sustained effort, has reluctantly concluded that there should be no NFPA standards for the storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.

As the specifics continue to be developed what will your community or State do now that this important decision has been established?

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Robert March 18, 2014, 12:00 pm

    This seems like a blow to the consensus standard process, as it would appear that the process failed.

    The unfortunate result is that the industry will now have to deal with a million different jurisdictions doing a million different things, which isn’t good for anybody.

  • William Walsh March 18, 2014, 5:12 pm

    What will be next? Will NFiPA withdraw standards for manufacture, transportation, storage and retail sales of gunpowder? Politics, indeed. This seems to be politics, as NFiPA withdraws standards pertaining to something which it disapproves.

  • Adriel Edwards March 19, 2014, 9:02 am

    This is really one to ponder on. Here in the Bahamas, the fire services is not notified in most cases, when fire works are brought into the country. Think about that!

  • William Walsh March 22, 2014, 7:17 pm

    Politics has no place here, nor does a totalitarian approach to risk management.

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