Greetings and welcome to the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review web site.
The Rhode Island Fire Safety Code sets forth the fire safety requirements for all buildings in the state, new and existing, and has recently been converted into the new RHODE ISLAND CODE OF REGULATIONS (RICR) format. The older format can be viewed by section on this site under the "Rules and Regulations" tab.
To view or download the current code in the new RICR format, use the following links:
Here's what you'll find on the Fire Safety Code Board website:
We welcome the opportunity to provide you with this information and will update this site as the need arises.
If you should have any comments, questions or require additional information or assistance, please submit your request to us via the "Contact Us" tab.
W. Keith Burlingame, Esq.
Addition information and resources regarding fire safety issues in Rhode Island can be found on the RI Division of the State Fire Marshal >>>web site<<< or by telephone at 401-889-5555. Information regarding the inspection process for various occupancy types can be viewed >>>here<<<. The National Fire Protection Association [NFPA] >>>web site<<< is also a source of valuable fire safety information.
ARSON TIPLINE: 401-889-5490.
All National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, including NFPA 1, NFPA 72 and NFPA 101 can be viewed at no cost on the NFPA >>>web site<<<. Additionally, all codes can be purchased online from the NFPA >>>Online Catalog<<< or by telephone at 800-344-3555.
A printed and electronic (CD) version of the 2017 - 2018 Rhode Island Fire Laws and Rules Annotated can be purchased from LexisNexis >>>online here<<< or by telephone at 877-461-8801. This publication contains all fire-related Rhode Island statutes, a complete copy of all rules & regulations, a complete copy of the Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Buildings and Structures and all current Blanket Variances & Formal Interpretations.
ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS
A request for public records can be made in person at the Fire Safety Code Board headquarters between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, or by telephone, letter, fax or email. You can also submit your request using the >>> FSC Public Record Request Form<<<. This form is suggested, however not required, to request any public record maintained by the Board. If you choose not to provide any identifying or contact information, you must contact the Board's Public Records Officer to obtain a request number so that we may accurately respond to your request. See the >>>FSC Access to Public Records Regulations<<< for additional information.
RULES & REGULATIONS UPDATES
Spring, 2018: All ongoing rulemaking for the adoption of the NFPA 2015 document editions is presently under review by the Department of Administration Office of Regulatory Reform. The effective date of any new regulations is undetermined at this time.
KEY DATES IN FIRE HISTORY
February 20, 2003 / Station Nightclub fire -- West Warwick, RI / 100 fatalities
"We Will Remember"
December 13, 1977 / Providence College Aquinas Hall fire -- Providence, RI / 10 fatalities
April 4, 1949 / St. Anthony’s Hospital – Effingham, IL / 74 fatalities
April 5, 1967 / Cornell Dormitory – Ithaca, NY / 9 fatalities (Fire occurred the day before sprinklers to be installed!)
April 16, 1947 / SS Grandchamp & Monsanto Plant – Texas City, TX / 468 fatalities
April 21, 1930 / Ohio State Penitentiary – Columbus, OH / 320 fatalities
April 23, 1940 / Rhythm Club – Natchez, MS / 207 fatalities