Maryland became the most recent state to accept and implement the 2009 editions of the National Fire Protection Association 101, Life Safety Code; NFPA 1, Fire Code; and the 2008 edition of NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code. The state has also brought several other NFPA codes and standards up-to-date with the most recent editions available. All adoptions became effective as of Jan. 1, 2010.

Maryland has completed training on NFPA 1 and NFPA 101. The state is scheduled to receive further instruction through programs developed by the NFPA, which are offered free to states that have adopted major NFPA codes and standards. NFPA technical experts administer the trainings, which cover the codes’ requirements and the numerous ways they can be used and enforced.

“Maryland’s implementation of the latest editions of NFPA 1, NFPA 101 and several other documents provides us with the tools necessary to continue providing the highest level of protection for the people of our state,” said William E. Barnard, Maryland state fire marshal.