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The benchmark for safety in all types of structures has been fully updated with new and revised requirements that work together more effectively than ever to minimize danger to life from the effects of fire and related hazards. Unique in the field, only the Life Safety Code establishes a minimum threshold of safety in both new and existing structures...contains a performance-based compliance option...and provides separate, more flexible criteria for building rehabilitation vs. new construction to encourage adaptive reuse of buildings without sacrificing safety. Update your knowledge with today's blueprint for safety in all types of structures! The 2009 NFPA 101: Life Safety Code incorporates the latest research, technological advances, and industry developments to provide the most advanced rules for sprinklers, alarms, egress, emergency lighting, smoke barriers, special hazard protection--the complete range of construction, protection, and occupancy features that impact lives every day. New evacuation strategies and technologies facilitate faster movement of more people in an emergency. Get up-to-date on rules for elevator use for occupant-controlled evacuation and supplemental evacuation equipment. Additional sprinkler mandates for all existing high-rise health care occupancies and all new apartment buildings will save even more lives and further reduce fire injuries. New requirement for inspection of door openings ensures that fire doors will be operational in an emergency. New criteria for remoteness of exit accesses and exit discharges minimizes the possibility of both paths becoming blocked by a single fire. New rule for 2-way communication systems in areas of refuge even where the building is sprinklered means people unable to leave the area can communicate with emergency responders as to their location. Health care occupancy door locking for patient protective needs improves security.