Codes and standards are bare minimum requirements for buildings. Meeting the codes does not mean that building owners are doing enough. Good life safety planning relies upon creating a program where building owners are doing more than what is asked of them—especially when people’s lives are at stake.
Fire protection equipment is legislated by city, state, and federal laws, many of them directly adopted or adapted from model code-making organizations, such as the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Building owners and facilities managers must comply with the fire codes of their area.
Good life safety planning typically is the role of a building owner, business manager, or security/facilities manager. These individuals should be providing their occupants with the highest level of safety and security possible. Responsibility is also on building occupants to be aware of their surroundings and to know what life safety equipment is available.