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Call for Action: Public Comments on NFPA 730

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Wednesday, November 14, 2012
ESA wants to alert the industry to potential negative issues that may result from a change of NFPA 730 from a guideline for Premises Security to a code. We are asking you to provide input during this important public comment period, which ends this Friday, Nov. 16. Please speak out against this change before it becomes permanent!

The change of "NFPA 730: Guide for Premises Security” to "NFPA 730: Premises Security Code” presents major concerns in a number of areas, including administration, economic impact, system design criteria and development of training programs for Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) procedures. The new proposed code wording replaces the word "should" with "shall," effectively transforming the guideline into a requirement.

In ESA’s opinion (along with a number of other groups such as CSAA and SIA), the change in status from a guideline to a code would create a mandate that would trigger unreasonable cost increases in installations. For example, the SVA would introduce a significant upfront cost as well as recurring expenses to building owners and tenants in order to maintain code requirements. This additional burden would have an undesirable impact on business owners, who could choose not to purchase a security solution for the premises.

As the industry's leading association, we believe that decisions regarding designs and solutions should not be determined by government mandate, but rather by property owners and solution providers. Rather than becoming a code, ESA strongly recommends that this document remain as a guideline in which NFPA allows the business owner to make an informed decision regarding the best overall security solution, inclusive of property and people.

If you are concerned and agree that this should not be a code but remain a guideline, you have two choices for providing your input:

  1. Print out the forms at the bottom, fill them out and fax them to the information at the bottom of each form.
  2. You can log directly into the NFPA website to submit your comments:

You do NOT need to be a member of the NFPA to file a comment. You are also permitted to log on as a guest. To help with your comment, you may use the forms that have been attached to this email, which have been partially filled out. Instructions for mail/email submission are on the form as well as a phone number for NFPA staff assistance.

More information about NFPA 730 is available at

Please take the time to speak out against the potentially harmful change in regulations before the public comment period expires on Friday.


NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.1.1

NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.1

NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.2

NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.3

NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.4


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