NFPA 45 criteria has changed, is your lab in compliance?

Are you responsible for identifying hazards present in your laboratory? Do you know if your lab is currently compliant with NFPA 45 regulations? 

The NFPA 45 Standard for 2015 has just been published with many changes. Among those changes, the new standard states, “If a hazard assessment determines that an automatic extinguishing system is required for the chemical fume hood, then the applicable automatic fire protection system standard shall be followed.”

While laboratory fume hoods help control the risk of fume inhalation, they provide little to no protection against the risk of fire – and can even complicate detection of fires starting in the hood. Virtually all labs have procedures in place to help prevent fires; however, accidents can and do happen and the presence of ignition sources such as gas burners, hot plates and pyrophoric materials – and the inherent volatility of some chemical compounds and reagents – all lead to a significant fire risk in the fume hoods. Firetrace International is proud to be a world leader in fire detection and suppression systems for fume cabinets.

Detecting a fire in its early stage is critically important in reducing the risk of injury to laboratory personnel and/or the damage to equipment. The proprietary Firetrace Detection Tubing (FDT) is the key to fast, accurate fire detection. This flexible, heat sensitive, polymer tubing is mounted behind the baffles of a fume cabinet. As a fire begins, the flames immediately follow the airflow into the cabinet’s baffles. With the Firetrace tubing crisscrossing the baffles, quick detection and suppression is assured in the cabinet, before the fire can spread. In most cases the fire damage is limited to the apparatus in which it starts, with no subsequent damage to the room or facility.

Firetrace systems have been successfully protecting hoods against the risk of fire for more that two decades. Our systems can be installed on new or existing hoods, will not interfere with fume hood operation or maintenance and requires no electrical power to operate. Experts all around the world endorse the Firetrace Automatic Fire Suppression systems and we can help ensure you are compliant with NFPA 45 legislation.

For advice or further information contact Firetrace directly at +1 480 607 1218, or, or via their website at


About Firetrace International

ISO 9001:2008 registered Firetrace International is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with its EMEA offices in Gatwick in the UK.  Genuine Firetrace is available only via Firetrace International’s global network of authorised distributors.  These trading partners are skilled in hazard analysis, agent and system selection, installation, commissioning and support.  They also use only genuine Firetrace components.   Details of these authorised distributors are available by contacting Firetrace International at   The Firetrace EMEA head office in the UK can be contacted on +44 (0) 1293 780 390 and the company’s website is at

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