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Mass. oil tank code

Paul_69 Member Posts: 251
If a oil tank inside a building in mass. was less than 5Ft from a oil burner, is it in the code that you could put up a fire wall?


  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,787
    Yes, according to NFPA 31, which I think Mass now uses. Can't remember if it has to be a 1 hour or 2 hour wall construction.
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 12,362
    Yes, Ma gave up their own oil burner code and now follows NFPA 31 from what I understand.

    Funny thing is most of the installers don't know this. MA passed the new law in 2015 I think and never notified anyone. I only found out when I called the state fire marshalls office to ask a question.
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 12,362
    I looked it up. 1 hr fire rating must extend from floor to ceiling and at lest 1' past the boiler horizontally
  • Paul_69
    Paul_69 Member Posts: 251
    Thanks for the info guys!!
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 3,065
    Just so you know. 
    NFPA is the current “Recommendations “
    thats Minimum. 

  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,460
    I believe MA adopted NFPA31 2011, so changes since then don't necessarily apply.
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    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 12,362
    MA did adopt NFPA 31 in January of 2015 I believe. Funny thing is no one in the state seems to know this. They never told anyone. I used to teach at the union hall and they were still teaching oil burners on the old MA Code.

    The only reason i found out was I called the State Fire Marshall to ask a question