Nashville Fire

Nashville Bar Owners Not Too Keen on New Fire Safety Regulations

Bar and club owners in Nashville, Tennessee, are speaking out about the new fire code regulations its Metro council members recently implemented, claiming that the new standards are too costly and unnecessary for venues that consistently pass inspections.

The city’s council members, with support from the Nashville Firefighters Association, have adopted the new codes in an effort to help bar owners avoid tragic incidents like the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, in 2003, and the most recent one that took place in Bangkok, Thailand, this past New Year’s.

According to, establishments that hold 100 people, serve alcohol and offer live music are expected to retrofit their establishments with sprinkler systems at their own expense. Due to the debate as to whether or not the currently instated codes are necessary, council members are looking into implementing the International Fire Code, which is followed by the state of Tennessee as well as 30 of the country’s largest cities.

For more information on the new 2009 International Fire Codes, you can visit the website of the International Code Council, at