National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire investigators have urged all state and local governments to adopt and aggressively enforce national model building and fire safety codes for nightclubs. Additionally, in a report released June 29, NIST called for some significant changes to further strengthen the model codes based on the findings from the agency's investigation of the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in W. Warwick, RI, that killed 100 people.
The investigation concluded that "strict adherence to the 2003 model codes available at the time of the fire would go a long way to preventing similar tragedies in the future. Changes to the codes subsequent to the fire made them stronger. By making some additional changes-and state and local agencies adopting and enforcing them-we can strengthen occupant safety even further."