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As a mechanism to expand the installation of fire sprinkler systems in homes, the presence of “incentives” in a jurisdiction can potentially have a considerable impact on the building market and the overall cost of a sprinkler system. To evaluate the nature and impact of incentives, this study , conducted by Newport Partners, LLC for the Fire Protection Research Foundation , identified, characterized, and estimated the approximate value of sprinkler system incentives found in communities across the U.S.



Health care operating rooms may require special protection for its electrical equipment depending if it is classified as either a wet or dry location.  These requirements are based on providing a balance between a safe environment for patients and operating room personnel while at the same time providing a risk based solution and not over-designing the electrical distribution system.  This study, just issued by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, defines and analyzes the hazards associated with hospital operating rooms to clarify the classification type (i.e. wet location versus dry location) of their electrical environment.  It includes a review of the existing literature on fluid spills and electrical hazards in the operating room, a gap analysis for missing information, and a proposed risk assessment method for hospitals to use to evaluate the proper classification of an operating room. 

The report is available for download at no cost.

As part of its 2011 SupDet symposium on March 23rd in Orlando, FL, the Fire Protection Research Foundation will be featuring a ½ day workshop on emerging fire protection challenges for data centers.  Industry leaders will identify suppression and detection issues in these facilities and fire protection engineers will discuss innovative approaches to address them.  Visit the Research Foundation web site for more information.

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