by Casey Grant, P.E., FSFPE
From the new issue of NFPA Journal®
The trend in equipment used in today’s telecommunications and information technology (telecom/IT) facilities is for smaller, more powerful characteristics that can require unique operating features and create challenges for fire protection. New and different layout configurations, facility designs, power requirements, and environmental support, such as HVAC needs, have resulted in a changing landscape for these applications.
From a risk standpoint, the indirect impact of fire loss due to business interruption and loss of critical operations, sometimes geographically very distant from the telecom/IT facility itself, can far outweigh the direct property loss.