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The NFPA Standards Council has issued a decision based on a recent report by the Fire Protection Research Foundation that focused on the use of antifreeze in non-residential sprinkler systems. The report, “Antifreeze Solutions Supplied through Spray Sprinklers: Interim Report”, raised concerns surrounding the combustibility of antifreeze solutions in nonresidential commercial applications. The Council decision directs that the responsible Technical Committees meet and review the report and take appropriate action. Read the full Standards Council decision.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 72 is being published for public review and comment:

  • Proposed TIA No. 1050, referencing Section 14.4.5, Table 14.4.3.2, and 29.10 of the proposed 2013 edition

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the May 18, 2012 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

- Debbie Baio

http://www.nfpa.org/publicColumn.asp?categoryID=2463&itemID=55626&src=NFPAJournalIndustrial occupanciesThe March/April issue of NFPA Journal delves into the unique aspects of alarm and sprinkler requirements in industrial occupancies. As discussed by columnist Wayne Moore, these settings frequently store hazardous materials or use them in manufacturing operations, prompting the use of specific NFPA codes and standards, including NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®.

Here's a few words from Moore's column:

Code requirements for industrial occupancy fire alarm  systems are straightforward. However, the monitoring and additional  supervision requirements of the fire alarm and automatic sprinkler  systems mandated by some insurers could surprise designers and  installers, who must take care when determining the extent of the fire  alarm system design and its operation.

For the entire column, read the latest edition of NFPA Journal.

-Fred Durso, Jr.

“When You Hear a Smoke Alarm, Get Out and Stay Out” is the name of the NFPA’s new Learn Not to Burn Preschool lesson. It includes objectives, background information for the teacher, three lesson plans that teach the behavior in different ways, two newly recorded upbeat smoke alarm songs in MP3 files, new art for coloring to go with the songs, and a letter to send home to the parents. This lesson includes many activities that will engage the children while they learn.

 

 

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Residents of two Washington communities have a chance to see, first-hand, the power of home fire sprinklers this week.

 

 

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A well-designed egress system can be compromised by a lack of visual cues or inconsistent/incorrect user information. NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® requires exit signs, directional exit signs, and NO Exit signs to provide occupants with sufficient information to make effective use of egress routes with which the occupants might have no familiarity. The problem of conflicting or incorrect information can be worse than providing no information. Exhibit 1 depicts signage on a door equipped with delayed egress locking hardware. The sign directing the user to “Push Until Alarm Sounds…” is required by NFPA 101. The sign advising that a security code must be inputted prior to exiting via the door might be correct for non-emergency, day-to-day use by authorized personnel but is incorrect relative to the operation of the door under fire or similar emergency. The conflicting information might cause a person to leave the area in search of another exit door rather than attempting to open this door.

 

Emergency door

Exhibit 1. Door with delayed egress hardware and conflicting information placards.

Assembly venue egress systems, although code-compliant when installed, must be vigilantly inspected and maintained in order to perform as designed in time of fire or similar emergency.

For expanded commentary and additional photos, see the Life Safety Code® Handbook – 2012 available from NFPA. 

-Chris Dubay

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