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What are the egress requirements for a 24 hour mailbox area under 49 occupant load?
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Hello,   I am being told that the secondary egress from upper floors of my building is inadequate. We have a three story, six unit apartment building with two apartments per each floor. The building is approximately 80-90 years old. The secondary egress is a wooden fire escape / exterior stair accessible from rear windows.   We are being told… (Show more)
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In NFPA 101, section there is an allowance to install up to 6 sprinkler heads for the protection of a hazardous area without requiring a licensed sprinkler contractor and design. For many years we've provided this as an option when furnaces and boilers needed separation, but installing sheetrock on the ceiling is next to impossible. We'd… (Show more)
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Hi All- Seems to be some conflict here at my facility re: MER space  Do the walls need to be rated?  My understanding is that, yes the walls should be 1 hr., Am I misinformed?   Thanks in advance- 
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I am in charge of inspecting the fire doors at my facility.  The facility I work in is a state mental health facility.  One of the buildings in the facility falls under some of the rules of the Department of Corrections since it is used as a "short-term" facility to treat patients to see if they are able to stand trial or if they need to be moved… (Show more)
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I am putting together slides for an upcoming seminar titled, "Fire-Resistive Design & Detailing with Masonry Walls".  I am looking for masonry details to share with the audience.  Anyone have slides or details to share? 
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NFPA 101 QUESTION: 8.7.5 Hyperbaric Facilities.  All occupancies containing hyperbaric facilities shall comply with NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, Chapter 20, unless otherwise modified by other provisions of this Code.   In this reference, are they saying that Chapter 20 is part of NFPA 99, or are they referencing Chapter 20 of 101, New… (Show more)
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I have a two story self storage building.  The stairway from the 2nd floor leads directly outside with no exterior wall / door; however, the stairway is located within the exterior footprint of the building.  The stairs are protected on three sides from the 2nd story floor down by a 3 hour firewall.  Will the stairs to the 2nd floor need to be… (Show more)
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NFPA 96 section 14.3.4 has a specific exception for gas operated equipment, but there is not and equivalent section for electric equipment. This piece of equipment uses a small amount of wood where the intent is not to ignite the wood but have it smolder.
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