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A recent edition of Joint Commission Online provided tips for compliance with requirements relating to the testing of fire pumps and standpipe systems as well as inspections of automatic fire-extinguishing systems located in kitchens.


Read the tips here.


Note that while these tips refer to the 1998 editions of both NFPA 25 and NFPA 96 (because of the currently adopted 2000 edition of NFPA 101 by CMS), the most current version of each of these standards is the 2014 editions.


IT Equipment Fire Protection

Posted by jonhart Employee Jun 16, 2015

NFPA 75 is the Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment (ITE). Whether or not NFPA 75 is applicable to your ITE installation is dependent upon a risk assessment that considers the impact of numerous factors in determining the level of acceptable fire risk. Below, is a link to an article in Campus Fire Safety that identifies these factors and provides a basic overview of applicable fire protection requirements for the protection of ITE. 


Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment

Both the single interlock and non-interlock systems require only one event to occur before water is admitted to the system. The single interlock system is activated by the release of the detection system. Sprinkler activation does not affect this function. The non-interlock system is activated if either the detection system or a sprinkler operates.


The double interlock preaction system requires two events to occur before water is admitted to the system. One event consists of the activation of a device installed on the supplemental detection system. The other event includes the operation of a sprinkler that causes the maintained air pressure in the system to fall to a predetermined level, which is similar to that of a dry pipe system. When one of these events occurs, the system activation valve goes into a preset position. When the second event occurs, the valve opens, and water enters the system. Water does not enter the system until both events occur. These two events can occur in any order and result in the same outcome.



Matt Klaus