• Fire Drills/COVID-19

    I have a question regarding Fire Drills during this National Emergency for this COVID-19 at our Hospital. Do we need to make sure all our fire drills are completed within this quarter as per code or can we catch them ...
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  • NFPA 101 Section 14.3.5

    NFPA 101 2012 Section 14.3.5: This section limits non-sprinklered educational occupancy to 12,000 s.f. But it is silent on what type of fire separation to use for the fire area if the total building is more that 12,00...
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  • Is a Refuge Area required in a 2 story school?

    I need information on requirements for refuge communications/communicators in two story schools.  My NFPA Handbook 2019 p. 711 at the top of the page references Communications Systems for Life Safety in Schools....
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  • NFPA issues guidance to government officials on fire protection and life safety systems regardless of occupancy status

    Given the COVID-19 crisis, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging officials to ensure that fire protection and life safety systems be maintained in all commercial and multi-occupancy resid...
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  • Fire Safety of Battery Rooms

     Battery room  Is there any battery explosion risk  associated with maintenance free Batteries? What are fire protection requirements for Battery room having Maintenance free batteries(sealed batteri...
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  • Soliciting public comments on proposed Tentative Interim Amendment to NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code

    The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, is being published for public review and comment: Proposed TIA No. 1503, referencing and A. ...
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  • 13 D System

    Has anyone been asked/required to provide a sprinkler system for a prefabricated mobile unit approximately 499 S/F. It would  be classified in the Residential  Group R-1 and the units will be used for transi...
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  • Don't Compromise Fire Safety While Responding to Coronavirus: Keep Fire Doors Operable

    As incidents of the coronavirus have continued to climb in the U.S., you’d be hard-pressed to get through the past couple of weeks without hearing reports of its spread. All of this is understandably generating ...
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  • Method of Battery Calculation for Fire Alarm System as per NFPA 72

    Hello all, I am looking for a clear method to complete battery calculation for a Fire Alarm System. As per NFPA 72 [2013], "The secondary power supply shall have sufficient capacity to operate the system under qu...
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  • VA Fire Chief Espouses Benefits of Home Fire Sprinklers Pointing to Maryland and DC Success

    In a recent interview the Washington DC CBS affiliate WUSA9, Loudoun County Fire Chief Keith Johnson nailed how Virginia residents can be safer from fire – install home fire sprinklers in new homes.   The...
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  • 08/18/17: Energized Electrical Work Permit

    According to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E, which of the following tasks would require an energized work permit in order to be performed in an energized state?
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  • New NFPA Journal Podcast details implications of coronavirus health care surge

    The challenges of medical surge related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is the topic of a new NFPA Journal Podcast out now. Listen to the entire 45-minute, special-edition episode online now. Or download it wherever...
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  • Fire risk advisor for Oregon forest land

    This is a homeowner question: My adult son wants to buy 50+ acres in Oregon forest land. He wants to live there. Can he hire an advisor (e.g., a certified fire mitigation specialist) to advise him before he buys a sit...
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  • High Pressure Standpipe Main

    My scenario is below: 50 story condo-all concrete and steel 2 fire pumps in parallel on ground level 2 stairwells-both have floor control assemblies, 1 stairwell is for redundancy with all the valves and such. the...
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  • NFPA Code of Construction

    I am looking for guidance on whether sites are held to current year NFPA codes or the "code of construction" like one would be with B31.1.    How would one find the NFPA code during the year of construction...
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  • Clarification of # of feeders and exceptions

    Where more than one structure is on the same property, each must be served by no more than one feeder or branch circuit [225.30]. As you might expect, the NEC provides several exceptions.   Is 225.30(F) one of th...
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  • Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials equivalent to non-combustible material?

    While Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials have an excellent fire resistance rating under ASTM and UL tests, it is not classified as non-combustible under ASTM E136.   NFPA 130, 101 definition of Non-c...
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  • Question concerning HRC1/2 PPE

    Looking to replace our current arc flash equipment and I am wondering if long coats (lab coats) and leggings are a viable replacement to the coveralls in a HRC1 or HRC2 environment.  
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  • Elevator Heat Detector placement

    We recently upgraded an elevator in our detention center.  The elevator inspector has cited us for having the heat detectors too far away from the fire sprinklers in the shaft and the mechanical room.  ...
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  • Does a diesel fire pump controller require surge protection per 2017 NEC, 695.15?

    I believe this still falls within the scope are Article 695.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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