I am the safety coordinator in a food manufacturing plant. I have seen language in the safety manual that the previous safety coordinator put together that directs the plant manager shut down the equipment in our plant in the event of a fire. Is that a requirement, suggestion or not suggested to attempt when a fire is burning?
The emergency stop functions are required where a hazard justifies it. But it sounds like in your facility, you should have an overall, engineered system to shut equipment down with a single action like a red mushroom head E-stop or some such device, not run around and turn off each component individually. Specifically, you should have a Category…
Yes. Particularly if the incoming air from the compressor is humid, and the piping enters a cooler, conditioned building space. This can lead to problems with ice plugs in refrigerated warehouses, and corrosion in other systems. You can install an air dryer on your incoming line if this is an issue.
NFPA 25- Is there a NFPA 25 form that is available to give to tenants?
Aaron, If you are referring to a list of requirements-- no, there is not a standard universal form. The requirements from NFPA 25 would be specific to the type of water-based systems you have at your facility, so standard forms listing requirements are not currently available, as every facility is different. There are, however, tables within…
I have been reading through NFPA 25 and I am trying to understand it a little better. Specifically, is the 5 year inspection required on dry, pre-action systems? Also, if you could reference where it is stated that this applies to dry systems in the code book, it would be much appreciated. Thanks
Chris, The requirements for dry-pipe valves and preaction valves vary slightly, so you'll want to look more closely at each system to answer the question you have to see which requirements apply. My reading of NFPA 25 (2017) is as follows: 22.214.171.124.4 requires that after each trip test (which takes place annually), the valve must be…
I am looking for suggestions for smoke alarms for a hearing impaired instructor that rotates classrooms at a community college. What are the options and which codes need to be followed?
I believe that in order to be ADA compliant, the alarms must also incorporate visual: 702.1 General. Fire alarm systems shall have permanently installed audible and visible alarms complying with NFPA 72 (1999 or 2002 edition) (incorporated by reference, see "Referenced Standards" in Chapter 1), except that the maximum allowable sound level of…
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The fire alarm at my warehouse has issues and occasionally goes off where we can't get it to stop until the company comes out to fix it. Are we allowed to turn off the horns and conduct a fire watch during this time?
In my day, I would request that you check with me (the local AHJ) and make sure first that you understood what exactly a 'fire watch' is. Once we were both clear with that, you could put a fire watch in place but the main focus would be to get the issue corrected so that you didn't have to go through this again. There has to be a reason why the…
What type of breakers are available today that will allow "Double Tapping" in a residential breaker panel?
NFPA 72 7.5.5. Record Drawings state 126.96.36.199 Record drawings shall consist of current updated and shop drawings reflecting the actual installation of all system equipment, components, and wiring. The question is can someone help clarify what is meant by "actual". I understand wiring and terminations, actual locations of devices, etc. What about… Show more
The more factual the "as built" (record documents) means to me a better quality job has been done. Especially during troubleshooting system failures. I have seen the results of major alterations to fire alarm system done by a licensed contractor without the as built drawings. Of course, citations were issued and plan of correction approved. No…
Would both switches [or whatever is being used to comply with 445.18(B)(2)] get wired to the same exact terminals in the controller? Or are there separate terminals for each of the switches?
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