Trying to find something that says the occupancy must provide access to the riser room from outside. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
I don't see it in the ICC or NFPA 13 but it looks like from all the jurisdictions that I've seen require it have it as an amendment or in their city/county code.
I do recall that NFPA 20 requires some level of coordination of access with the local fire official.
Check the 2012 IFC Section 509 Fire Protection And Utility Equipment Identification And ACCESS. Read the commentary. In an emergency , it s vitally important that the fire department and other emergency responders be able to quickly locate and access critical controls for the fire protection equipment.
The most likely enforceable language for this would be the egress requirements of NFPA 101. See, NFPA 101:7.12/7.13.
Also, NFPA 20, addresses access for fire pump rooms. See, NFPA 20:4.13. Also, notice that this section states that access must be pre-planned with the local fire department.
Hope this helps. Thanks.
Thank you all for your help! This is what I finally found but it was in the 2012 IFC.
SECTION 903AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
903.2,11.1.1 Opening dimensions and access.Openings shall have a minimum dimension of not less than 30 inches (762 mm). Such openings shall be accessible to the fire department from the exterior and shall not be obstructed in a manner that fire fighting or rescue cannot be accomplished from the exterior.
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