A recent edition of NFPA Journal highlighted an ongoing discussion: who is permitted to install home fire sprinklers?
Matt Klaus, NFPA technical services lead for fire protection engineering, states in his article that NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, leaves it to the authorities having jurisdiction to decide who's permitted to install sprinklers.
"Ultimately, there are two different schools of thought on this issue," states Klaus. "The first is that, because many states only permit licensed sprinkler contractors to install systems designed to NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems; or NFPA 13R, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies, this concept should be applied to NFPA 13D as well. The other side of the argument is that plumbers, who are already on-site installing domestic systems, should also be permitted to install NFPA 13D systems."
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