When protecting a mall with a sprinkler system, the stores should be considered an ordinary hazzard group 2. What about the circulating areas of the mall? Are they a light hazard or an ordinary hazard occupancy?
Circulating areas are usually light hazard. However, if there are many small stores or gift shops in the circulating area then hazard classification could increase. There should be an agreement between designer, owner and AHJ regarding the allowance of these types of stores/shops to avoid issues.
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Also account for an events such as car, home, or craft shows, and holiday events that may require ordinary hazard protection.
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