In a Daycare occupancy are strobes required in every room of the facility? Or just bathrooms and conference rooms? Please note the current authorized editions in my state are NFPA 72 edition 2007 and NFPA 1010 edition 2009. I appreciate your input.
There are No real specifics, See NFPA 101 Index under "New or Existing Day Care Occupancies", look for "Occupant Notification". Last I checked it says something like...
See NFPA 72 for spacing/placement "Private Mode". During My 46 years of doing inspections, about half of which were New Construction Project Commissioning & Tenant Improvements in existing Occupancies...
In My Humble Opinion, it's best to keep placement of visual signaling devices along the path of Egress and near EXIT doors, in the case of Day Care & Educational Occupancies, especially EXIT doors that lead directly outside in particular. When a Fire Alarm System activated, it seemed logical to have it draw attention toward the Marked Exit's EXIT signs!
In spaces that don't have an EXIT directly outside, place visual devices in the room where they're most likely to get attention and get occupants moving in the right direction, toward an EXIT.
There is always more to add:
Excerpt from 2009 NFPA 101 New Day Care Occupancies:
The private mode only requires the staff to be notified of the fire alarm's signal. It appears that the occupied rooms and corridors do not require general notification by audible and/or visual notification appliances in this I occupied rooms and/or corridors.
Excerpt from: NFPA Journal - In Compliance NFPA 72, Jan Feb 2018
"By contrast, private mode is less well known and not well understood. Private mode provides notification, according to the code, “only to those persons directly concerned with the implementation of emergency action or procedures in the building or area protected by the fire alarm system.” Based on this definition, when using private mode signaling we are not notifying everyone in the area or in the building of the alarm. Additionally, the code allows reduced sound levels for private mode signaling with the same sound level measurement techniques."
"More education is needed regarding the application and notification intent of private mode signaling. In a private mode design, there should only be notification appliances placed in staff areas, which would include the normal staff positions and areas where staff circulate. The staff have methods of communicating with each other; again, the intent is to only notify “persons ([day care,] hospital or nursing home staff) directly concerned with the implementation of emergency action or procedures in the building or area protected by the fire alarm system,” according to the code. There should never be notification appliances—audible, visual, or combination appliances—throughout a health care facility, and never in patient rooms, treatment areas, or operating/procedure rooms."
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