I have in my hospital intermediate sprinkler head yellow bulb is this accepted by NFPA 13, OR we have to change the sprinkler head to Ordinary type red bulb
Intermediate temperature sprinklers are accepted by NFPA 13. Sprinkler should be selected based on design approach and/or ambient temperature (see NFPA 13 table 18.104.22.168). If already installed I wouldn't replace the intermediate temperature sprinklers.
Some accreditation body requested us to replace the sprinklers they said that it not comply with the stranded. Is there any standard in NFPA 13 regarding hospital sprinkler type design requirement
Technically ordinary sprinkler are used when maximum ceiling temperature expected is 38 °C and Intermediate temperature sprinkler are usually used when the maximum ceiling temperature is 66 °C. Both temperature ratings can be used where normal ambient temperature exists. See section 9.4.2.
Other than clothes closets, there are no special sprinkler design requirements for hospitals in NFPA 13. Sprinklers in hospitals are designed and installed just like any other regular building.
If your dealing with a accreditation organization, you probably have little recourse other than to comply. To remain accredited, the organization will see as they feel fit for fire safety in your hospital. To me its a cost of doing business. The fire safety codes to them are minimal requirements, not expected requirements. When you do the change over you may be expected to install quick response sprinklers. To me, replacing them with quick response will be the best choice for future building rehabilitation projects. When budgeting money for building maintenance, the budget should always consider upgrades to the new construction requirements. Hospitals that tend to not comply with fire safety standards seem also to have substandard patient care. Just my observation over the years of hospital regulation.
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