I’ve searched NFPA 72 and NFPA 101 to identify a preventable problem such as, having a visual notification device being blocked by a book shelf during an inspection.
System met standard when installed.
The question would be was the shelf there at time of installation,,
Other is under the chapter for
Could use that to either get rid of the shelf or move the A/V
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
Verify location and condition (all appliances).
Thank you for the help. I actually found the code on inspection, testing and maintenance, you helped confirm my answer.
I typically cite the reference in 101 that requires the fire alarm, and then cite "NFPA 72". So tell them why (101) and tell them what (in 72). I rarely dig out and cite the particular detail of the fire alarm, sprinkler, commercial cooking or other code.
Thanks for your input I appreciate it.
Its just so easy to pick one of code or standards subsections and run with it. When integrating NFPA 101 and NFPA 72, its not that easy.
Here are subsections of NFPA 101 that can be cited for your situation.
2018 NFPA 101:
126.96.36.199 Whenever or wherever any device, equipment, system, condition, arrangement, level of protection, fire-resistive construction, or any other feature is required for compliance with the provisions of this Code, such device, equipment, system, condition, arrangement, level of protection, fire-resistive construction, or other feature shall thereafter be continuously maintained. Maintenance shall be provided in accordance with applicable NFPA requirements or requirements developed as part of a performance-based design, or as directed by the authority having jurisdiction.
188.8.131.52* Existing life safety features obvious to the public, if not required by the Code, shall be either maintained or removed.
For the fire alarm system:
184.108.40.206 Fire alarm systems required by this Code shall be installed, tested, and maintained in accordance with the applicable requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 72 unless it is an approved existing installation, which shall be permitted to be continued in use.
220.127.116.11* To ensure operational integrity, the fire alarm system shall have an approved maintenance and testing program complying with the applicable requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 72.
Before the periodic inspection requirements of NFPA 72 can be applied, Subsection 18.104.22.168 of the 2016 NFPA 72 would require the verification the coverage area for visible occupant notification was even required by NFPA 101 for that space. If not required by NFPA 101, Subsection 22.214.171.124 would apply and the correction may be either maintain the visual device in accordance with NFPA 72 or remove it.
Per the installation standard Table 14.1.3 Visual Inspection NFPA 72:
When required by NFPA 101 to have the visual notification in that space or the appliance was to remain per Subsection 126.96.36.199 of the NFPA 101, per Subsection 18.5.5 Appliance Location of 2016 NFPA 72, the findings of the semiannual inspection would have to confirm spacing of the visual appliance would not comply with this Subsection with one of the visual appliances in the space being obstructed by a shelf.
Thanks Milton that’s very insightful I appreciate your help with this!
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