In NFPA 72 does it say anything about inspecting by design or by code?
Not sure your question.
Most systems are inspected per the year NFPA 72 edition they were installed by.
A system is understood meet 72, when it was installed,,,, And normally does not have to meet a newer 72.
Is that what you are getting at?
Yes it is thank you. I am just confused on why our company is telling us to do 2 separate things.
Ok, now kind of the real answer
When a fire alarm is installed,
1. Normally, the building or fire code dictates, when it is required.
2. Then normally, there is a reference to install per NFPA 72.
3. BUT, also, sometimes in the building or fire code, there are also system design standards.
4. SO, back to the original question, in away you have to inspect to both NFPA 72 and the Codes.
But I think most companies say just inspect to 72, and the idea that it was installed to code originally, so you inspect what is there, and nothing else.
I think it is more of a company attitude, as to how the inspection is done.
Here is what 2019 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code says about installing the system per the approved design documents:
And what the code says about certified compliance:
In NFPA 72, there was nothing that I am aware of that say inspections must be accomplished by an AHJ. Only the required documentation must be done per the National Fire Alarm Code and available to the AHJ.
Local building safety codes and regulations may require the AHJ inspection. Our jurisdiction's regulations did not authorize any of the inspections or tests of NFPA 72 to be done by our staff. We would survey the building for compliance with the IBC, IFC, and NFPA 101 fire detection, alarm, and communications system requirements. We would look to be verify the facility would have a maintenance and testing program complying with the applicable requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 72.
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