Maryland became the most recent state to accept and implement the 2009 editions of the National Fire Protection Association 101, Life Safety Code; NFPA 1, Fire Code; and the 2008 edition of NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code.
Hawaii has adopted NFPA 1 as the state fire code for the first time, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The decision to adopt the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire code rested with the State Fire Council, which is composed of the fire chiefs from the four county fire departments.
Readers of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 72 2010, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, will find many changes including three new chapters. One of the new chapters is dedicated to circuits and pathways.
There have been extensive changes to the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. One of the more significant changes was the addition of the circuits and pathways chapter, Chapter 12. Twenty years ago, all we had to describe fire alarm circuits was Class A and B.
Typically, contractors know what codes and standards are in force in their market areas, and if they don’t, they should find out. But often this is limited to the code they use the most, the National Electrical Code (NEC).
National Fire protection Association (NFPA) 70B (Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance) contains the requirements to perform frequency inspections and evaluate components of equipment for safe operation.
In November, I covered the layout of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70, the National Electrical Code. Here, I discuss the layout and use of NFPA 70E and its relationship to NFPA 70.
We often think about what the building code requires but not about the building occupants where we install a fire alarm system. In a hotel, for example, a large number of people are in unfamiliar surroundings.
In 2008, fires caused more than $15.5 billion in direct property loss, but overall, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reported a decline in fire losses from the previous year. Fires in residential properties accounted for $8.6 billion.
Recently, while witnessing a company performing a periodic test and inspection of a large, old fire alarm system, technicians discovered the system’s trouble light was illuminated. A fire alarm’s trouble light is never insignificant.
Contractors often field calls from prospective customers regarding the installation of a fire alarm system. The customer has made the decision to protect his building and wants advice on how best to accomplish this goal.
Recently, I fielded a question about the basic statement in Section 695.3 of the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) that “electric motor-driven fire pumps shall have a reliable source of power.” The question involved the reliability of the power source for one of the most important electrical motor
Last month, this column introduced the new Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) Chapter 24 that will debut in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72-2010, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. It references another new chapter, Chapter 12, Circuits and Pathways.
The National Electrical Code (NEC) development process just keeps rolling along. It is hard to believe that the 2011 NEC revision process is already well underway. It seems like many have just started figuring out what changed in the 2008 NEC, and the 2011 edition will be here before we know it.