How bad has the fire problem been in Virginia this year? Consider this: since the start of 2018, about one resident has died every four days from fire. State data points to a 40 percent increase in civilian fire fatalities when comparing 2018 first-quarter fire data with last year's. "We need to be mindful of the fire risks in our homes,"… Show more
Purpose: Responsible for mechanical engineering projects from conception through construction, including project management, the establishment of scope, design criteria and program requirements, schematic and conceptual design, final design, construction plans and specifications, bidding and construction award, shop drawing reviews, construction… Show more
Good evening all! NFPA 110, Article 22.214.171.124 mentions that a remote stop switch is necessary for generators. Does anyone know if this switch has to be a physical one or can it be an electronic one? Our site has one on a user interface screen, but not a physical, mechanical button. Just want to get a feel for interpretation of the code on… Show more
The switch should be of a type that requires a mechanical reset, like red emergency stop switch. The 2017 NEC added the prime mover shut down requirements in NFPA 110 126.96.36.199 to NEC Article 445.18(B). Keep in mind that NFPA 110 is a performance standard, and the NEC is an installation Standard. An electronic stop station would not meet the NEC…
Today’s post is from NFPA staff, Jacqueline Wilmot (@JWilmot_NFPA). Jacqueline is a Fire Protection Engineer in the Building and Life Safety Department where she serves as Staff Liaison to multiple NFPA Technical Committees, including Commissioning and Integrated Testing responsible for the development of NFPA 3 and NFPA 4. Most recently,… Show more
What is the suitable fire alarm (initiating device) for saunas, steam rooms and spas.
In a recent project, during a pre-inspection of the job site, a question was raised regarding the shut down of fans during a fire event. In an ICU unit, contained within a single smoke compartment, the isolation fan for the AII rooms must be kept running during the fire event due to health concerns. However, general exhaust fans, contributing just… Show more
I have had zero luck with this but several differing opinions We were trying to judge the ampacity of an existing cable, 3 conductors 500KCM in one jacket or cable. This cable is attached to building rafters, about 10 ft between rafters and the cable is surrounded by air above below beside and is indoors near roof no other conductors … … Show more
Does a sofa fabric used in a hotel need to pass NFPA 260? Is this stated somewhere in ada or florida building code?
This makes it look like the same test:: UFAC: Test Method: A sample is placed over a standard foam substrate and exposed to a burning cigarette. Standard to Pass: Class I - Char length less than 1 3/4" Class II - Char length over 1 3/4" NFPA 260: Test Method: A sample is placed over a standard foam substrate and exposed to a burning…
When it comes to wildfire, communities all across the globe are continuing to find ways to work together to prepare ahead and reduce their risk. In Tuesday’s session at NFPA’s Conference & Expo, “A Little Help From Your Friends: Lessons Learned from Wildfire Engagement Campaigns from Around the World,” panel members Faith Berry and Lucian… Show more
Good to learn of Preparedness Days in several countries. Creating defensible space is such a great concept that needs to be marketed to residents in bushfire-prone areas. Garden clubs may be a useful way to get the message out to more householders, especially women, who are often the ones who are the keen gardeners in the family. A garden that…
NFPA code Chapter 400 relative to proximity of equipment, valves, etc, of dissimilar chemicals. Particularly Sulfuric acid 93% and Sodium Hydroxide 50%.
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The June 2018 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available. In this issue: Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments seeking comments on NFPA 1, NFPA 10, NFPA 13, NFPA 25, NFPA 68, NFPA 72, NFPA 260, NFPA 1906, NFPA 1982, NFPA 1994, and NFPA 1999 Public input extended for NFPA 921 Annual 2018 Motions… Show more