NFPA 520: Standard on Subterranean Spaces

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Safeguard people and property against fire and related hazards in subterranean spaces with the 2010 NFPA 520.

NFPA 520: Standard on Subterranean Spaces covers subterranean spaces that are developed for public assembly, business, manufacturing or other uses which are unique environments and present many special fire and life safety considerations. This standard addresses critical safety issues in such underground areas including criteria for:

  • Construction features
  • Means of egress
  • Fire alarm, detection, and suppression systems
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Fire department provisions
  • (Softbound, 17 pp., 2010)

NFPA® 520 Standard on Subterranean Spaces 2010 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Construction Features
4.1 Occupancy in Subterranean Spaces
4.2 Compartmentation Requirements
4.3 Interior Finish
4.4 Electrical Installations
4.5 Control of Smoke Spread
Chapter 5 Means of Egress
5.1 Means of Egress Within the Building
5.2 Means of Egress from the Common Space
5.3 Occupant Load Determination
5.4 Egress Capacity
5.5 Exit Doors
5.6 Illumination in Common Spaces
5.7 Marking
5.8 Refuge Areas
5.9 Exit Passageway
Chapter 6 Fire Alarm, Detection, and Suppression Systems
6.1 Fire Alarm Systems
6.2 Sprinkler Systems
6.3 Standpipe Systems
6.4 Water Supply
6.5 Maintenance
6.6 Emergency Power
6.7 Standby Power
6.8 Alternative Power Supplies
Chapter 7 Emergency Preparedness
7.1 Emergency Action Plan
7.2 Breathing Apparatus
7.3 Fire Exit Drills
7.4 Fire Extinguishers
Chapter 8 Fire Department Provisions
8.1 Communications
8.2 Pre-Fire Planning
8.3 Fire Department Access
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Diagrams of Subterranean Spaces
Annex C Informational References
Index