NFPA 16: Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems

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Design and install foam-water fire protection systems for high-challenge fires with the 2015 NFPA 16.

Used primarily in settings that use or store hydraulic fluids or other flammable liquids, NFPA 16: Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems outlines requirements for the design, installation, and maintenance of systems for reliable fire protection.

Consult the 2015 NFPA 16 for the latest on components; water supplies; design and installation; acceptance tests; and inspection, testing, and maintenance. Systems are to be designed with the required density for either foam or water application as the controlling factor, depending on the design purpose.

Updates in NFPA 16 help designers, installers, and facilities managers avoid errors and conduct timely testing and approvals.

  • The revised definition of foam-water systems reduces the risk for misapplication of an excessive water application on a flammable liquid fire prior to the foam discharge.
  • A new requirement helps ensure the proportioning system can meet the actual calculated system discharge demand at the most remote (4) sprinklers. This change assists facility managers and testing personnel in carrying out the test thoroughly.
  • Updated test forms follow the same familiar format as NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems, to promote timely system approvals.

The 2015 NFPA 16 is an essential resource for designing effective fire protection systems, particularly for warehousing and process spaces where there is a high potential for flammable or combustible liquid pool fires. Foam-water systems are also common for tire storage facilities, where fires can create a significant problem from a control and suppression perspective. (Softbound, 34 pp., 2015)

NFPA<sup>®</sup> 16 Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems 2015 Edition

NFPA® 16 Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems 2015 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
1.6 Units
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 General Requirements
4.1 General System Information
4.2 Types of Systems
4.3 Foam Discharge Duration
4.4 Reserve Supply of Foam
4.5 Preprimed Systems
4.6 Approvals
Chapter 5 System Components
5.1 Approved Devices and Materials
5.2 Discharge Devices
5.3 Foam Concentrates
5.4 Foam Concentrate Proportioning Means
5.5 Foam Concentrate Pumps
5.6 Power Supply and Controller
5.7 Foam Concentrate Storage Tanks
5.8 Piping, Valves, Pipe Fittings, and Hangers
5.9 Location
5.10 Alarms
5.11 Strainers
5.12 Automatic System Detection
5.13 Supervision
5.14 Test Connections
Chapter 6 Water Supplies
6.1 Water Quality
6.2 Water Supply Capacity, Pressure, and Duration
Chapter 7 System Design and Installation
7.1 General
7.2 Working Plans and Specifications
7.3 Design Criteria
7.4 Hydraulic Calculations
Chapter 8 Acceptance Tests
8.1 Flushing of Supply Piping
8.2 Hydrostatic Pressure Tests
8.3 System Tests Discharging Foam from Foam-Water Deluge and Spray Systems
8.4 Proportioning System Testing
8.5 Instructions
Chapter 9 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
9.1 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Foam-Water Sprinkler Systems
9.2 Testing and Inspection of Alarm and Detection Devices
9.3 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Frequency
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Foam Solution Concentration Determination
Annex C Informational References