NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities

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2012 NFPA 76

2012 NFPA 76, Spanish
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 76

Today, society and the economy are more dependent than ever on the telecommunications network for emergency communications, security, and transfer of electronic data, so protecting the public network from threats is essential. The 2012 NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities provides the latest requirements for fire protection of facilities providing telephone, data, wireless, internet, and video services to the public as well as life safety for the occupants plus protection of equipment and service continuity.

Comprehensive coverage includes both performance-based and prescriptive options for:

  • Telecommunications equipment spaces
  • Cable entrance facilities
  • Power areas and battery spaces
  • Main distribution frames
  • Standby engine areas
  • Technical support areas
  • Administrative areas
  • Building services and support areas within large and small facilities

Among the changes in the 2012 edition of NFPA 76 are:

  • New Section on Hot/Cold Aisle Containment Systems
  • New definitions extracted from the 2011 NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®)
  • Additional annex material to better supplement the requirements of the Standard
  • Updated references
  • Revised Chapter 1 removes non-enforceable language

Meet society's needs for reliable telecommunications services by working with the 2012 NFPA 76. (Softbound, Approx. 62 pp., 2012)

NFPA® 76 Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities 2012 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Design Options
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
3.4 Area Definitions
3.5 Detection Systems Definitions
3.6 Equipment Definitions
3.7 Performance-Based Approach Definitions
3.8 Aisle Containment Definitions
Chapter 4 Risk Considerations
4.1 Risk Factors
4.2 Service Continuity Risks
Chapter 5 Performance-Based Approaches
5.1 General
5.2 Performance Objectives
5.3 Performance Criteria
5.4 Design Assumptions
5.5 Fire Scenarios
5.6 Methods of Assessing Performance
5.7 Documentation
5.8 Acceptance
Chapter 6 Prescriptive-Based Approaches
6.1 General
6.2 Construction
6.3 Protection from Exposures
6.4 Means of Egress
6.5 Means for Selective Depowering
6.6 Building Services Equipment
6.7 Emergency Lighting
6.8 Signal-Processing Equipment Area
6.9 Cable Entrance Facility Area
6.10 Power Areas
6.11 Main Distribution Frame Areas
6.12 Standby Engine Areas
6.13 Technical Support Areas
6.14 Administrative Areas
6.15 Building Service and Support Areas
Chapter 7 Redundant or Replacement-Based Approaches
7.1 Redundancy or Replacement Approach
7.2 Construction
7.3 Protection from Exposures
7.4 Means of Egress
7.5 Means for Depowering
7.6 Telecommunications Equipment Areas
7.7 Building Services Equipment
7.8 Emergency Lighting
Chapter 8 Fire Protection Elements
8.1 General
8.2 Construction
8.3 Compartmentation
8.4 Alarm Processing
8.5 Fire Detection
8.6 Fire-Extinguishing Systems
8.7 Smoke Management Systems
8.8 Telecommunications Equipment Ignition and Fire Resistance
Chapter 9 Fire Prevention
9.1 Housekeeping
9.2 Telecommunications Electrical Equipment and Wiring
9.3 Nontelecommunications Electrical Equipment and Wiring
9.4 Construction, Alterations, and Equipment Installations
9.5 Employee Awareness
9.6 Physical Security
9.7 Means of Egress
9.8 Displays and Decorations
9.9 Open Flame Devices
9.10 Cable Management
9.11 Vacant Areas
Chapter 10 Pre-Fire Planning, Damage Control, and Emergency Recovery
10.1 General
10.2 Fire Safety Manager
10.3 Life Safety of Occupants of the Facility
10.4 Fire Safety of Fire Fighters
10.5 Damage Control Procedure
10.6 Selective Depowering
10.7 Emergency Recovery Procedures for Continued Operations
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Performance Test Procedures for Very Early Warning and Early Warning Fire Detection Systems
Annex C Hazard Areas and Other Issues of Concern
Annex D Smoke Management
Annex E Pre-Fire Planning
Annex F Assumptions Related to Specific Hazard Areas
Annex G Informational References

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  • New material appears in blue underscored type.


Sample (NEC® 2014)

411.2411.3 Definition. Low-Voltage Lighting Systems.


(A) General. Lighting Ssystems Ooperating at 30 Volts- volts or  Less. A lighting system consisting less shall consist of an isolating power supply, the low-voltage luminaires, and associated equipment that are all identified for the use. The output circuits of the power supply are shall be rated for not more than 25 amperes and  operate at 30 volts (42.4 volts peak) or lessmaximum under all load conditions.


(B) Class 2. Listed Class 2 lighting equipment shall be rated in conformance with Chapter 9, Table 11(A) or Table 11(B).


411.3411.4 Listing Required. Lighting systems operating at 30 volts or less shall comply with 411.3(A)411.4(A) or 

411.3(B).411.4(B). Class 2 power sources and lighting equipment connected to Class 2 power sources shall be llisted.