NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities

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Public safety and security demand a reliable telecommunications network -- including telephone, data, wireless, Internet, and video services. Make sure your fire protection plan complies with NFPA 76.

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. NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities addresses the 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 gives designers, architects, facility owners, and AHJs both performance-based and prescriptive options for telecommunication facilities, including:

  • 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

Important changes in the 2016 edition of NFPA 76 reflect the intent of the Standard as it applies to existing and altered facilities in a retroactive manner.

Know if your facility is fine "as is" or requires any additional upgrading to increase the level of safety. In addition, a new chapter identifies the application of NFPA 76 to small, unoccupied structures and the level of protection that must be provided. Meet society's needs for continuous and reliable telecommunications services by working with the 2016 edition of NFPA 76. (Softbound, 66 pp., 2016)

NFPA® 76 Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities, 2016 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1* Scope.
1.2* Purpose.
1.3* Application
1.4 Retroactivity.
1.5* Design Options.
1.6 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 Performance.

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 Means of Egress.
9.7 Displays and Decorations.
9.8* Cable Management.

Chapter 10 Pre-Fire Planning, Damage Control, and Emergency Recovery

10.1 General
10.2* Life Safety of Occupants of the Facility.
10.3* Fire Safety of Fire Fighters.
10.4* Selective Depowering

Chapter 11 Small Unoccupied Structures

11.1 Scope.
11.2 General.

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