NFPA 24: Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances

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2016 NFPA 24 Standard
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For everyone from designers to Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), the latest edition of NFPA 24 is a must-have resource.

An essential Standard for effective water-based fire protection, NFPA 24: Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances presents comprehensive requirements governing private fire service mains and private fire hydrants.

Reference the 2016 NFPA 24 for the latest information on location and identification of department connections, protection of fire service mains, and valves controlling water supplies. NFPA 24's criteria also addresses underground fire service mains and related equipment, yard piping that feeds automatic sprinkler systems, yard hydrants, standpipes, and other water-based systems.

To help you improve water-based fire protection effectiveness, the 2016 NFPA 24 was rewritten with a more user-friendly structure. Technical changes include:

  • Clarified valve arrangement requirements and added Annex figures are consistent with NFPA 13.
  • Revised Section 6.1 helps users identify the permitted exceptions to indicating valves, and also now permits non-listed tapping sleeve and valve assemblies in connections to municipal water supplies.
  • An added statement allows underground fittings to be used aboveground to transition to aboveground piping.
  • Because steel pipe is required to be listed other than in the Fire Department Connection (FDC) line, steel underground piping references were removed from the table in Chapter 10.

Make sure water supplies are ready when needed. Don't overlook this vital element of your fire protection plan. (Softbound, 54 pp., 2016)

NFPA® 24 Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains andTheir Appurtenances, 2016 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Retroactivity
1.4 Equivalency
1.5 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
3.4 Hydrant Definitions
Chapter 4 General Requirements
4.1 Plans
4.2 Installation Work
Chapter 5 Water Supplies
5.1 Connection to Waterworks Systems
5.2 Size of Fire Mains
5.3 Pressure-Regulating Devices and Meters
5.4 Connection from Waterworks Systems
5.5 Connections to Public Water Systems
5.6 Pumps
5.7 Tanks
5.8 Penstocks, Rivers, Lakes, or Reservoirs
5.9 Remote Fire Department Connections
Chapter 6 Water Supply Connections
6.1 Valves
6.2 Connections to Water Supplies
6.3 Post Indicator Valves
6.4 Valves in Pits
6.5 Backflow Prevention Assemblies
6.6 Sectional Valves
6.7 Identifying and Securing Valves
6.8 Check Valves
Chapter 7 Hydrants
7.1 General
7.2 Number and Location
7.3 Installation
Chapter 8 Hose Houses and Equipment
8.1 General
8.2 Location
8.3 Construction
8.4 Size and Arrangement
8.5 Marking
8.6 General Equipment
8.7 Domestic Service Use Prohibited
Chapter 9 Master Streams
9.1 Master Streams
9.2 Application and Special Considerations
Chapter 10 Underground Requirements
10.1 Piping
10.2 Fittings
10.3 Connection of Pipe, Fittings, and Appurtenances
10.4 Protection of Private Fire Service Mains
10.5 Grounding and Bonding
10.6 Restraint
10.7 Steep Grades
10.8 Installation Requirements
10.9 Backfilling
10.10 Testing and Acceptance
Chapter 11 Hydraulic Calculations
11.1 Calculations in U.S. Customary Units
11.2 Calculations in SI Units
Chapter 12 Aboveground Pipe and Fittings
12.1 General
12.2 Protection of Piping
Chapter 13 Sizes of Aboveground and Buried Pipe
13.1 Private Service Mains
13.2 Mains Not Supplying Hydrants
13.3 Mains Supplying Fire Protection Systems
Chapter 14 System Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
14.1 General
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Valve Supervision Issues
Annex C Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing
Annex D Recommended Practice for Marking of Hydrants
Annex E Informational References