NFPA 13:  Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, Prior Years

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NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems helps reduce risks and fire loss with proven fire protection strategies.

Long considered the benchmark for automatic fire sprinkler systems, NFPA 13 presents consensus-based requirements for sprinkler system design approaches, installation, and component options. Compliance is essential to sprinkler performance, which in turn significantly reduces the risks of fire deaths and property loss. Each new edition of NFPA 13 reflects added knowledge about sprinkler performance under fire conditions. Changes are based on scientific research and a wide body of industry experience.

  • The 2010 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems is revised and updated with added criteria based on recent fire testing and studies performed by the Fire Protection Research Foundation. Chapter 20: Special Designs of Storage Protection presents requirements for the protection of three new special storage arrangements, including carton records storage with catwalk access, and high bay records storage. This edition also adopts the SEI/ASCE 7 approach for load calculations and introduces new zone-of-influence tables for Schedule 5 steel pipe, CPVC, and Type M copper tube. An important new method to calculate rack shelf area takes the placement of loads into consideration.
  • The 2007 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems broadens coverage to support innovative technology and Chapter 11: Design Approaches clarifies design options. In a major change, eight new chapters in this edition address storage of specific commodities. Requirements for hanging and bracing meet or exceed the seismic requirements of ASCE 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and rules for sprinklers in combination with draft stops around vertical openings correlate with the 2006 edition of NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code®. In another important revision, installation rules for residential sprinklers incorporate new research into system effectiveness, specifically with regard to obstructions such as ceiling fans and kitchen cabinets.
  • The 2002 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems improves access to information by consolidating storage design requirements and approaches into Chapter 12: General Requirements for Storage. For convenient referencing, you'll find extracts of sprinkler system requirements from more than 30 NFPA® codes and standards in a new chapter entitled Special Occupancy Requirements. In addition, all applicable provisions for underground piping -- including materials, installation, and acceptance testing -- are presented in Chapter 10, which coordinates with NFPA 24: Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances. Expanded tables for Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) sprinklers allow you to choose the storage and building height for any arrangement.
  • The 1999 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems presents a groundbreaking amount of new information about the proper design and installation of sprinkler systems. Double the size of previous editions, it includes portions of text from storage documents such as NFPA 231: Standard for General Storage and NFPA 231C: Standard for Rack Storage of Materials, along with extracts of or references to sprinkler requirements from documents throughout the NFPA system, including NFPA 99: Standard for Health Care Facilities and NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. Scores of important changes in this landmark edition include specifically identified criteria for special occupancy hazards, new minimum sizes for sprinklers used in storage applications, and a new separation requirement between ESFR and other sprinkler types.

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Sample (NFPA 10, 2010)

5.3.2.7* Wheeled fire extinguishers shall be considered for hazard protection where fulfillment of the following requirementsis necessary: in areas in which a fire risk assessment has shown the following:

(4) (1) High hazard areas are present.

(5) (2) Limited available personnel Limited available personnel are present, thereby requiring an extinguisher that has the following features:

(1) (a) High agent flow rates

(2) (b) Increased agent stream range

(3) (c) Increased agent capacity