2019 NFPA 16 Standard - Current Edition
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    Reorganized from cover to cover based on the updated NFPA 13, the 2019 edition of NFPA 16 helps users design, install, and maintain effective foam-water fire protection systems for high-challenge fires.

    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.

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

    Like the 2019 edition of NFPA 13, NFPA 16 provides information in the order needed when planning and designing a foam water sprinkler/spray system.

    Designers, installers, and facility managers can work more effectively, minimize errors, and conduct timely testing and approvals with this edition of NFPA 16. In addition to organizational updates, technical changes in the standard include:

    • Added requirements for working drawings, drawn from both NFPA 11 and NFPA 13
    • Information about the type of foam concentrate piping, extracted from NFPA 11 for greater consistency between the standards
    • Information on containment, drainage, and spill control extracted from NFPA 30

    The 2019 edition of 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. (Print, 48 pp., 2019)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 16 Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems, 2019 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.
    4.7 Working Plans.
    Chapter 5 Water Supplies
    5.1 Water Quality.
    5.2 Water Supply Capacity, Pressure, and Duration.
    Chapter 6 System Components
    6.1 Approved Devices and Materials.
    6.2 Discharge Devices.
    6.3 Foam ConcentratesConcentrate.
    6.4 Foam Concentrate Proportioning Means.
    6.5 Foam Concentrate Pumps.
    6.6 Foam Concentrate Storage Tanks.
    6.7 Piping, Valves, Pipe Fittings, and Hangers.
    6.8 Strainers for Foam ConcentratesConcentrate.
    6.9 Fire Department Connections.
    6.10 Automatic System Detection.
    6.11 Valve Supervision.
    6.12 Test Connections.
    6.13 Stock of Spare Sprinklers. [13:16.2.7]
    Chapter 7 System Design and Installation
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Design Criteria.
    7.3 Equipment Location.
    7.4 Alarms.
    7.5 Strainers.
    7.6 Sprinkler Spacing and Location.
    7.7 Temperature Rating.
    7.8 Foam-Water Deluge Systems.
    7.9 Fire Department Connection.
    7.10 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.
    8.6 Hydraulic Design Information Sign.
    8.7 General Information Sign.
    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
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    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)

     

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