2021 NFPA 214 Standard - Current Edition
In purchasing digital access through a PDF or subscription service, you are purchasing a single-user license to access content only by the named account holder. Certain restrictions apply.

NFPA Members save an additional 10%.

Item #: NFPA_214
Price: $0.00
Digital Access with NFPA LiNK® Plans starting at $9.99/month
Formats Available:

  • Description

    Help protect people and property with the latest requirements from NFPA 214, Standard on Water-Cooling Towers.

    Water-cooling towers are essential for fire protection. NFPA 214 presents the updated requirements for fire protection for field-erected and factory-assembled water-cooling towers of combustible construction, or those in which the fill is of combustible material.

    NFPA 214 helps experts determine the type and amount of fire protection needed by taking into account the following factors:

    • Continuity of operation
    • Size and construction of tower
    • Type of tower
    • Location of tower
    • Water supply
    • Climate

    Designers, installers, inspectors, and maintenance personnel utilize NFPA 214 for fire protection. Code officials depend on this standard for inspection, and facilities managers reference its maintenance chapter to help ensure proper care.(Print, 32 pp., 2021)

    References throughout the standard were updated for the 2021 edition to reflect the most current safety documents concerning water-cooling towers, which include the SFPE Engineering Guide for Fire Risk Assessment and the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering.

    Get the latest updates on fire protection for water-cooling towers by ordering the 2021 edition of NFPA 214, Standard on Water-Cooling Towers, today.

  • Table of Contents (2021 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 214 Standard on Water-Cooling Towers, 2021 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    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 Construction Materials of Water-Cooling Towers.
    4.2 Fire Hazard or Fire Risk Analysis.
    4.3 Combustible Exterior Surfaces.
    4.4 Combustible Surfaces with Fixed Protection.
    4.5 Noncombustible Exterior Surfaces.
    4.6 Noncombustible Surfaces with Fixed Protection.
    4.7 Combustible Towers on Building Roofs.
    4.8 Screening.
    4.9 Fire-Resistant Partition.
    4.10 Noncombustible Material.
    Chapter 5 Fire Protection
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Fire Protection System Design.
    5.3 Corrosion Protection.
    5.4 Hydrant Protection.
    5.5 Standpipe Protection.
    5.6 Water Supply.
    5.7 Lightning Protection.
    5.8 Earthquake Protection.
    Chapter 6 Electrical Equipment and Wiring
    6.1 Installation.
    6.2 Overcurrent Protection.
    6.3 Stop Fan.
    6.4 Interlock.
    6.5 Vibration-Controlled Switch.
    Chapter 7 Internal Combustion Engine–Driven Fans
    7.1 Internal Combustion Engines.
    Chapter 8 Operating Features, Maintenance, and Access
    8.1 Housekeeping.
    8.2 Smoking.
    8.3 Mechanical Inspection.
    8.4 Inspection Frequency.
    8.5 Welding and Cutting.
    8.6 Down Time.
    8.7 Access.
    8.8 Lockout.
    8.9 Temporary Supports.
    8.10 Fire Protection Systems Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Water-Cooling Tower Types
    Annex C Informational References
  • 2016 Edition Description

    2016 Edition

    Water-cooling towers are a vital aspect of fire protection. NFPA 214 is your source for the latest facts for designers, installers, inspectors, and maintenance personnel.

    NFPA 214, Standard on Water-Cooling Towers presents the latest requirements and data on fire protection systems for field-erected and factory-assembled water-cooling towers of combustible construction–or those in which the fill is of combustible material.

    This vital Standard helps fire protection designers and engineers work confidently to determine the type and amount of fire protection needed–by taking into account factors such as importance to continuity of operation, size and construction of tower, type of tower, location of tower, water supply, and climate. Code officials depend on NFPA 214 for inspection, and facilities managers reference its maintenance chapter to help ensure proper care.

    Chapters address:

    • Location of water-cooling towers, including construction materials and fire risk analysis
    • Fire protection system design, corrosion protection, hydrant and standpipe protection, water supply, and lightning and earthquake protection
    • Electrical equipment and wiring, including installation and overcurrent protection
    • Maintenance, with sections on housekeeping, smoking, mechanical inspection, inspection frequency, welding and cutting, access, lockout, and more

    Revisions in the 2016 edition of NFPA 214 better align its sprinkler system requirements with the types of systems defined in NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems. (Print, 23 pp., 2016)

  • NFPA PDF Products

    If you purchased a PDF, licensed PDFs can be accessed immediately. Instructions can be found in your order confirmation.

    Effective with the annual 2020 code cycle, NFPA® will no longer offer access to the PDF format as a choice for new editions of codes and standards, handbooks, or other reference titles. Existing PDFs will remain in-market and will still be accessible in our National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS™). For more information about the different format options available to access essential code and standard content you need, click here.

  • Historical Editions

    Previous editions of NFPA® documents are available for sale. Please see applicable NFPA codes and standards product pages to confirm which editions are available for purchase. If you have any questions, contact NFPA Customer Support at 1-800-344-3555 or nfpa.org/customerservice.