2021 NFPA 4 - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Access the latest criteria for ensuring that interconnected fire protection and life safety systems function properly with NFPA 4, 2021 edition.

    In the event of fires and other emergencies, it is critical that integrated fire protection and life safety systems are tested to confirm the interaction, operation, and coordination between multiple individual systems and that they perform their intended function. NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, specifies the roles and responsibilities for integrated testing team members and provides a framework for test scenarios.

    Used in conjunction with NFPA 3, Standard for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, this document provides requirements for integrated testing, responsibilities of team members, minimum methods of testing, and documentation for both new and existing systems from pre-occupancy and through the lifecycle of a building.

    NFPA 4 has comprehensive chapters on:

    • General requirements, including fundamental principles, integrated system testing team responsibilities and qualifications, and the test plan
    • Test methods, issues logs, and corrective action reports
    • Test frequencies, including separate provisions for an initial integrated systems test, periodic integrated systems testing, and existing system modifications
    • Explanatory material and a sample integrated test plan

    The updated edition of NFPA 4 is your source for cutting edge information on integrated system testing.

    NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, provides facility managers, insurance professionals, integrated testing agents (ITa), authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), and other stakeholders in the testing process with an outline for integrated testing when it is required by design documents, commissioning plans, governing laws, codes, regulations, or standards.

    Make sure buildings and occupants are protected and your integrated systems are compliant to the latest standard.

    NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, is your resource for validating the operational readiness and sequencing of integrated safety systems. Order your copy of the 2021 edition from NFPA today!

  • Table of Contents (2021 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 4 Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, 2021 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Units and Formulas.
    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 Fundamental Principles.
    4.2 Integrated System Testing Team.
    4.3 Qualifications.
    4.4 Responsibilities.
    4.5 Test Plan.
    Chapter 5 Test Methods
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Test Method.
    Chapter 6 Test Frequencies
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Initial Integrated Systems Test.
    6.3 Periodic Integrated Systems Testing.
    6.4 Existing System Modifications.
    Chapter 7 Documentation
    7.1 Application.
    7.2 Minimum Required Test Documentation.
    7.3 Completion Documents.
    7.4 Record Retention and Record Maintenance.
    7.5 Forms.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Integrated Test Plans and Forms
    Annex C Informational References
  • How the NFPA Handbooks Differ from Codes and Standards

    THE NFPA HANDBOOKS DIFFER FROM CODES AND STANDARDS

    Ever wonder what the difference is between an NFPA® handbook and a code or standard? We’re glad you asked.

    NFPA codes and standards both provide requirements for achieving outcomes. Handbooks take a deeper dive, providing the full text of a code or standard as well as expert commentary and features such as graphics, decision trees, testing procedures, case studies, sample forms and checklists, and other helpful aids to give a better understanding of the reasoning behind the requirements and how to apply them.

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    • A code or standard is a framework—a set of rules to follow with a goal to achieve a certain result
    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • 2018 Description

    NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing outlines specific test scenarios to confirm the operation, interaction, and coordination of multiple individual systems perform their intended function.

    Invaluable to facility managers, the insurance industry and the Integrated Testing Agent (ITa) as well as other stakeholders in the testing process, NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing provides the minimum requirements for integrated testing and documentation prior to building occupancy and during a building's lifecycle.

    Help ensure that integrated fire protection and life safety systems operate as intended with NFPA 4's testing scenario requirements for both new and existing systems.

    Built around requirements formerly located in NFPA 3's Chapter 7, Integrated System Testing, NFPA 4 includes the protocol for testing procedures, responsibilities of team members, methods, and documentation for verifying the operational readiness and sequence of integrated systems. While the Standard does not mandate integrated testing, it provides minimum requirements for integrated testing where such testing is required by another code, standard, or design document or by an AHJ. The Standard does not address testing protocol, procedures, or frequencies for individual systems.

    NFPA 4 has comprehensive chapters on:

    • Administration, referenced publications, and definitions
    • General requirements including fundamental principles, integrated system testing team responsibilities and qualifications, and the test plan
    • Test methods, issues logs, and corrective action reports
    • Test frequencies including separate provisions for Initial Integrated Systems Test, Periodic Integrated Systems Testing, and Existing System Modifications
    • Annexes A and B with explanatory material and a Sample Integrated Test Plan

    Do you think you're already performing integrated system testing?

    View our short, interactive tutorial to find out.

    NFPA 4 backs up NFPA 3 with comprehensive and detailed provisions for fieldwork.

    It covers all the procedures, methods, responsibilities, and documentation required to ensure integrated testing is done correctly, in any building regardless of age and designated use. (Print, 52 pp., 2018)

  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    NFPA 4: Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing works with NFPA 3 for systematic testing and documentation of the communication between systems.

    New NFPA 4: Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing provides the minimum requirements for integrated testing and documentation prior to building occupancy and during a building's lifecycle. Developed to work hand-in-hand with NFPA 3: Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, this new Standard is invaluable to the Integrated Testing Agent (ITa) as well as other stakeholders in the testing process.

    NFPA 4 provides testing requirements for both new and existing systems to ensure that integrated fire protection and life safety systems operate as intended.

    Built around requirements formerly located in NFPA 3's Chapter 7, Integrated System Testing, this first-time NFPA® Standard includes the protocol for testing procedures, responsibilities of team members, methods, and documentation for verifying the operational readiness and sequence of integrated systems. While the Standard does not mandate integrated testing, it provides minimum requirements for integrated testing where such testing is required by another code, standard, or design document or by an AHJ. The Standard does not address testing protocol, procedures, or frequencies for individual systems.

    NFPA 4 has comprehensive chapters on:

    • Administration, referenced publications, and definitions
    • General requirements including fundamental principles, integrated system testing team responsibilities and qualifications, and the test plan
    • Test methods, issues logs, and corrective action reports
    • Test frequencies including separate provisions for Initial Integrated Systems Test, Periodic Integrated Systems Testing, and Existing System Modifications
    • Annexes A and B with explanatory material and a Sample Integrated Test Plan

    NFPA 4 backs up NFPA 3 with comprehensive and detailed provisions for fieldwork.

    It covers all the procedures, methods, responsibilities, and documentation required to ensure integrated testing is done correctly, in any building regardless of age and designated use. (Softbound, 45 pp., 2015)

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