2019 NFPA 72 Code - Current Edition

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  • Description

    The 2019 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® reflects the latest technologies, with updated provisions ever for the application, installation, location, performance, and inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm and emergency communications systems including Mass Notification Systems (MNS).

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA 72® National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, 2019 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Units and Formulas.
    1.7 Code Adoption Requirements.
    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 Reserved
    Chapter 5 Reserved
    Chapter 6 Reserved
    Chapter 7 Documentation
    7.1 Application. (SIG-FUN)
    7.2 Minimum Required Documentation. (SIG-FUN)
    7.3 Design (Layout) Documentation.
    7.4 Shop Drawings (Installation Documentation). (SIG-FUN)
    7.5 Completion Documentation.
    7.6 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Documentation. (SIG-TMS)
    7.7 Records, Record Retention, and Record Maintenance.
    7.8 Forms.
    Chapter 8 Reserved
    Chapter 9 Reserved
    Chapter 10 Fundamentals
    10.1 Application.
    10.2 Purpose.
    10.3 Equipment.
    10.4 Design and Installation.
    10.5 Personnel Qualifications.
    10.6 Power Supplies.
    10.7 Signal Priority.
    10.8 Detection and Signaling of Conditions.
    10.9 Responses.
    10.10 Distinctive Signals.
    10.11 Alarm Signals.
    10.12 Fire Alarm Notification Appliance Deactivation.
    10.13 Carbon Monoxide (CO) Notification Appliance Deactivation.
    10.14 Supervisory Signals.
    10.15 Trouble Signals.
    10.16 Emergency Control Function Status Indicators.
    10.17 Notification Appliance Circuits and Control Circuits.
    10.18 Annunciation and Annunciation Zoning.
    10.19 Monitoring Integrity of In-Building Fire Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications Systems.
    10.20 Documentation and Notification.
    10.21 Impairments.
    10.22 Unwanted Alarms.
    Chapter 11 Reserved
    Chapter 12 Circuits and Pathways
    12.1 Application.
    12.2 General.
    12.3 Pathway Class Designations.
    12.4 Pathway Survivability.
    12.5 Shared Pathway Designations.
    12.6 Monitoring Integrity and Circuit Performance of Installation Conductors and Other Signaling Channels.
    12.7 Nomenclature.
    Chapter 13 Reserved
    Chapter 14 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    14.1 Application.
    14.2 General.
    14.3 Inspection.
    14.4 Testing.
    14.5 Maintenance.
    14.6 Records.
    Chapter 15 Reserved
    Chapter 16 Reserved
    Chapter 17 Initiating Devices
    17.1 Application.
    17.2 Purpose.
    17.3 Performance-Based Design.
    17.4 General Requirements.
    17.5 Requirements for Smoke and Heat Detectors.
    17.6 Heat-Sensing Fire Detectors.
    17.7 Smoke-Sensing Fire Detectors.
    17.8 Radiant Energy–Sensing Fire Detectors.
    17.9 Combination, Multi-Criteria, and Multi-Sensor Detectors.
    17.10 Gas Detection.
    17.11 Other Fire Detectors.
    17.12 Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
    17.13 Sprinkler Waterflow Alarm-Initiating Devices.
    17.14 Detection of Operation of Other Automatic Extinguishing Systems.
    17.15 Manually Actuated Alarm-Initiating Devices.
    17.16 Fire Extinguisher Electronic Monitoring Device.
    17.17 Supervisory Signal–Initiating Devices.
    Chapter 18 Notification Appliances
    18.1 Application.
    18.2 Purpose.
    18.3 General.
    18.4 Audible Characteristics.
    18.5 Visual Characteristics — Public Mode.
    18.6 Visual Characteristics — Private Mode.
    18.7 Supplementary Visual Signaling Method.
    18.8 Textual Audible Appliances.
    18.9 Textual and Graphical Visual Appliances.
    18.10 Tactile Appliances.
    18.11 Standard Emergency Service Interface.
    Chapter 19 Reserved
    Chapter 20 Reserved
    Chapter 21 Emergency Control Function Interfaces
    21.1 Application.
    21.2 General.
    21.3 Elevator Phase I Emergency Recall Operation.
    21.4 Elevator Power Shutdown.
    21.5 Fire Service Access Elevators.
    21.6 Occupant Evacuation Elevators (OEE).
    21.7 Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems.
    21.8 High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) Fans.
    21.9 Door and Shutter Release.
    21.10 Electrically Locked Doors.
    21.11 Exit Marking Audible Notification Systems.
    Chapter 22 Reserved
    Chapter 23 Protected Premises Alarm and Signaling Systems
    23.1 Application.
    23.2 General.
    23.3 System Features.
    23.4 System Performance and Integrity.
    23.5 Performance of Initiating Device Circuits (IDCs).
    23.6 Performance of Signaling Line Circuits (SLCs).
    23.7 Performance of Notification Appliance Circuits (NACs).
    23.8 System Requirements.
    23.9 In-Building Fire Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications.
    23.10 Fire Alarm Systems Using Tone.
    23.11 Suppression System Actuation.
    23.12 Off-Premises Signals.
    23.13 Guard’s Tour Supervisory Service.
    23.14 Suppressed (Exception Reporting) Signal System.
    23.15 Protected Premises Emergency Control Functions.
    23.16 Special Requirements for Low-Power Radio (Wireless) Systems.
    Chapter 24 Emergency Communications Systems (ECS)
    24.1 Application.
    24.2 Purpose.
    24.3 General.
    24.4 In-Building Fire Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications Systems (EVACS).
    24.5 In-Building Mass Notification Systems.
    24.6 Wide-Area Mass Notification Systems.
    24.7 Distributed Recipient Mass Notification Systems (DRMNS).
    24.8 Two-Way, In-Building Wired Emergency Services Communications Systems.
    24.9 Two-Way Radio Communications Enhancement Systems.
    24.10 Area of Refuge (Area of Rescue Assistance) Emergency Communications Systems, Stairway Communications Systems, Elevator Landing Communications Systems, and Occupant Evacuation Elevator Lobby Communications Systems.
    24.11 Information, Command, and Control.
    24.12 Performance-Based Design of Mass Notification Systems.
    24.13 Documentation for Emergency Communications Systems.
    Chapter 25 Reserved
    Chapter 26 Supervising Station Alarm Systems
    26.1 Application.
    26.2 General.
    26.3 Central Station Service Alarm Systems.
    26.4 Proprietary Supervising Station Alarm Systems.
    26.5 Remote Supervising Station Alarm Systems.
    26.6 Communications Methods for Supervising Station Alarm Systems.
    Chapter 27 Public Emergency Alarm Reporting Systems
    27.1 Application.
    27.2 General.
    27.3 Management and Maintenance.
    27.4 Communications Methods.
    27.5 Alarm Processing Equipment.
    27.6 Alarm Boxes.
    27.7 Public Cable Plant.
    27.8 Emergency Communications Systems (ECS).
    Chapter 28 Reserved
    Chapter 29 Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Signaling Systems
    29.1 Application.
    29.2 Purpose.
    29.3 Basic Requirements.
    29.4 Remote Annunciation.
    29.5 Notification.
    29.6 Assumptions.
    29.7 Carbon Monoxide Detection.
    29.8 Detection and Notification.
    29.9 Power Supplies.
    29.10 Equipment Performance.
    29.11 Installation.
    29.12 Optional Functions.
    29.13 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance.
    29.14 Markings and Instructions.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Engineering Guide for Automatic Fire Detector Spacing
    Annex C System Performance and Design Guide
    Annex D Speech Intelligibility
    Annex E Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 72
    Annex F Wiring Diagrams and Guide for Testing Fire Alarm Circuits
    Annex G Guidelines for Emergency Communication Strategies for Buildings and Campuses
    Annex H Carbon Monoxide
    Annex I Informational References
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    eForms Table of Contents

    • System Record of Completion
    • Emergency Communications Systems Supplementary Record of Completion
    • Power Systems Supplementary Record of Completion
    • Noti?cation Appliance Power Panel Supplementary Record of Completion
    • Interconnected Systems Supplementary Record of Completion
    • Deviations from Adopted Codes and Standards Supplementary Record of Completion
    • System Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Noti?cation Appliance Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Initiating Device Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Mass Noti?cation System Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Emergency Communications Systems Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Interface Component Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Installation and Inspection Form Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems
    • Risk Analysis Checklist
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