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    Editors: Richard J. Roux, Barry D. Chase and Christopher D. Coache

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    • Technical changes from 2016 to the 2019 editions of NFPA 72 are explained, including major changes such as carbon monoxide detection incorporated from NFPA 720.
    • Greater explanation and discussion pertaining to fire service access elevators, occupant evacuation elevators (OEE), and occupant evacuation operation (OEO).
    • Changes pertaining to Ethernet wiring for fire alarm systems and mass notification systems are explained and detailed in the commentary.

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    Contents

     

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    About the Contributors

    About the Editors

    NFPA 72 Summary of Technical Changes: 2016 to 2019

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

    1 Administration

      • 1.1 Scope
      • 1.2 Purpose
      • 1.3 Application
      • 1.6 Units and Formulas
      • 1.7 Code Adoption Requirements

    2 Referenced Publications

      • 2.1 General
      • 2.2 NFPA Publications
      • 2.3 Other Publications
      • 2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections

    3 Definitions

      • 3.1 General
      • 3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
      • 3.3 General Definitions

    4 Reserved

    5 Reserved

    6 Reserved

    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

    8 Reserved

    9 Reserved

    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 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 ControlCircuits
      • 10.18 Annunciation and Annunciation Zoning
      • 10.19 Monitoring Integrity of In-Building Fire Emergency Voice/Alarm Communication Systems
      • 10.20 Documentation and Notification
      • 10.21 Impairments
      • 10.22 Unwanted Alarms

    11 Reserved

    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

    13 Reserved

    14 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

      • 14.1 Application
      • 14.2 General
      • 14.3 Inspection
      • 14.4 Testing
      • 14.5 Maintenance
      • 14.6 Records

    15 Reserved

    16 Reserved

    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

    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

    19 Reserved

    20 Reserved

    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

    22 Reserved

    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 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

    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

    25 Reserved

    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

    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)

    28 Reserved

    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

    Annexes

      • A Explanatory Material
      • B Engineering Guide for Automatic Fire Detector Spacing
      • C System Performance and Design Guide
      • D Speech Intelligibility
      • E Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 72
      • F Wiring Diagrams and Guide for Testing Fire Alarm Circuits
      • G Guidelines for Emergency Communication Strategies for Buildings and Campuses
      • H Carbon Monoxide
      • I Informational References

    Index

     

    Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

     

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    • System Record of Completion
    • Emergency Communications Systems Supplementary Record of Completion
    • Power Systems Supplementary Record of Completion
    • Notification 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
    • Notification Appliance Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Initiating Device Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Mass Notification System Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Emergency Communications Systems Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
    • Interface Component Supplementary Record of Inspection and Testing
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