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

    Apply NFPA 72® correctly from the start. Be first with the 2019 edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® Handbook.

    Navigate the changing world of fire alarm and signaling systems with help from the experts who know NFPA 72 best. Now in its 9th edition, this renowned full-color Handbook from NFPA® helps you answer questions, verify interpretations, and apply the 2019 edition of NFPA 72 correctly from the start. Efficient design and installation of fire alarm, carbon monoxide, and emergency communications systems require a clear understanding of provisions and the "why" behind compliance. Nothing compares to the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Handbook for solutions and expert support.

    Updated to reflect recent changes in the Code and in the field, the Handbook puts a wealth of information at your fingertips:

    • The full text of the 2019 edition of NFPA 72 provides the latest requirements for the application, installation, location, performance, and inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm, carbon monoxide, and mass notification systems and components.
    • Authoritative commentary -- written by experts -- gives you an insider perspective.
    • "Closer Look" features provide in-depth, detailed explanations.
    • Charts, tables, color photos, and other graphics clarify concepts.
    • Code changes are shaded, so they're easy to spot.
    • System Design Tips help architects and engineers avoid common errors in application that can result in costly delays or charge backs.
    • Updated FAQs answer questions from the field.
    • Code excerpts from other standards are highlighted in the commentary providing better discussion context without the need to locate other documents.
    • The "NFPA 720" icon indicates requirements added to the Code from NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment, which has been withdrawn.
    • The "FM" icon indicates material in Chapter 14 of special interest to facility managers.
    • Annexes address performance-based design, and voice intelligibility for voice/alarm systems.
    • 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.

    Get the facts you need to work confidently and correctly as you apply the most advanced edition of NFPA 72.

    Engineers, contractors, consultants, designers, architects, and AHJs can be more efficient and effective working with the 2019 edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® Handbook. (Hardbound, Approx. 1,216 pp., 2019)

     

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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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  • Prior Editions

    2016 Edition

    Editors: Richard J. Roux and Christopher D. Coache

    Get advanced knowledge about new technologies and innovative fire alarm applications in the 2016 NFPA 72® Handbook.

    Access a powerhouse of support for correct design and installation of fire alarm and emergency communications systems in the 2016 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® Handbook. Now in its 8th edition, NFPA®'s exclusive full-color Handbook helps you answer questions, verify interpretations, and comply with the 2016 edition of NFPA 72. Nobody knows the Code better!

    Updates from cover to cover and a new design give you the edge in compliance. Only the 2016 NFPA 72 Handbook has it all:

    • The full text of the 2016 edition of NFPA 72 provides the latest requirements for the application, installation, location, performance, and inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm and mass notification systems and components.
    • Authoritative commentary written by experts gives you an insider perspective on NFPA 72 Get additional information about the Code's first-time coverage of Class N circuits along with other major changes.
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    • Charts, tables, color photos, and other graphics clarify concepts.
    • Code Update icons indicate where a significant change in the Code has occurred.
    • System Design Tips help architects and engineers avoid common errors in application that can result in costly delays or charge backs.
    • Updated FAQs answer questions from the field.
    • Code excerpts from other standards are highlighted in the commentary.
    • All-new supplement Class N Circuits - Using Networks for Fire Alarm and Mass Notification Systems helps you work with the Class N circuits in revised Chapters 12, 21, 23 and 24.
    • Supplements address performance-based design, voice intelligibility for voice/alarm systems, and -- for the first time -- an overview of technical changes from 2013 to the 2016 editions of NFPA 72.

    Navigate the changing world of fire alarm and signaling systems with help from the experts who know NFPA 72 best.

    Get the facts you need to work confidently and correctly. Engineers, contractors, consultants, designers, architects, and AHJs will be more efficient and effective with reliable support and expert insights that are only available in the 2016 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Handbook.(Hardbound, 1,152 pp., 2016)

     

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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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