2020 NFPA 804 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Stay up-to-date with advanced light water reactor electric generating plant fire protection with NFPA 804, 2020 edition.

    Fire represents one of the largest single contributors to the possibility of reactor damage in the United States and around the world. NFPA 804, Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants, provides comprehensive fire safety criteria specific to designing, constructing, operating, and regulating these types of nuclear facilities.

    The standard offers a prescriptive-based approach to fire protection and safety based on the principle of defense-in-depth. NFPA 804 intends to help prevent switchgear fires and the potential of other cataclysmic events for the continuous safe operation of advanced light water reactor electric generating plants.

    The document offers requirements for helping to:

    • Ensure the reactor is safely shut down
    • Curtail the escape of radioactive materials
    • Protect on-site workers
    • Minimize facility damages
    • Maintain continuity of operation

    The 2020 edition features updates that can impact your work and ability to maintain compliance.

    This standard is an essential resource for engineers, plant managers, fire policy leaders, and any personnel responsible for helping to safeguard advanced light water reactor electric generating plants.

    Significant revisions to the 2020 NFPA 804 include:

    • Several changes to comply with the Manual of Style for NFPA® Technical Committee Documents and to align terms with other NFPA documents dealing with nuclear facilities, such NFPA 801, NFPA 805, and NFPA 806
    • New recommendation to use NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, to test integrated fire protection systems added in Annex A, Chapter 5, to help assure proper operation of all plant systems
    • Inclusion of additional consideration criteria that align with NFPA 801, Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials, to help ensure the proper selection of an extinguishing agent
    • Addition of language from NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, incorporated into the standard to more clearly identify materials that should be considered limited-combustible

    Answer the need for increased fire protection in nuclear power facilities with the latest information and guidance.

    Make sure you and your team are referencing the consensus of baseline fire protection requirements for all aspects of advanced light water reactor electric generating plants. Order your copy of NFPA 804, Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants, 2020 edition.

  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    NFPA 804 offers prescriptive-based approaches for fire protection and fire safety in advanced light water reactor electric generating plants.

    Help ensure continuous safe operation and prevent switchgear fires and other potentially catastrophic emergencies in nuclear facilities. NFPA 804, Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants is prepared for the use and guidance of professionals charged with the design, construction, operation, and regulation of advanced light water reactor electric generating plants.

    NFPA 804 provides minimum fire protection requirements to:

    • Ensure safe shutdown of the reactor
    • Minimize the release of radioactive materials into the environment
    • Provide life safety for on-site personnel
    • Limit property damage
    • Protect continuity of plant operation

    The 2015 NFPA 804 is revised to coordinate with related NFPA® codes and standards.

    • This edition allows the use of NFPA 806, Performance-Based Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Electric Generating Plants Change Process.
    • NFPA 804 also allows a new approach for assessing spurious operations from cables.

    Keep up with requirements for nuclear facilities that provide vital protection for personnel, equipment, communities, and the environment. NFPA 804 is essential for engineers, fire policy experts, and plant managers charged with fire protection in this complex type of facility.

    (Print, 51 pp., 2015)

    Interested in other editions of NFPA 804? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 804 Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Equivalency.
    1.4 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 Fire Protection Program
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Management Policy Direction and Responsibility.
    4.3 Fire Prevention Program.
    4.4 Fire Hazards Analysis.
    4.5 Procedures.
    4.6 Quality Assurance.
    4.7 Fire Emergency Plan.
    4.8 Fire Brigade.
    Chapter 5 Fire Prevention and Administrative Controls
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Plant Inspections.
    5.3 Control of Combustible Materials.
    5.4 Control of Ignition Sources.
    5.5 Temporary Structures.
    5.6 Impairments.
    5.7 Testing and Maintenance.
    Chapter 6 Manual Fire Fighting
    6.1 Prefire Plans.
    6.2 On-Site Fire-Fighting Capability.
    6.3 Training and Drills.
    6.4 Fire-Fighting Equipment.
    6.5 Off-Site Fire Department Interface.
    6.6 Water Drainage.
    6.7 Fire-Fighting Access.
    6.8 Radiation Shielding.
    6.9 Smoke and Heat Removal.
    Chapter 7 Nuclear Reactor Safety Considerations
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Fire-Safe Shutdown Analysis (FSSA).
    7.3 Design Basis Events and Requirements.
    7.4 Separation Criteria.
    7.5 Manual Actions.
    7.6 Alternative Shutdown Capability.
    Chapter 8 General Plant Design
    8.1 Plant Arrangement.
    8.2 Life Safety.
    8.3 Building and Construction Materials.
    8.4 Ventilation.
    8.5 Drainage.
    8.6 Emergency Lighting.
    8.7 Lightning Protection.
    8.8 Electrical Cabling.
    8.9 Exposure Protection.
    8.10 Electrical Systems for the Plant.
    8.11 Communications.
    Chapter 9 General Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
    9.1 General.
    9.2 Water Supply.
    9.3 Valve Supervision.
    9.4 Yard Mains, Hydrants, and Building Standpipes.
    9.5 Portable Fire Extinguishers.
    9.6 Fire Suppression Systems.
    9.7 Fire Alarm Systems.
    9.8 Fire Detectors.
    Chapter 10 Identification of and Protection Against Hazards
    10.1 General.
    10.2 Primary and Secondary Containments.
    10.3 Control Room Complex.
    10.4 Cable Concentrations.
    10.5 Plant Computer and Communications Rooms.
    10.6 Switchgear Rooms and Relay Rooms.
    10.7 Battery Rooms.
    10.8 Turbine Building.
    10.9 Standby Emergency Diesel Generators and Combustion Turbines.
    10.10 Diesel Fuel Storage and Transfer Areas.
    10.11 Nuclear Safety–Related Pump Rooms.
    10.12 New-Fuel Area.
    10.13 Spent-Fuel Pool Area.
    10.14 Rad Waste and Decontamination Areas.
    10.15 Safety-Related Water Tanks.
    10.16 Record Storage Areas.
    10.17 Cooling Towers.
    10.18 Acetylene–Oxygen Fuel Gases.
    10.19 Storage Areas for Ion Exchange Resins.
    10.20 Storage Areas for Hazardous Chemicals.
    10.21 Warehouses.
    10.22 Fire Pump Room/House.
    10.23 Transformers.
    10.24 Auxiliary Boilers.
    10.25 Offices, Shops, and Storage Areas.
    10.26 Simulators.
    10.27 Technical Support and Emergency Response Centers.
    10.28 Intake Structures.
    Chapter 11 Fire Protection for the Construction Site
    11.1 General.
    11.2 Administration.
    11.3 Site Clearing and Construction Equipment.
    11.4 Construction Warehouses, Shops, and Offices.
    11.5 Construction Site Lay-Down Areas.
    11.6 Temporary Construction Materials.
    11.7 Water Supplies, Supply Mains, and Hydrants.
    11.8 Manual Fire-Fighting Equipment.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Best Practices for Protection of Fire and Explosion Hazards in Nuclear Reactor Power Plants
    Annex C Informational References
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