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Tip #18 - hour for hour....

NFPA 99-2010: 5.1.3.3.2* (4) If indoors, they shall be constructed and use interior finishes of noncombustible or limited-combustible materials such that all walls, floors, ceilings, and doors are of a minimum 1-hour fire resistance rating. The 2012 and previous editions of the required a 1...


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Tip #29 - Escutcheon Discussion What's your Function

NFPA 13-2010: or thin paper bags shall be used. 6.2.6.4.3 Coverings shall be replaced periodically so that heavy deposits of residue do not accumulate. 6.2.6.4.4 Sprinklers that have been painted or coated shall be replaced in accordance with the requirements of 6.2.6.2.2. 6.2.7 Escutcheons and...


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Tip #21 - 25 to 6 or 4?

NFPA 80-2010: 19.3.1, 19.4.1, 19.4.1.1, NFPA 105-2010: 6.4.1, 6.5.2 - Fire and smoke dampers, or combination fire/smoke dampers are tested when they are installed, and again 1 year after installation. The test and inspection frequency shall then be every 4 years, with the exception of hospitals,...

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TIp #42 - Time to Replace Those Antiques!

NFPA 25-2011: 5.3.1 5.3.1.1.1.3* Sprinklers manufactured using fast-response elements that have been in service for 20 years shall be replaced, or representative samples shall be tested and then retested at 10-year intervals. A quick-response sprinkler, residential sprinkler, and early...


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TIp #44 - 6-9-2-1

NFPA 101-2012: 19.7.5.7.2* Containers used solely for recycling clean waste or for patient records awaiting destruction shall be permitted to be excluded from the requirements of 19.7.5.7.1 where all the following conditions are met: (1) Each container shall be limited to a maximum capacity of...


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Tip #50 - Tap Into the Power

NFPA 99-2012: 10.2.3.6 Power strips providing power in the patient care area must be Special-Purpose Relocatable Power Taps (SPRPT) listed as UL 1363A or UL 60601-1. They must also meet the requirements of NFPA 99: 10.2.3.6. Power strips providing power to patient care related equipment must...


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Tip #30 - Looking for support?

NFPA 25-2011: 5.2.2.2 Sprinkler piping and sprinkler heads shall not be subjected to external loads by materials either resting on the pipe or hung from the pipe. #ASHEComplianceTip


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Tip #7 - The Answer My Friend is Blowing in the Wind

ASHRAE 170-2013: 7, FGI Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities Section 4, EC.02.05.01 EP 15. Appropriate air pressure relationships are maintained for areas requiring positive or negative pressure relationships with surrounding areas. Regardless of the...


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Tip #16 - Um...that's not right

NFPA 25-2011: 5.2.1.1.1* Sprinklers shall not show signs of leakage; shall be free of corrosion, foreign materials, paint, and physical damage; and shall be installed in the correct orientation (e.g., upright, pendent, or sidewall) . #ASHEComplianceTip


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Tip #39 - I'm so confused

408.4 Field Identification Required. (A) Circuit Directory or Circuit Identification. Every circuit and circuit modification shall be legibly identified as to its clear, evident, and specific purpose or use. The identification shall include sufficient detail to allow each circuit to be...