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Fire Alarm Plans and Code Requirements

Codes and Standards

NFPA 101, Life Safety Code

Fire alarm systems are primarily considered to be life safety tools. Fire alarm systems are also used for property conservation, as well, but to the extent that they provide triggers for other systems, such as carbon dioxide systems protecting a hazard, or “early warning” of a fire problem that will affect an operation.

As life safety tools, fire alarm systems are applied in the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, differently depending upon the occupancyThe Life Safety Code is occupancy based, but only the general requirements for fire alarm systems are contained in the specific occupancy chapter. From the specific occupancy chapter, the Life Safety Code will direct one to a more specific application chapter that details the requirements of the fire alarm system installation, if any exist. . For example, the requirements for a fire alarm system in a health care facility are much more stringent than the requirements in an industrial occupancy because the people in an industrial occupancy are expected to be alert and awake, and will be able to move from a fire incident. The same may not be true for a person lying in a hospital bed, sedated.
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