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Fire Alarm Plans and Code Requirements

Codes and Standards

Specific References to Fire Alarm Systems

When a new structure is built, or an existing building is renovated, a building code and all of its referenced documents become the enabling laws that allow the building to be built and later occupied. The type of fire alarm system required is dependent upon the occupancy and use when the building is finished and ready for occupancy.

Similar to the Life Safety Code discussed previously, the building code is usually divided into chapters based on use and classification, as well as some chapters on specific hazardsFor example, the IBC has a number of chapters for items specific to a building's use. An example of this is the specific chapter on the handling of flammable and combustible liquids. . The requirements of the specific chapter will be applied, and some of the chapters may have general requirements for a fire alarm system.

However, occupancy chapter or the building code chapter will only contain general requirements for items like “initiation” and “occupant notification”. The specific occupancy chapter will usually direct the user to another chapter in the Code, which may outline more specific fire alarm system requirements, or to the requirements listed in NFPA 72.

Often, the specific requirements for fire alarm systems will be found only after reviewing a number of documents. Some of the documents will offer general requirements, and reference more specific requirements in another document.
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