Fire Alarm Plans and Code Requirements
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers standards and codes that outline regulatory requirements for fire alarm systems. Understanding how to maneuver through the world of codes and standards is critical in determining the requirements for the design and installation of fire alarm systems.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Identify specific plan symbols used in the development of architectural and fire alarm drawings
- Understand and explain common construction terms found on drawings and in specifications
- Define key terms, including joists, beams. columns, truss, and authority having jurisdiction
- Explain how obstructions impact the placement of fire detection devices
- Explain the purpose of NFPA 170
- Explain the purpose for model building codes
- List three documents that can be used as building codes
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects.
- The first step in being able to work with fire alarm design requires that an individual be able to read architectural and mechanical drawings. Then, the designer needs to understand and use common symbols so that the installer, owner, AHJ and all other concerned parties understand how the installation is supposed to progress.
- Different jurisdictions maintain different standards for the installation of fire protection equipment, including fire alarm systems. The basic requirements for fire alarm systems are occupancy-based, and typically found in a published building or fire code. That document may well reference another document, such as the National Fire Alarm Code, or a local requirement.
- Understanding how to maneuver through the world of codes and standards is critical in determining the requirements for the design and installation of fire alarm systems.