Plan Reading and Symbols
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers various plan symbols and model building codes and fire codes used in fire alarm system design. The ability to read and understand construction plans is necessary to determine the requirements and validity of a fire alarm system installation plan.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Identify specific plan symbols
- Explain common construction terms found on drawings and in specifications
- Define key terms, including joist, beam, column, 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 understands 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 code 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.