When it comes to NFPA codes and standards, many people skip right to the meat of the code, looking past the scope and purpose statements in Chapter 1, writes Matt Klaus, in his new column, “What It’s All About,” in the new November/December NFPA Journal. Not a good idea, says Klaus, a principal fire protection engineer at NFPA and staff liaison for NFPA 13, 13R, & 13D.
“While the scope and purpose statements in some documents are fairly straightforward, many others contain nuances that are critical for the correct application of the standard,” he writes.
Klaus encourages even longtime users to read these purpose statements in NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, and NFPA 13R, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies.
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