Much of the Western United States is locked in a long and ongoing drought and the pressure is on to conserve water in anyway possible.
One of the areas that has been flagged for conservation is the inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) program for mechanical building systems, including fire sprinklers, writes Matt Klaus, a principal fire protection engineer at NFPA, in his In Compliance column in the new January/February NFPA Journal.
NFPA 25 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, has been adopted in many states, and often requires ITM service providers or building owners to discharge water onto the ground to make sure the systems are working properly, Klaus writes.
“While these tests require a considerable amount of water to be flowed, they are vital to ensuring that the sprinkler system and its water supply (in the case of the pump test) will be available when called upon,” Klaus writes. “The NFPA 25 technical committee is aware of concerns over water usage … (and) has already taken steps to provide options for limiting water usage and continues to address the problem.”
Also in "In Compliance" in the new NFPA Journal, there has been a lot of discussion among code developers and safety officials recently about food trucks. But what about another fad: shipping containers modified as mini take-out restaurants?
It is these types of interesting mixed occupancy questions that NFPA Principal Life Safety Engineer Ron Coté writes about in his "In Compliance" column in the new January/February NFPA Journal. The containers present several questions. Should they be treated as a food establishment, or an industrial occupancy? Or, perhaps a combination of both?
The "In Compliance" section also looks at highlights of the proposed changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC® ), including new articles for generation, distribution, and utilization; as well as a look at NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and why it's important to plan carefully around fire alarm system testing impairments.
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