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December 17, 2006

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
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Issue No. 275    ISSN 1554-074X     http://www.etnews.org   12-17-2006 
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Contents
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- News
- ET News Journal
- Job Opportunities
- Fire Alarm Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements 

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NEWS
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Landlord may be charged in fire
Centre Daily Times - Centre County,PA,USA
... them. Because the tenant had disabled the only smoke detector in
the apartment that burned, that person barely escaped, he said. ...
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/16136936.htm

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New Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Illinois
WQAD - Moline,IL,USA
It starts January first. 'You need one carbon monoxide detector
within 15 feet of every sleeping area', said State Fire Marshall Dave
Foreman at a news ...
http://www.wqad.com/Global/story.asp?S=5673853&nav=1sW7 

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UL Announces New Qualified Contractor Program
Market Wire (press release) - USA
(UL) today announced the launch of a new program that allows both
firestop and spray-applied fire-resistive material (SFRM) contractors
to differentiate ...
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=192754 

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Mele Kalikimaka!

Mike
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NFPA 72-2007 Changes (Part III)
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Chapter 5 Initiating Devices
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5.4.2 Initiating devices shall not be installed in inaccessible areas.  
(NEW)

5.4.3 Where subject to mechanical damage, an initiating device shall
be protected. A mechanical guard used to protect a smoke, heat, or
radiant energy-sensing detector shall be listed for use with the
detector. 
(5.4.2 RENUMBERED AND MODIFIED)

5.5.2.1.1  Where inaccessible areas do not contain combustible
materials, they shall not be required to be protected by detectors.
(DELETED)

5.5.2.2* Partial or Selective Coverage. Where codes, standards, laws,
or authorities having jurisdiction require the protection of selected
areas only, the specified areas shall be protected in accordance with
this Code. 
(CONSOLIDATED PARTIAL AND SELECTIVE COVERAGE INTO ONE ARTICLE)

5.5.2.3.1 Detection installed for reasons of achieving specific fire
safety objectives, but not required by any laws, codes, or standards,
shall meet all of the requirements of this Code, with the exception of
prescriptive spacing criteria of 5.6.5 and 5.7.3.2.3. 
(MODIFIED THE DEFINITION OF NONREQUIRED COVERAGE)

5.5.2.3.2 Where nonrequired detectors are installed for achieving
specific fire safety objectives, additional detectors not necessary to
achieve the objectives shall not be required. 
(CLARIFIED THE VERBIAGE)

5.6 Heat-Sensing Fire Detectors. 
Heat-sensing fire detectors shall be installed in all areas where
required by other NFPA codes and standards or by the authority having
jurisdiction.
(DELETED THE WORDS FOLLOWING "HEAT-SENSING FIRE DETECTORS")

5.6.1.4* Spot-type heat detectors shall include in their installation
instructions, technical data, and listing documentation the operating
temperature and RTI (response time index) as determined  by the
organization listing the device. The requirement for RTI documentation
shall have an effective date of July 1, 2008. 
(HEAT DETECTOR RTI REQUIREMENTS ARE BACK)

5.6.2.2* Integral Heat Sensors on Combination and Multi-Sensor
Detectors. A heat-sensing detector integrally mounted on a smoke
detector shall be listed for not less than 15 m (50 ft) spacing. 
(REPLACED SMOKE DETECTOR WITH COMBINATION AND MULTI-SENSOR)

5.6.2.3 Marking. Heat-sensing fire detectors shall be marked with
their listed operating temperature. Spot-type heat detectors shall
also be marked with their RTI (response time index). The RTI marking
requirements shall have an effective date of July 1, 2008. 
(HEAT DETECTOR RTI REQUIREMENTS ARE BACK)

5.6.5.1.1 One of the following requirements shall apply: 
(1) The distance between detectors shall not exceed their listed
spacing, and there shall be detectors within a distance of one-half
the listed spacing, measured at right angles from all walls or
partitions extending upward to within the top 15 percent of the
ceiling height. 
(REPLACED 18" WITH 15 PERCENT)

5.7.3.2.3.1* In the absence of specific performance-based design
criteria, smoke detectors shall be permitted to be located using
9.1 m (30 ft) spacing.  
The text of 5.7.3.2.3.1 has been revised by a tentative interim
amendment (TIA). See page 1. 
(THE TIA IS INCLUDED IN THIS FINAL TEXT)

5.7.3.2.4.2 For level ceilings the following shall apply: 
(1)  For ceilings with beam depths of less than 10 percent of the
ceiling height (0.1 H), smooth ceiling spacing shall be permitted.  
(2)  For ceilings with beam depths equal to or greater than 10 percent
of the ceiling height (0.1 H) and beam spacing equal to or greater
than 40 percent of the ceiling height (0.4 H), spot-type detectors
shall be located on the ceiling in each beam pocket.  
(3)*For waffle or pan-type ceilings with beams or solid joists no
greater than 600 mm (24 in.) deep and no greater than 3.66 m (12 ft)
center-to-center spacing, the following shall be permitted:  
(a) Smooth ceiling spacing including those provisions permitted for
irregular areas in 5.6.5.1.2, substituting "selected spacing" for
"listed spacing"
(b) Location of spot-type smoke detectors on ceilings or on the bottom
of beams 
(4)*For corridors 4.5 m (15 ft) in width or less having ceiling beams
or solid joists perpendicular to the corridor length, the following
shall be permitted:  
(a) Smooth ceiling spacing including those provisions permitted for
irregular areas in 5.6.5.1.2, substituting "selected spacing" for
"listed spacing"
(b) Location of spot-type smoke detectors on ceilings, sidewalls, or
the bottom of beams or solid joists 
(5) For rooms of 84 m^2 (900 ft^2) area or less, only one smoke detector
shall be required. 
(MODIFIED SPACING ON HIGH BEAM AND DEEP BEAM CEILINGS)

5.7.3.8* Partitions. Where partitions extend to within 15 percent of
the ceiling height, the spaces separated by the partitions shall be
considered as separate rooms. 
(FIXED THE VERBIAGE)

5.7.5.2* High-Rack Storage. The location and spacing of smoke detectors
for high-rack storage shall address the commodity, quantity, and
configuration of the rack storage. 
(MOVED PRESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE TO ANNEX A)

5.7.6 Video Image Smoke Detection.  
(NEW)

5.8.5 Video Image Flame Detection.  
(NEW)

5.9 Combination, Multi-Criteria, and Multi-Sensor Detectors.  
(NEW)

5.14 Fire Extinguisher Monitoring Device.  
A fire extinguisher monitoring device shall indicate those conditions
for a specific fire extinguisher required by NFPA 10, Standard for
Portable Fire Extinguishers, to a fire alarm control unit or other
control unit. 
(NEW)

FIGURE A.5.14.5.2(b)  Typical Duct Detector Placement.
(DELETED THE "6 TO 10 DUCT WIDTHS DOWNSTREAM" SUGGESTION)

5.16* Smoke Detectors for Control of Smoke Spread. 
5.16.1* Classifications. Smoke detectors installed and used to prevent
smoke spread by initiating control of fans, dampers, doors, and other
equipment shall be classified in the following manner: 
(1) Area detectors that are installed in the related smoke
compartments 
(2) Detectors that are installed in the air duct systems 
(3) Video image smoke detection that is installed in related smoke
compartments 
(ITEM #3 IS NEW)

5.17 Mass Notification Systems.  See Annex E. 
(NEW)

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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service. ET News provides a venue for direct contact between job
seekers and employers. ET News is not a placement agency and does not
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http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=257 

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FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE
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January 8-10, 2007 Honolulu, HI 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_IntFA_Honolulu_Jan2007.pdf 

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January 8-10, 2007 Honolulu, HI 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_IntFA_Honolulu_Jan2007.pdf 

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January 9-11, 2007 San Antonio, TX 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_San%20Antonio_January2007.pdf

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January 16-18, 2007 Houston, TX 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_IntFA_Houston_January2007.pdf 

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February 14-16, 2007 Seattle, WA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IBC_AdvFA_Seattle_Feb2007.pdf

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