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August 3, 2008

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM      
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 Issue No. 351  ISSN 1554-074X       http://www.etnews.org   8-3-2008  
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Contents 
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- News 
- Journal 
- Employment 
- Seminar Schedule 
- Comments & Acknowledgements 
 
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NEWS 
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Carbon monoxide detector law kicks in today
Post-Bulletin - Rochester,MN,USA
By Christina Killion Valdez Carbon monoxide detectors become mandatory 
equipment in single-family homes beginning today under the second 
phase of a state ... 
http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?
z=28&a=354467 
 
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Awesome Pics of CERN's Large Hadron Collider 
from the because-we-can dept. 
posted by CmdrTaco on Saturday August 02, @09:45 (Science) 
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/08/02/1237251 
 
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This week I'll see you in Happyrock. 
 
Have fun! 
 
Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 
 
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DOES MONITORING A WATERFLOW SWITCH CONSTITUTE A FIRE ALARM SYSTEM? 
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QUESTION
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Fire Sprinkler Monitoring System.
What is required when an automatic fire alarm system is not required 
but there is a fire sprinkler system?  The sprinkler system is 
required to be supervised and monitored.  Is a smoke detector and 
manual pull station required or just a UL listed fire alarm 
communicator?  Are notification devices required throughout the 
premise? 

ANSWER 
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No it is not a fire alarm system in accordance with the International 
Building Code (IBC-2006) and no it is not a fire alarm system in 
accordance with NFPA 72-2007.  
 
First, lets look at what IBC-2006 has to say: 
 
IBC-2006 901.6.1 Automatic sprinkler systems. 
Automatic sprinkler systems shall be monitored by an approved 
supervising station. 
With 2 exceptions. 
 
IBC-2006 903.4 Sprinkler system monitoring and alarms. 
All valves controlling the water supply for automatic sprinkler 
systems, pumps, tanks, water levels and temperatures, critical air 
pressures and water-flow switch. 
With 7 exceptions.
 
IBC-2006 903.4.1 Signals. 
Alarm, supervisory and trouble signals shall be distinctly different 
and automatically transmitted to an approved central station, remote 
supervising station or proprietary supervising station as defined in 
NFPA 72 or, when approved by the fire code official, shall sound an 
audible signal at a constantly attended location. 
With 2 exception. 
 
IBC-2006 903.4.2 Alarms. 
Approved audible devices shall be connected to every automatic 
sprinkler system. Such sprinkler water-flow alarm devices shall be 
activated by water flow equivalent to the flow of a single sprinkler 
of the smallest orifice size installed in the system. Alarm devices 
shall be provided on the exterior of the building in an approved 
location. Where a fire alarm system is installed, actuation of the 
automatic sprinkler system shall actuate the building fire alarm 
system. 
 
The bottom line is that there is no IBC-2006 requirement to notify 
occupants that water is flowing in their sprinkler system.  The water-
flow alarm required by 903.4.2 is also known as the Fire 
Department Connection bell. 
 
By definition, NFPA 72-2007 considers this to be a Dedicated Function 
Fire Alarm System: 
 
NFPA 72-2007 3.3.67.5.2 Dedicated Function Fire Alarm System. 
A protected premises fire alarm system installed specifically to 
perform fire safety function(s) where a building fire alarm system is 
not required. 
 
NFPA 72-2007 6.3.3.2* Dedicated Function Fire Alarm Systems.
6.3.3.2.1 In facilities without a building fire alarm system, a 
dedicated function fire alarm system shall be permitted and shall not 
be required to include other functions or features of a building fire 
alarm system. 
 
NFPA 72-2007 A.6.3.3.2 Examples of dedicated function fire alarm 
systems would include an elevator recall control and supervisory 
control unit, as addressed in 6.16.3.2, or a system used specifically 
to monitor sprinkler waterflow and supervisory functions.
 
NFPA 72-2007 3.3.64.2.1 Dedicated Function Fire Alarm Control Unit. 
A protected premises fire alarm control unit which is intended to 
provide operation of a specifically identified fire safety function, 
such as sprinkler alarm and supervisory control unit or an elevator 
recall control and supervisory control unit. 

Transmitters used to monitor sprinkler water-flow and valve-position 
switches are not considered to be a fire alarm system and therefore 
are not required to be provided with the smoke detector in article 
4.4.5 nor the manual box required by article 6.8.5.1.2. 
 
What do you think? 
 
- Mike 
 
This response should not be considered a formal interpretation but 
rather the author's opinion. 
 
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SEMINAR SCHEDULE
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Contact me to find out how your group can sponsor seminars. 
mailto:mikebaker@afaa.org 
 
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August 19-21, 2008 San Francisco, CA  
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Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_IntFA_SanFrancisco_Aug2008.pdf 
 
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August 26-28, 2008 San Jose, CA 
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Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_AdvFA_SanJose_Aug2008.pdf 
 
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September 2-4, 2008 Rolling Meadows, IL 
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Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_IntFA_RollingMeadows_Sep2008.pdf 
 
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September 8-10, 2008 Minneapolis, MN 
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Basic Fire Alarm 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IBC_101_Minneapolis_Sep2008.pdf 
 
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September 16-18, 2008 Anchorage, AK 
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Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IBC_IntFA_Anchorage_Sep2008.pdf 
 
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September 18, 2008 East Hanover, NJ 
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_AFAA-NJ_Sept2008.pdf 
 
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September 22-25, 2008 Laurel, MD 
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Basic Fire Alarm 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IBC_AdvFA_Maryland_Sep-2008.pdf 
 
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September 29 and October 1-2, 2008 Louisville, KY  
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Basic Fire Alarm 
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/KYAFAA_Training_September_08.pdf 
 
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October 6-10, 2008 Portland, OR   
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_PR_IBC_Portland_Oct2008.pdf 
 
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October 14-17, 2008 Pleasanton, CA 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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October 28-30, 2008 Baton Rouge, LA 
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_BatonRouge_Oct2008.pdf 
 
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COMMENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 
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ET News is written nearly every week and almost always sent on Sunday. 
 
Doug Hockinson built ETNews.org using PHP/MySQL-> http://www.phpvs.com 
 
Purchase new & used codes & standards on line http://tinyurl.com/36zzk 
 
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