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Design to the Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72-2016PE & RA HSW

Thomas Mason, PE

This four-hour course discusses the concepts, equipment selection and communication in specifications and drawings for life-safety fire alarm systems for offices, stores, churches, apartment houses, schools, institutions, and industries, except high-hazard. The key principles are the basic requirements of the Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72-2016) and local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for normal applications and some warning in cases that require special attention. A separate section delivers examples from fire alarm designs that went out for Bid and Construction. The last section summarizes the Code, by numbered section. This course does not replace a NICET certificate or a PE license. The course does not address residential fire alarms in detail but reports recent NFPA requirements for home fire alarm safety.

The revision for the 2016 Code continues the 2007 edition change giving precedence to notification for toxic, weather, natural disaster and terrorist hazards over the fire alarm. In addition, a new wiring form, Class N, Ethernet loop is introduced. Chapters for Emergency Communications Systems are discussed here, but only for fire evacuation, Areas of Safe Refuge and Fire Fighter Communications. New technology introduced in the Code and Handbook will be mentioned but not discussed in detail. Characteristics of a smoke plume and ceiling jet are discussed to aid understanding of detector placement rules and smoke control. Heat detector limitations are discussed more than in previous editions of this PDHonline course.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.