Monday, February 19, 2018

NFPA 72 2016 Chapter 10 Changes Fundamentals

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 10 Fundamentals - California Specific (CSFM)


Below is a breakdown of the updates and changes to NFPA 72 2016 Chapter 10 Fundamentals".  remember to consult the Annex A if you see an *.

All information highlighted in this light blue color is NEW to the 2016 edition of NFPA 72.

Note:  The next two code sections are California Amendments.  These only apply if you are performing work in the state of California.

  • 10.3.1 Equipment constructed and installed in conformity with this code shall be listed for the purpose for which it is used.  Fire Alarm systems and components shall be California States Fire marshal (CSFM) approved and listed in accordance with California Code of regulations, Title 19 Division 1.
  • 10.3.3 All devices and appliances that receive their power from the initiating device circuit or signaling lice circuit of a control unit shall be California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) listed for use with the control unit.

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 10 Fundamentals - Personnel Qualifications


This is a great addition to the code as it establishes a baseline for the supervision and guidance for trainees or apprentices. 
  • 10.5.1.5 System design trainees shall be under the supervision of a qualified system designer.
  • 10.5.2.4 System installation trainees shall be under the supervision of a qualified system installer
  • 10.5.3.3 Service Personnel.  Service personnel shall have the knowledge and experience of the maintenance and servicing requirements contained in this code, of the equipment being serviced or maintained, and of the servicing or maintenance methods.  That knowledge and experience shall be acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction or meet the requirement 10.5.3.4
  • 10.5.3.5* Programming Personnel.  
    • 10.5.3.5.2 System installation personnel shall be permitted to configure systems in the field per the manufacturer's published instructions.
    • 10.5.3.5.3 System end users shall be permitted to manage operation per manufacturer's published instructions or training.
  • 10.5.4 Plans Examiners and Inspectors
    • 10.5.4.1 Fire Alarm system and emergency communications system plans and specification submitted for review and approval shall be reviewed by personnel who are qualified to review such plans and specifications.
    • 10.5.4.2 Fire Alarm system and emergency communications system installations shall be inspected by personnel who are qualified to perform such inspections.
    • 10.5.4.3 State or local licensure regulations shall be followed to determine qualified personnel.
    • 10.5.4.4 Personnel shall provide documentation of the qualifications by one or more of the following:
      • (1) Registration, Licensing, or certification by a state or local authority
      • (2) Meeting the requirements of NFPA 1031
      • (3) Assignment by the authority having jurisdiction to perform plan reviews and inspections.

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 10 Fundamentals - Signal Priority


Note:  The next code section is a California Amendment.  This only applies if you are performing work in the state of California.

  • 10.7. Signal Priority
    • 10.7.1 Where approved by the AHJ, ECS priority signals when evaluated by stakeholders through risk analysis in accordance with 24.3.11 shall be permitted to take precedence over all other signals.
  • 10.11.2* Visible notification appliances, textual visible notification appliances, and speaker notification appliances located in the same area shall be activated and deactivated as a group unless otherwise required by an ECS emergency response plan.
  • 10.11.3 Visible alarm strobe notification appliances shall not be activated when speaker notification appliances are used as permitted by 24.3.5 for non-emergency paging.  

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 12  - Circuits and Pathways


NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 7 Fundamentals - Documentation