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NFPA 101, 2018

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Equipment using gas and related gas piping shall be in accordance with NFPA 54 or NFPA 58 unless such installations are approved existing installations, which shall be permitted to be continued in service.
Electrical wiring and equipment shall be in accordance with NFPA 70 unless such installations are approved existing installations, which shall be permitted to be continued in service.
Where required for compliance with this Code, emergency generators and standby power systems shall comply with 9.1.3.1 and 9.1.3.2.
Emergency generators and standby power systems shall be installed, tested, and maintained in accordance with NFPA 110.

9.1.3.2

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New generator controllers shall be monitored by the fire alarm system, where provided, or at a location approved by the AHJ, for the following conditions:
  1. Generator running
  2. Generator fault
  3. Generator switch in non-automatic position
Exception: A generator remote annunciator may be installed adjacent to the fire alarm control unit or fire alarm remote annunciator with the approval of the AHJ to satisfy this requirement.

9.1.3.3

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Where a building fire alarm system is provided, existing emergency generators shall be monitored by the fire alarm system for generator running.
Exception: A generator remote annunciator may be installed adjacent to the fire alarm control unit or fire alarm remote annunciator with the approval of the AHJ to satisfy this requirement.
Stored electrical energy systems shall be installed, tested, and maintained in accordance with NFPA 111.
Air-conditioning, heating, ventilating ductwork, and related equipment shall be in accordance with NFPA 90A or NFPA 90B, as applicable, unless such installations are approved existing installations, which shall be permitted to be continued in service.
Ventilating or heat-producing equipment shall be in accordance with NFPA 91, NFPA 211, NFPA 31, NFPA 54, or NFPA 70, as applicable, unless such installations are approved existing installations, which shall be permitted to be continued in service.
Where required by another section of this Code, commercial cooking operations shall be protected in accordance with NFPA 96 unless such installations are approved existing installations, which shall be permitted to be continued in service.

9.2.3.1

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Any business that is open less than six (6) months a year shall be considered a seasonal business with low-volume cooking operations and as such, shall be exempt from the semiannual maintenance requirements of 96:11.4 and shall only be required to perform said maintenance annually prior to reopening for the season.
Ventilating systems in laboratories using chemicals shall be in accordance with NFPA 45.

9.2.5

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Where a building fire alarm system is provided, it shall be interconnected to the building's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) line voltage controls so that any individual fan supplying two thousand (2,000) ft3/min. (cfm) (56.63 m3/min.) or greater capacity of any ventilating system not used for pressurization of a fire safe area shall automatically shut down any time, other than drills or when testing, that any initiating device connected to the fire alarm system is activated as provided in § 9.6.5.2 (6).

The requirements of 9.2.5 may be modified or omitted in areas where automatic shutdown may interfere with clean room operations, temperature controlled environments protecting sensitive equipment, or other building operations as approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
Where required by another section of this Code, smoke control systems shall be designed, installed, inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with NFPA 92, NFPA 204, or nationally recognized standards, engineering guides, or recommended practices, as approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
The engineer of record shall clearly identify the intent of the system, the design method used, the appropriateness of that method, and the required means of inspecting, testing, and maintaining the system.
Acceptance testing shall be performed by a special inspector in accordance with Section 9.13.
Floor- or zone-dependent smoke control systems shall be automatically activated by sprinkler waterflow or smoke detection systems.
Means for manual operation of smoke control systems shall be provided at an approved location.
Smoke control systems that are integrated with other fire protection or life safety systems shall be tested in accordance with 9.11.4.2.
An elevator, other than an elevator in accordance with 7.2.13, shall not be considered a component in a required means of egress but shall be permitted as a component in an accessible means of egress.

9.4.2.1

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Except as modified herein, new elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and moving walks shall be in accordance with the requirements of ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators and the Rhode Island Elevator Safety Code, 260-RICR-30-10-1.

9.4.2.2

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Except as modified herein, existing elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and moving walks shall conform to the requirements of ASME A17.3, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators and the Rhode Island Elevator Safety Code, 260-RICR-30-10-1.

9.4.2.3

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Elevators in accordance with ASME A17.1/CSA B44.7, Performance-Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, shall be deemed to comply with ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, or ASME A17.3, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators and the Rhode Island Elevator Safety Code, 260-RICR-30-10-1.
For other than elevators used for occupant-controlled evacuation in accordance with Section 7.15 and other than existing elevators, the elevator corridor call station pictograph specified in 2.27.9 of ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, shall be provided at each elevator landing.
All new elevators shall conform to the fire fighters' emergency operations requirements of ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.

9.4.3.2

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All existing elevators shall conform to the Fire Fighters' Emergency Operations requirements of ASME A17.3, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators and the Rhode Island Elevator Safety Code, 260-RICR-30-10-1.
The number of elevator cars permitted in a hoistway shall be in accordance with 8.6.9.4.
Elevator machine rooms that contain solid-state equipment for elevators, other than existing elevators, having a travel distance exceeding 50 ft (15 m) above the level of exit discharge, or exceeding 30 ft (9.1 m) below the level of exit discharge, shall be provided with independent ventilation or air-conditioning systems to maintain temperature during fire fighters' emergency operations for elevator operation (see 9.4.3). The operating temperature shall be established by the elevator equipment manufacturer's specifications. When standby power is connected to the elevator, the machine room ventilation or air-conditioning shall be connected to standby power.

9.4.6.1

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Elevators shall be subject to periodic inspections and tests as specified in ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators and the Rhode Island Elevator Safety Code, 260-RICR-30-10-1.

9.4.6.2

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All elevators equipped with fire fighters' emergency operations in accordance with § 9.4.3 shall be subject to a monthly operation with a written record of the findings made and kept on the premises as required by ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators and the Rhode Island Elevator Safety Code, 260-RICR-30-10-1.

9.4.6.3

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The elevator inspections and tests required by § 9.4.6.1 shall be performed at frequencies complying with the Rhode Island Elevator Safety Code, 260-RICR-30-10-1.
Conveyors, elevators, dumbwaiters, and pneumatic conveyors serving various stories of a building shall not open to an exit enclosure.
Waste chutes and laundry chutes shall be separately enclosed by walls or partitions in accordance with the provisions of Section 8.3.
Chute intake openings shall be protected in accordance with Section 8.3.
The doors of chutes specified in 9.5.1.2 shall open only to a room that is designed and used exclusively for accessing the chute opening.
Chute service opening rooms shall be separated from other spaces in accordance with Section 8.7.
The requirements of 9.5.1.1 through 9.5.1.4 shall not apply where otherwise permitted by the following:
  1. Existing installations having properly enclosed service chutes and properly installed and maintained chute intake doors shall be permitted to have chute intake doors open to a corridor or normally occupied space.
  2. Waste chutes and laundry chutes shall be permitted to open into rooms not exceeding 400 ft2 (37 m2) that are used for storage, provided that the room is protected by automatic sprinklers.
Waste chutes, laundry chutes, and incinerators shall be installed and maintained in accordance with NFPA 82 unless such installations are approved existing installations, which shall be permitted to be continued in service.
The provisions of Section 9.6 shall apply only where specifically required by another section of this Code.

9.6.1.1.1

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The Authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), for the purpose of enforcing the Rhode Island Life Safety Code, § 9.6 shall be the State Fire Marshal or his or her designee and those parties certified by the State Fire Marshal as prescribed by R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 23-28.2-6 and 23-28.2-9.
Fire detection, alarm, and communications systems installed to make use of an alternative permitted by this Code shall be considered required systems and shall meet the provisions of this Code applicable to required systems.

9.6.1.39.6.1.3*

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Where required, a fire alarm system shall be installed, tested, and maintained in accordance with the applicable requirements of this Chapter, NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, and NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Any conflicts between the provisions of this Chapter, as amended and NFPA 72 shall be resolved in favor of the provisions of this Chapter as determined by the State Fire Marshal.
To ensure operational integrity, the fire alarm system shall have an approved maintenance and testing program complying with the applicable requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 72.

9.6.1.4.1

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All systems and components shall be approved for the purpose for which they are installed, and listed or approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

9.6.1.5

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Where a required fire alarm system is out of service for more than four (4) hours in a twenty-four (24) hour period for repair, maintenance or testing, the authority having jurisdiction shall be notified, and the building impairment procedures shall comply with NFPA 72.

9.6.1.5.1

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With the written approval of, and subject to any additional safeguards mandated by the AHJ, the fire alarm systems, or portions thereof may be temporarily disabled for events or other occasions by qualified personnel where environmental, mechanical or human factors would lead to unnecessary nuisance, accidental or intentional false alarms.

9.6.1.6

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Whenever the terms "hardwired 120 vAC-powered" "hard-wired" or "hardwired" are used in this Code as it relates to the primary power supply for single or multiple station smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, the provisions of § 72:29.9.1 (2019) shall apply.

9.6.1.7

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Whenever the term "wireless" is used in this Code as it relates to household fire alarm systems and/or single or multiple station alarms, it shall mean low-power radio (wireless) and the provisions of 72:§ 29.10.8 (2019) shall apply.
Where required by other sections of this Code, actuation of the fire alarm system shall occur by any or all of the following means of initiation but shall not be limited to such means:
  1. Manual fire alarm initiation
  2. Automatic detection
  3. Extinguishing system operation
Manual fire alarm boxes shall be used only for fire-protective signaling purposes. Combination fire alarm and guard's tour stations shall be permitted.

9.6.2.2.1

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Manual fire alarm boxes shall be double-action, key locked and shall be keyed the same as the fire alarm control unit door lock. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 72.

9.6.2.2.1.1

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Existing single-action manual fire alarm boxes that are provided with listed protective covers, with or without a local signal, may be continued in use and deemed compliant with the double-action requirement of § 9.6.2.2.1.

9.6.2.2.2

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Manual fire alarm boxes, new and existing, used in systems not equipped for emergency forces notification shall be marked "In case of emergency, pull handle, then call 9-1-1".
A manual fire alarm box shall be provided as follows, unless modified by another section of this Code.
  1. For new alarm system installations, the manual fire alarm box shall be located within 60 in. (1525 mm) of exit doorways.
  2. For existing alarm system installations, the manual fire alarm box either shall be provided in the natural exit access path near each required exit or within 60 in. (1525 mm) of exit doorways.
Manual fire alarm boxes shall be mounted on both sides of grouped openings over 40 ft (12.2 m) in width, and within 60 in. (1525 mm) of each side of the opening.
Additional manual fire alarm boxes shall be located so that, on any given floor in any part of the building, no horizontal distance on that floor exceeding 200 ft (61 m) shall need to be traversed to reach a manual fire alarm box.
For fire alarm systems using automatic fire detection or waterflow detection devices to initiate the fire alarm system in accordance with Chapters 11 through 43, not less than one manual fire alarm box, located as required by the authority having jurisdiction, shall be provided to initiate a fire alarm signal.
Manual fire alarm boxes shall be accessible, unobstructed, and visible.

9.6.2.8

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Where a sprinkler system provides automatic detection and alarm system initiation, it shall be provided with an approved alarm initiation device that operates within ninety (90) seconds when the flow of water is equal to or greater than that from a single automatic sprinkler.

9.6.2.9

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Where a total (complete) coverage fire alarm system is required by another section of this Code, automatic detection shall be provided as follows:
  1. Automatic detection shall be located in all areas of the building as required by NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, for total (complete) coverage;
  2. The detection required by § 9.6.2.9(1) shall include automatic smoke detectors in all common corridors, the top of all stairwells, stairwell landings at each floor level, elevator machine rooms and machine spaces, and all elevator landings; and
  3. Areas of the building not identified in § 9.6.2.9(2), but requiring detection based on § 9.6.2.9(1), shall be permitted to be protected by automatic heat detectors or an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system.
Where required by another section of this Code, single-station and multiple-station smoke alarms shall be in accordance with NFPA 72 unless otherwise provided in 9.6.2.10.3, 9.6.2.10.4, 9.6.2.10.6, or 9.6.2.10.7.
Where automatic smoke detection is required by Chapters 11 through 43, smoke alarms shall not be used as a substitute.
The interconnection of smoke alarms shall apply only to new construction as provided in 9.6.2.10.9.

9.6.2.10.4*

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Unless otherwise provided in 9.6.2.10.6, smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within an area of exclusion determined by a 10 ft (3.0 m) radial distance along a horizontal flow path from a stationary or fixed cooking appliance, unless listed for installation in close proximity to cooking appliances. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors installed between 10 ft (3.0 m) and 20 ft (6.1 m) along a horizontal flow path from a stationary or fixed cooking appliance shall be equipped with an alarm-silencing means or use photoelectric detection. [72:29.8.3.4(4)]

9.6.2.10.5

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Smoke alarms or smoke detectors that use photoelectric detection shall be permitted for installation at a radial distance greater than 6 ft (1.8 m) from any stationary or fixed cooking appliance when the following conditions are met:
  1. The kitchen or cooking area and adjacent spaces have no clear interior partitions or headers.
  2. The 10 ft (3.0 m) area of exclusion would prohibit the placement of a smoke alarm or smoke detector required by other sections of NFPA 72. [72:29.8.3.4(4)]
Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within a 36 in. (910 mm) horizontal path from a door to a bathroom containing a shower or tub unless listed for installation in close proximity to such locations. [72:29.8.3.4(6)]
System smoke detectors in accordance with NFPA 72 and arranged to function in the same manner as single-station or multiple-station smoke alarms shall be permitted in lieu of smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms, other than battery-operated smoke alarms as permitted by other sections of this Code, shall be powered in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72.
In new construction, where two or more smoke alarms are required within a dwelling unit, suite of rooms, or similar area, they shall be arranged so that operation of any smoke alarm shall cause the alarm in all smoke alarms within the dwelling unit, suite of rooms, or similar area to sound, unless otherwise permitted by one of the following:
  1. The requirement of 9.6.2.10.9 shall not apply where permitted by another section of this Code.
  2. The requirement of 9.6.2.10.9 shall not apply to configurations that provide equivalent distribution of the alarm signal.
The alarms described in 9.6.2.10.9 shall sound only within an individual dwelling unit, suite of rooms, or similar area and shall not actuate the building fire alarm system, unless otherwise permitted by the authority having jurisdiction.
Smoke alarms shall be permitted to be connected to the building fire alarm system for the purpose of annunciation in accordance with NFPA 72.

9.6.2.11

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Where required by Chapters 11 through 43, an automatic fire detection system for initiation of the signaling system shall be provided in accordance with all of the following:
  1. Smoke detectors installed in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, shall be provided in all common corridors, lobbies, the top of all stairwells, stairwell landings at each floor level, elevator machine rooms and machine spaces, and all elevator landings.
  2. Combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135° F) to one hundred forty degrees Fahrenheit (140° F) fixed temperature heat detectors installed in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, shall be provided in kitchens located within dwelling units, storage rooms greater than twenty-four (24) square feet, utility rooms, electrical rooms, mechanical equipment rooms, maintenance shops, locker rooms, projection booths, above stage areas, below accessible stage areas, integral or attached garages and elevator hoistways.
  3. Combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135° F) to one hundred forty degrees Fahrenheit (140° F) fixed temperature heat detectors installed in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, shall be provided in spaces of twenty four inches (24") (0.61 m) or more above suspended ceilings.
  4. Automatic fixed temperature heat detectors with a rating of one hundred ninety degrees Fahrenheit (190° F) to two hundred degrees Fahrenheit (200° F) installed in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, shall be provided in common kitchens with cooking equipment, boiler or furnace rooms, common laundry rooms and accessible attics.
  5. Spaces twenty-four inches (24") (0.61m) or more above suspended ceilings shall be exempt from the requirements of § 9.6.2.11(3) if the building is of Type I or Type II construction and all interior surfaces of the above ceiling space have a Class A or B interior finish rating and the space is not utilized for storage.

9.6.2.12

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In locations where heat detectors and/or smoke detectors are required, the type and/or temperature rating of the heat detector or smoke detector may be modified if the type or temperature rating of the device is unsuitable due to environmental or structural conditions unique to that location or where multiple nuisance alarms have occurred, subject to the approval of the AHJ.

9.6.2.13

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Where a specific temperature rating or type of heat detector is specified elsewhere in this code, rate anticipation detectors, line-type detectors, beam detectors or other type detectors listed for the application may be installed where approved by the AHJ.
Occupant notification shall be provided to alert occupants of a fire or other emergency where required by other sections of this Code.
Occupant notification shall be in accordance with 9.6.3.3 through 9.6.3.10.2, unless otherwise provided in 9.6.3.2.1 through 9.6.3.2.4.

9.6.3.2.1*9.6.3.2.1 Reserved

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9.6.3.2.2*9.6.3.2.2

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Where duct-type smoke detectors are installed in HVAC systems in buildings requiring a fire alarm system, the duct-type smoke detectors shall be connected to the fire alarm control unit to signal an audible and visual supervisory signal at the fire alarm control unit and annunciator. An alarm condition shall not occur unless specifically requested and authorized by the AHJ.

9.6.3.2.3*9.6.3.2.3 Reserved

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Detectors in accordance with 22.3.4.3.1(2) and 23.3.4.3.1(2) shall not be required to activate the building evacuation alarm.
Where permitted by Chapters 11 through 43, a presignal system shall be permitted where the initial fire alarm signal is automatically transmitted without delay to a municipal fire department, to a fire brigade (if provided), and to an on-site staff person trained to respond to a fire emergency.
Where permitted by Chapters 11 through 43, a positive alarm sequence shall be permitted, provided that it is in accordance with NFPA 72.
Unless otherwise provided in 9.6.3.5.1 through 9.6.3.5.8, notification signals for occupants to evacuate shall be by audible and visible signals in accordance with NFPA 72 and ICC/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, or other means of notification acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.
Areas not subject to occupancy by persons who are hearing impaired shall not be required to comply with the provisions for visible signals.
Visible-only signals shall be provided where specifically permitted in health care occupancies in accordance with Chapters 18 and 19.

9.6.3.5.3 Reserved

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9.6.3.5.4 Reserved

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Visible signals shall not be required in exit stair enclosures.
Visible signals shall not be required in elevator cars.
Public mode visual notification appliances in accordance with NFPA 72 shall not be required in designated areas as permitted by Chapters 11 through 43, provided that they are replaced with approved alternative visible means.
Where visible signals are not required, as permitted by 9.6.3.5.7, documentation of such omission shall be maintained in accordance with 9.13.3.
The general evacuation alarm signal shall operate in accordance with one of the methods prescribed by 9.6.3.6.1 through 9.6.3.6.3.
The general evacuation alarm signal shall operate throughout the entire building other than the locations described in 9.6.3.6.4 and 9.6.3.6.5.
Where total evacuation of occupants is impractical due to building configuration, only the occupants in the affected zones shall be initially notified, and provisions shall be made to selectively notify occupants in other zones to afford orderly evacuation of the entire building, provided that such arrangement is approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
Where occupants are incapable of evacuating themselves because of age, physical or mental disabilities, or physical restraint, all of the following shall apply:
  1. The private operating mode, as described in NFPA 72 shall be permitted to be used.
  2. Only the attendants and other personnel required to evacuate occupants from a zone, area, floor, or building shall be required to be notified.
  3. Notification of personnel as specified in 9.6.3.6.3(2) shall include means to readily identify the zone, area, floor, or building in need of evacuation.
The general evacuation signal shall not be required in exit stair enclosures.
The general evacuation signal shall not be required in elevator cars.
Audible alarm notification appliances shall be of such character and so distributed as to be effectively heard above the average ambient sound level that exists under normal conditions of occupancy.
Audible alarm notification appliances shall produce signals that are distinctive from audible signals used for other purposes in a given building.

9.6.3.9

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Automatically transmitted or approved live voice evacuation or relocation instructions shall be permitted to be used to notify occupants and shall comply with either §§ 9.6.3.9.1 or 9.6.3.9.2.

9.6.3.9.1

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Automatically transmitted or approved live voice evacuation or relocation instructions shall be in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

9.6.3.9.2*

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Where permitted by Chapters 11 through 43 and subject to the approval of the authority having jurisdiction, automatically transmitted or live voice announcements shall be permitted to be made via a voice communication or public address system that complies with the following:
  1. Occupant notification, either live or recorded, shall be initiated at a constantly attended receiving station by personnel trained to respond to an emergency.
  2. An approved secondary power supply shall be provided for other than existing, previously approved systems.
  3. The system shall be audible above the expected ambient noise level.
  4. Emergency announcements shall take precedence over any other use.
Unless otherwise permitted by another section of this Code, audible and visible fire alarm notification appliances shall comply with either 9.6.3.10.1 or 9.6.3.10.2.
Audible and visible fire alarm notification appliances shall be used only for fire alarm system or other emergency purposes.
Emergency voice/alarm communication systems shall be permitted to be used for other purposes in accordance with NFPA 72.
Where required by another section of this Code, emergency forces notification shall be provided to alert the municipal fire department and fire brigade (if provided) of fire or other emergency.

RILSC 9.6.4.2

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Where emergency forces notification is required by this Code and provided for in a building in a city, town, or fire district having a public emergency alarm reporting system, the protected premises fire alarm reporting system within the building shall be connected into the public emergency reporting system via a local energy master box, auxiliary transmitter, radio master box, or other approved method so that any fire alarm signal within the building will be automatically transmitted to the community's communications center.

9.6.4.2.1

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Systems requiring emergency forces notification in buildings in a city, town, or fire district not having a public emergency alarm reporting system shall be connected to the community communications center via a remote supervising station alarm system or other method in a manner approved by the AHJ so that any fire alarm signal within the building will be automatically transmitted to the community's communications center.
For existing installations where none of the means of notification specified in 9.6.4.2(1) through (4) are available, an approved plan for notification of the municipal fire department shall be permitted.
For other than existing installations, where fire alarm systems are required to provide emergency forces notification, supervisory signals and trouble signals shall sound and be visibly displayed either at an approved, remotely located receiving facility or at a location within the protected building that is constantly attended by qualified personnel.

9.6.4.4.1

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Whenever any supervisory signal or trouble signal is required to sound and be displayed at a location that is constantly attended by qualified personnel, signals that sound and are displayed in a public or common area of the building shall be deemed to be in compliance.

9.6.4.5

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All fire alarm control units connected to the local Public Emergency Alarm Reporting System shall be configured to restore the emergency forces notification circuit when an alarm signal is acknowledged and/or the notification appliance circuit(s) silenced.

9.6.4.6

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Where emergency forces notification is provided, multiple-zone signaling from the protected premises fire alarm control unit shall be provided in any jurisdiction capable of receiving multiple-zone signals and shall be provided as required by the AHJ.

9.6.4.7

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In complexes consisting of multiple building clusters, a single means of connection in accordance with § 9.6.4.2 may be used to accomplish emergency forces notification provided that each building is clearly identified visually on site in a manner approved by the AHJ (i.e.: strobe lights, etc.)
Emergency control functions shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72.

9.6.5.2

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Where required by another section of this Code, the following functions shall be actuated:
  1. Release of hold-open devices for doors or other opening protective's
  2. Stairwell or elevator shaft pressurization
  3. Smoke management or smoke control systems
  4. Unlocking of doors
  5. Elevator recall and shutdown
  6. HVAC shutdown
  7. Operation of exterior horn/strobe notification appliances

9.6.5.3

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Where the functions identified in §§ 9.6.5.2(5), (6) or (7) are provided, they shall be actuated upon the initiation of any manual fire alarm box, automatic initiating device or extinguishing system operation installed within the building.

9.6.5.4

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A manual override for each fire safety function installed in accordance with § 9.6.5.2 shall be provided at the fire alarm control unit for maintenance, drills and testing of the fire alarm system.

9.6.5.5

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All buildings that have a fire alarm system required by this Code that requires emergency egress and relocation fire drills to be held shall have a key-operated drill switch to activate the notification appliances in the building, installed at a remote location outside of the fire alarm control unit, subject to the approval of the AHJ. The drill switch key shall not be the same as the fire alarm control unit key.
Operator controls, alarm indicators, and manual communications capability shall be installed at a convenient location acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.
Where alarm annunciation is required by another section of this Code, it shall comply with 9.6.7.2 through 9.6.7.8.
Alarm annunciation at the control center shall be by means of audible and visible indicators.

9.6.7.2.1

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A directory or zone map as required by the AHJ shall be provided for every required fire alarm system. The directory or zone map shall be provided in a location deemed acceptable by the AHJ.

9.6.7.3

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For the purposes of alarm annunciation, each floor of the building shall be considered as not less than one (1) zone, unless otherwise permitted by §§ 9.6.7.4.4, 9.6.7.4.6 or another section of this Code.
Where a floor area exceeds 22,500 ft2 (2090 m2), additional fire alarm zoning shall be provided, and the length of any single fire alarm zone shall not exceed 300 ft (91 m) in any direction, except as provided in 9.6.7.4.1 through 9.6.7.4.6, or as otherwise modified by another section of this Code.
Where permitted by another section of this Code, fire alarm zones shall be permitted to exceed 22,500 ft2 (2090 m2), and the length of a zone shall be permitted to exceed 300 ft (91 m) in any direction.
Where the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with 9.7.1.1(1), the area of the fire alarm zone shall be permitted to coincide with the allowable area of the sprinkler system.
Where the building is protected by a water mist system in accordance with 9.8.1 and Table 9.8.1, the area of the fire alarm zone shall be permitted to coincide with the allowable area of the water mist system.
Unless otherwise prohibited by another section of this Code, where a building not exceeding four stories in height is protected by an automatic water mist system in accordance with 9.8.1, the water mist system shall be permitted to be annunciated on the fire alarm system as a single zone.

9.6.7.4.5 Reserved

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9.6.7.4.6

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Where the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with § 9.7.1.1(2), the sprinkler system shall be permitted to be annunciated on the fire alarm system as a single zone.
A system trouble signal shall be annunciated by means of audible and visible indicators in accordance with NFPA 72.
A system supervisory signal shall be annunciated by means of audible and visible indicators in accordance with NFPA 72.
Where the system serves more than one building, each building shall be annunciated separately.
Where permitted by another section of this Code, the alarm zone shall be permitted to coincide with the permitted area for smoke compartments.

9.6.7.9

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Where a building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with §§ 9.7.1.1(1) or (3), any alarm originating from a sprinkler or a Class II or Class III standpipe connection shall provide two (2) separate indications on the system annunciator, one to indicate "sprinkler/standpipe" and one (1) to indicate the activated zone.

9.6.7.10

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Where an existing building that is not classified as a high-rise is protected by an existing sprinkler system in accordance with § 9.7.1.1, the sprinkler system shall be permitted to be annunciated on the fire alarm system as a single zone.

9.6.7.11

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Supervisory signals, including the operation of sprinkler control valve supervisory switches or duct type smoke detectors, shall be permitted to annunciate as a trouble signal on existing fire alarm systems.

9.6.7.12

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In complexes consisting of multiple building clusters without emergency forces notification, each building shall be clearly identified visually on site in a manner approved by the AHJ (i.e.: strobe lights, etc.).

9.6.8 Equipment

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9.6.8.1

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The fire alarm system owner shall provide a twenty-four (24) hour emergency telephone number of the owner or owner's representative for the fire department or AHJ to call in the event of an alarm or trouble condition. This telephone number shall be conspicuously posted at the fire alarm control unit.

9.6.8.2

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Where emergency forces notification is provided in accordance with § 9.6.4.2, the fire alarm system shall be provided with a standby battery source capable of supplying the entire system for sixty (60) hours.

9.6.8.3

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Where emergency forces notification is not provided in accordance with § 9.6.4.2, a weather-proof horn/strobe notification appliance shall be installed on the exterior of the building at a location approved by the AHJ.

9.6.8.4

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The audible provisions of § 9.6.8.3 shall not apply to residential board and care occupancies equipped with a weather-proof strobe notification appliance installed on the exterior of the building at a location approved by the AHJ.

9.6.8.5

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Fault isolation modules or bases shall be installed on all signaling line circuits to prevent a wire-to-wire short circuit fault from disabling more than twenty-five (> 25) devices on any circuit.

9.6.8.6

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When a common signaling line circuit serves more than one (1) floor of a building, fault isolation modules shall be installed to prevent a wire-to-wire short circuit fault on one (1) floor from disabling the remainder of the SLC on any other floor.

9.6.8.7

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When control and/or signaling modules are used for the activation of notification appliance circuits or to initiate emergency forces notification, fault isolation modules shall be installed on each side of the control or signaling module.

9.6.8.8 Low-Power Radio

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9.6.8.8.1

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Low-Power Radio (Wireless) Systems shall comply with all provisions of this Chapter and NFPA 72.

9.6.9 Installation and Wiring

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9.6.9.1

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Transponders, Data Gathering Panels, Nodes, etc. shall communicate with the Central Processing Unit (CPU) via a Class "X" Signaling Line Circuit (SLC) meeting the requirements as described in NFPA 72.

9.6.9.2

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Signaling line circuits (SLC), initiating device circuits (IDC) and notification appliance circuits (NAC) shall be installed utilizing Class "A" pathways meeting the requirements as described in NFPA 72.

9.6.9.3

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The requirement of § 9.6.9.2 shall not apply to fire alarm systems not requiring emergency forces notification.

9.6.9.4

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All fire alarm system wiring within a building and between buildings in multiple building clusters shall be installed in metal raceway with steel couplings and box connectors or type MC cable rated as FPL and two (2) hour fire rated for penetrations by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Cast-type "LB" or "T" type connectors shall be permitted. An equipment-bonding conductor shall be provided in all flexible metallic raceways unless otherwise exempted elsewhere in this Code.

9.6.9.4.1

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All conductors for emergency forces notification circuits shall be installed in separate raceways from all other conductors.

9.6.9.5

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Wiring between buildings may be buried if enclosed in PVC conduit using approved IMSA cables, or installed either using approved direct burial type MC cable or run aerially with approved IMSA shielded cable(s) subject to approval by the AHJ.

9.6.9.6

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All conductors shall be minimum #16 gauge and be solid copper, type "thhn", "thwn" or "tfn" unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. All wiring shall be run continuously from device to device. With the approval of the AHJ, junction points may be made due to construction hardships where a continuous run would be impractical.

9.6.9.6.1

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Junction points between devices shall be permitted on existing fire alarm systems provided the conductors are terminated on terminal strips.

9.6.9.7

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UL listed type MC cable connectors with insulated bushings and screw type cable attachments or box clamps with anti-short inserts shall be used in all MC cable installations. Connectors shall be made of steel, not the cast type.

9.6.9.8

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The color code for all newly installed fire alarm system conductors shall be as follows:
  1. INITIATING DEVICE CIRCUIT shall be red and black. Red shall be positive and black shall be negative [IDC/SLC].
  2. NOTIFICATION APPLIANCE CIRCUIT shall be blue and white. Blue shall be positive and white shall be negative. When speakers, bells, chimes or other audible/visual appliances are used in lieu of horns, this color code shall be followed [NAC].
  3. STROBE CIRCUIT, if a separate feed is required, shall be blue and white. Blue shall be positive and white shall be negative.
  4. SMOKE DETECTOR CIRCUITS, if a separate power feed is required, shall be brown and violet. Violet shall be positive and brown shall be negative.
  5. "LOCAL" SMOKE DETECTOR CIRCUITS, if an interconnect wire between sounder bases is required, shall be violet.
  6. AUXILIARY REMOTE POWER SUPPLY CIRCUITS shall be brown and violet. Violet shall be positive and brown shall be negative.
  7. ELECTRO-MAGNETIC DOOR HOLDBACK CIRCUITS shall be gray and gray if powered by twenty-four (24) vDC or black and white if powered by one hundred twenty (120) vAC.
  8. MUNICIPAL MASTER BOX TRIPPING CIRCUITS shall be orange and orange.
  9. ELEVATOR RECALL CIRCUITS shall be brown and yellow.
  10. HVAC SHUTDOWN CIRCUITS and AUDIO/VISUAL SYSTEMS SHUTDOWN CIRCUITS shall be orange and yellow.
  11. REMOTE ANNUNCIATOR CIRCUITS shall be violet and numbered at each end or as specified by the control unit manufacturer.
  12. MUNICIPAL FIRE ALARM LOOP from the master box to the municipal loop shall be black and white.

9.6.9.9

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Primary AC power and/or battery charger circuits shall be on a dedicated branch circuit(s). Circuit disconnecting means shall have a red marking, shall be accessible only to authorized personnel, and shall be identified as "FIRE ALARM CIRCUIT." Where the disconnecting means is a circuit breaker located within a distribution panel, a circuit breaker lock listed for use with that breaker shall be provided. The location of the circuit disconnecting means shall be permanently identified inside the fire alarm control unit. AC and DC portions of the system shall be installed in separate raceways.

9.6.9.10

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Terminal cabinets shall be provided at all junction points, except for previously approved installations. Terminal cabinets shall be red with hinged locked covers. All conductor splices or terminations shall be made on screw-type terminal blocks — wire nuts, butt or crimp type connectors shall not be used. All terminals within a terminal cabinet shall be properly identified.
Exception: Crimp-type connectors may be used on bonding conductors.

9.6.10 System Acceptance

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9.6.10.1

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A pre-acceptance test will be held with the installer and the manufacturer's technical representative present. The pretest shall be a one hundred percent (100%) test as follows:
  1. Manually operate every manual fire alarm box, activate restorable heat detector with heat.
  2. Manually operate or electrically short out every non-restorable fixed temperature heat detector.
  3. Activate every smoke detector with smoke generated from a wick/punk source or in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications to demonstrate that smoke can enter the chamber and initiate an alarm.
  4. Activate (mechanically or electrically) all automatic extinguishing system switches — the discharge of the extinguishing agent shall not be required.
  5. Activate and time every water sprinkler/standpipe flow switch by a flow of water through the inspectors' test valves.
  6. Verify all notification appliances as operational.

9.6.10.2

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Prior to the final operational acceptance test, a NFPA 72 Fire Alarm System Record of Completion shall be prepared and submitted to the fire alarm system owner and the AHJ. The contractor shall prepare and submit a single line diagram of each installation, as built, indicating wiring between equipment and locations of control units, initiating devices and notification appliances to the owner and AHJ.

9.6.10.3

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The installing contractor shall conduct a final acceptance test including a complete functional test of the system in the presence of the AHJ and the manufacturer's authorized technical representative. During this test each circuit shall be tested by class, or style or both, to assure the circuit's capability to continue to operate during specified fault condition.

9.6.10.4

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The fire alarm system may be placed in operation prior to final acceptance if in the opinion of the AHJ it will enhance public safety or provide property protection during the final phases of construction. In this case all devices shall be thoroughly cleaned or replaced prior to the system acceptance test. The system shall not be placed in operation without the written permission of the AHJ. Under no circumstances will this be considered a final acceptance test.

9.6.10.5

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At the time of the final acceptance test, a Uniform Test Report (UTR) as prescribed by § 9.6.11.4 shall be completed and a sticker affixed to the fire alarm control unit.

9.6.11 Maintenance and Testing

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9.6.11.1

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All fire alarm systems shall be tested quarterly with twenty-five percent (25%) of all initiating devices operated with each test. A different twenty-five percent (25%) of the above-mentioned devices will be operated at each inspection so that the entire system will have been tested at the end of a twelve (12) months period as per NFPA 72.

9.6.11.2

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A fire alarm system with twenty-four (24) or fewer initiating devices shall be tested semiannually with fifty percent (50%) of all initiating devices operated with each test so that the entire system will have been tested at the end of a twelve (12) months period as per NFPA 72.

9.6.11.3

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Certification of tests and results shall be forwarded to the AHJ and the fire alarm system owner from the person(s) or firm performing the test within ten (10) days of the completion of the test. The person(s) or firm performing the testing of the fire alarm shall notify the AHJ within five (5) days, in writing, after any cancellation of a testing agreement with the fire alarm owner.

9.6.11.4

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Certification of any periodic testing required by the Code shall be on the Uniform Testing Report (UTR) as prescribed in NFPA 1, § 1.13.1(3) and issued by the State Fire Marshal. This UTR shall be utilized by all persons and firms performing fire alarm testing and inspections pursuant to this Code and shall bear the name and license number of the licensed person performing the test.

9.6.11.5

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In addition to the required testing requirements above, all system smoke detectors located within the protected premises shall be externally cleaned at least once every twelve (12) month period.

9.6.11.6

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All persons and firms performing any installation, servicing, maintenance and/or testing & inspections required by this Chapter shall be licensed in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-6-2, "Electricians — Work for Which License Required."
Each automatic sprinkler system required by another section of this Code shall be in accordance with one of the following:
  1. NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  2. NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes
  3. NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies
Sprinkler piping serving not more than six sprinklers for any hazardous area shall be permitted to be connected directly to a domestic water supply system having a capacity sufficient to provide 0.15 gpm/ft2 (6.1 mm/min) throughout the entire enclosed area.
Sprinkler piping serving hazardous areas as described in 9.7.1.2 shall be provided with an indicating shutoff valve, supervised in accordance with 9.7.2 or NFPA 13, and installed in an accessible, visible location between the sprinklers and the connection to the domestic water supply.
In areas protected by automatic sprinklers, automatic heat-detection devices required by other sections of this Code shall not be required.
Automatic sprinkler systems installed to make use of an alternative permitted by this Code shall be considered required systems and shall meet the provisions of this Code that apply to required systems.

9.7.1.6

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Fire protection for elevator installations shall be as follows:
  1. In buildings where automatic sprinklers are required, automatic sprinklers may be omitted within all elevator machine rooms and elevator hoistways and pits where elevator hoistways are constructed of non-combustible or limited-combustible materials and comply with vertical opening provisions outlined in § 8.6 of the Rhode Island Life Safety Code. Sprinklers shall be installed in elevator pits and elevator hoistways where hoistways are constructed of combustible materials.
  2. Heat detectors shall continue to be required within elevator hoistways and smoke detectors shall continue to be required within elevator machine rooms as required by the Rhode Island Life Safety Code.
  3. Elevator machine rooms shall be used for no purpose other than elevator machine rooms.

9.7.1.7

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Certification of any periodic testing required by the Code shall be on the Uniform Testing Report (UTR) as prescribed in NFPA 1, §§ 1.13.1(12) & (13) and issued by the State Fire Marshal. This UTR shall be utilized by all persons and firms performing automatic sprinkler or standpipe testing and inspections pursuant to this Code and shall bear the name and license number of the licensed person performing the test.
Where supervised automatic sprinkler systems are required by another section of this Code, supervisory attachments shall be installed and monitored for integrity in accordance with NFPA 72 and a distinctive supervisory signal shall be provided to indicate a condition that would impair the satisfactory operation of the sprinkler system.
Supervisory signals shall sound and shall be displayed either at a location within the protected building that is constantly attended by qualified personnel or at an approved, remotely located receiving facility.

9.7.2.1.2.1

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Whenever any supervised automatic sprinkler supervisory signal is required to sound and be displayed at a location that is constantly attended by qualified personnel or at a remotely located receiving facility, signals that sound and are displayed in a public or common area of the protected premises shall be deemed to be in compliance.
Where supervision of automatic sprinkler systems is required by another section of this Code, waterflow alarms shall be transmitted to an approved, proprietary alarm-receiving facility, a remote station, a central station, or the fire department.
The connection described in 9.7.2.2.1 shall be in accordance with 9.6.1.3.
In any occupancy where the character of the fuel for fire is such that extinguishment or control of fire is accomplished by a type of automatic extinguishing system in lieu of an automatic sprinkler system, such extinguishing system shall be installed in accordance with the applicable standard referenced in Table 9.8.1.

Table 9.8.1 Fire Suppression System Installation Standards

Fire Suppression System Installation Standard
Low-, medium-, and high-expansion foam systems NFPA 11, Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam
Carbon dioxide systems NFPA 12, Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems
Halon 1301 systems NFPA 12A, Standard on Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems
Water spray fixed systems NFPA 15, Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection
Deluge foam-water sprinkler systems NFPA 16, Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems
Dry chemical systems NFPA 17, Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems
Wet chemical systems NFPA 17A, Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems
Water mist systems NFPA 750, Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems
Clean agent extinguishing systems NFPA 2001, Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems
If the extinguishing system is installed in lieu of a required, supervised automatic sprinkler system, the activation of the extinguishing system shall activate the building fire alarm system, where provided.
The actuation of an extinguishing system that is not installed in lieu of a required, supervised automatic sprinkler system shall be indicated at the building fire alarm system, where provided.
In areas protected by an automatic water mist system, automatic heat-detection devices required by other sections of this Code shall not be required.
Where required by another section of this Code, portable fire extinguishers shall be selected, installed, inspected, and maintained in accordance with NFPA 10.
Where required by another section of this Code, standpipe and hose systems shall be provided in accordance with NFPA 14.
Where standpipe and hose systems are installed in combination with automatic sprinkler systems, installation shall be in accordance with the appropriate provisions established by NFPA 13 and NFPA 14.
All automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems required by this Code shall be inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with NFPA 25.
Sprinkler impairment procedures shall comply with NFPA 25.
All required documentation regarding the design of the fire protection system and the procedures for maintenance, inspection, and testing of the fire protection system shall be maintained at an approved, secured location for the life of the fire protection system.
Testing and maintenance records required by NFPA 25 shall be maintained at an approved, secured location.
Where required by Chapters 11 through 43, installations involving two or more integrated fire protection or life safety systems shall be tested to verify the proper operation and function of such systems in accordance with 9.11.4.1.1 and 9.11.4.1.2.
When a fire protection or life safety system is tested, the response of integrated fire protection and life safety systems shall be verified.
After repair or replacement of equipment, required retesting of integrated systems shall be limited to verifying the response of fire protection or life safety functions initiated by repaired or replaced equipment.
Where required by 9.3.5 or Chapters 11 through 43, the following integrated fire protection and life safety systems shall be tested in accordance with 9.11.4.1 and 9.11.4.2.1 through 9.11.4.2.2:
  1. Integrated fire protection and life safety systems in high-rise buildings
  2. Integrated fire protection and life safety systems that include a smoke control system
For new buildings, integrated testing in accordance with NFPA 4 shall be conducted prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
For existing buildings, integrated testing in accordance with NFPA 4 shall be conducted at intervals not exceeding 10 years unless otherwise specified by an integrated system test plan prepared in accordance with NFPA 4.

9.12 Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment

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Where required by another section of this Code, carbon monoxide (CO) detection and warning equipment shall be provided in accordance with NFPA 72 (2019).
Where required by another section of this Code, special inspections and tests shall be performed to verify the operation of the fire protection system in its final condition for acceptance by the authority having jurisdiction.
The special inspector's relevant experience in the design, installation, and testing of the fire protection systems shall be documented.
The design documents shall provide the procedures and methods to be used and items subject to special inspections and tests.
The special inspector shall submit an inspection and test report to the authority having jurisdiction and registered design professional (RDP) in responsible charge.
Where required by Chapters 11 through 43, a risk analysis for mass notification systems shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 24 of NFPA 72 and the provisions of 9.14.2 through 9.14.4.
Where a mass notification system is required by the risk analysis in 9.14.1.1, the system shall be in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 24 of NFPA 72.
The purpose of the mass notification system shall be to communicate information about emergencies including, but not limited to, fire, human-caused events (accidental and intentional), other dangerous situations, accidents, and natural disasters.
The purpose of the emergency action plan for the mass notification system shall be to identify the mass notification system design and performance requirements in accordance with the results of the risk analysis.
The emergency action plan, risk assessment report, and accompanying documentation shall be submitted to the authority having jurisdiction by the registered design professional (RDP). The format and content of the documentation shall be acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.
Where required by the authority having jurisdiction, an independent review of the emergency action plan, risk assessment, and the accompanying documentation by one or more individuals possessing expertise in risk characterization for accidental and intentional hazards shall be performed.
The completed emergency action plan in accordance with Section 4.8 shall be used for the design of the mass notification/emergency communications system.
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