Given the potential losses for telecommunication facilities during any fire, it’s critical to identify and address events like precursor smoldering or overheating equipment. Aspiration sensing technology offers a high level of protection while addressing the unique conditions and electrical nature of these environments.
Modern technology, capacity, and increasing data demands are just a few of the reasons data center fire protection is complex. According to Jeffrey Tubbs, PE, FSFPE (Arup Principal and Boston Fire Group Leader), Garr Di Salvo, PE, LEED AP (Arup Americas critical facilities construction and operations designer and Arup Associate Principal), and Andrew Neviackas, PE (Arup Senior Fire Protection Engineer and code consultant), the overall fire protection strategy stems from the tolerable level of risk. These consultants stress the importance of developing a comprehensive fire protection program for data centers that is appropriate to the stakeholder risk tolerance and required level of business continuity.
The wording of the 520 Hz signal requirement in NFPA 72®: 2010 and 2013 has caused some confusion. In general, low frequency sounders take the place of standard sounders in commercial sleeping spaces. However, there’s far more to know about the newly enacted requirement.
Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP, knows his way around fire and life safety design, especially when it comes to integrating mass notification (MNS) and emergency communications systems (ECS) with fire systems.
Did you know that, effective January 1, 2014, a low frequency audible fire alarm signal is required in all sleeping areas of newly constructed hotel guest rooms and dormitory sleeping rooms?