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KnA Seminar – Storage Requirements: NFPA 13 2019 Ed. and IFC

July 10th, 2019 No comments

On October 4th in San Diego, CA, K&A will present a course on basic requirements contained in Chapter 32, High-Piled Combustible Storage of the International Fire Code (IFC) and NFPA 13 2019 Edition. Smoke and heat vents in context of sprinkler protection will be reviewed along with aisle and maximum storage dimension requirements. Discussions also include IFC requirements for protecting storage and their effect on sprinkler system specification. Read more…

NFPA 13 2019 – Opinion on the In-Rack Chapter

July 8th, 2019 No comments

The new layout of NFPA 13 may be beneficial for new users of the standard, but it can also create confusion and dismay for experienced users as they will have to search and relocate familiar regulations and determine how these new, sometimes reworded and reformatted sections, tables, and paragraphs relate to each other. This is especially true when looking at the new in-rack Chapter 25 of NFPA 13. After using the new standard for some time now, and Chapter 25 in particular, which left me wondering on more than one occasion, I feel a need to share my experiences and observations concerning this steep learning curve. Here is a summary of my conclusions on the reformat. Read more…

Lithium-Ion Based Energy Storage Systems

June 17th, 2019 No comments

ESSLithium-Ion based energy storage systems have become increasingly important in recent years, and as a result much effort has been expended in describing and solving the fire protection concerns regarding these types of (battery) systems. The 2018 International Fire Code added Section 608, FM Global released DS 5-33 and the National Fire Protection Association proposed Standard 855 to address concerns arising from the storage and use of these systems. However, only limited test data are available Read more…

KnA Seminar Distilleries and Marijuana Extraction Facilities

May 7th, 2019 Comments off

On May 13th in Longbeach, CA, this 2-hour seminar sponsored by the SoCAL Fire Prevention Office will provide a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the operation of distillery and marijuana processing facilities. The seminar is targeted towards fire and building inspectors, fire prevention officers and professionals. Discussed will be the latest fire and building codes and regulations. Read more…

NFPA 13 2019 Edition – ESFR Code Changes

February 20th, 2019 Comments off

The newest edition of NFPA 13 (2019 Edition) will be adopted as early as 2019. However, the vast majority of states and jurisdictions will be adopting the new standard in January of 2020. In this article we will be focusing on the reformat and new layout of the standard and discussing changes for this latest edition of NFPA 13 in the application and use of ESFR (Early Suppression, Fast Response) sprinkler systems. Read more…

2018 FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM

September 24th, 2018 Comments off

On October 3rd in Northridge, CA, the 2018 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium is sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Invited speakers will present hot topics in the fire protection industry. Also, the newest fire safety technologies will be exhibited. Proceeds benefit the Chapter Scholarship Fund. Come learn about fire protection engineering and support students. Read more…

KnA Seminar Haz-Mat and Marijuana Facilities

November 2nd, 2017 Comments off

On November 8th in Carlsbad, CA, this 2-hour seminar sponsored by the SoCAL Fire Prevention Office will provide a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the operation of small marijuana processing facilities. The seminar is targeted towards fire and building inspectors, fire prevention officers and professionals. Discussed will be the latest fire and building codes and regulations, including upcoming 2018 fire code regulations. Read more…

KnA Seminar – Hazardous Materials

March 24th, 2017 Comments off

This 4-hour seminar presented on April 4th at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside, CA will provide an understanding of the hazardous materials classifications as defined in the Fire and Building Codes and their effect on occupancy classification. The seminar includes workshops designed to help develop a better understanding of the presented materials. Read more…

ESFR Sprinklers – The Perfect Solution To Warehouse Fire Protection? (Updated)

February 1st, 2017 Comments off

Explore with us in this article the do’s and don’ts of using ESFR sprinkler systems. We discuss common pitfalls in applying these types of sprinkler systems and provide detailed explanations on their correct usage including applicable codes and regulations. Presented are the latest updates on this subject matter based on the 2013 and 2016 editions of NFPA 13, FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets, and relevant results from the latest fire tests with ESFR sprinkler systems. Read more…

Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems

January 4th, 2017 Comments off

ESSIn recent years, there has been a marked increase in the deployment of various types of battery technologies for use in Energy Storage Systems (ESS). Code enforcing bodies, such as local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), are asked to successfully address risks associated with these new battery technologies. However, there is little or no guidance and direction on how to deal with associated hazards, or more specifically, on how to review a successful fire protection approach. Read more…