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KnA Seminar – High-Piled Storage

November 1st, 2019 No comments

On November 13th in Carlsbad, CA, KnA will present a seminar on requirements contained in Chapter 32, High-Piled Combustible Storage of the 2019 Edition of the California Fire Code (CFC). We will discuss existing and new fire codes of the CFC and their references to NFPA 13 2016 (NFPA 13 2019). Read more…

NFPA 13 2019 To 2016 Cross Reference

October 21st, 2019 No comments

NFPA 13 2019 provided a ‘roadmap’ included in the back of the standard for 2019 section cross references for many of the sections found in the 2016 Edition. While this ‘roadmap’ table is useful, it is not a complete reference by any means and as a result, users quite often are left wondering ‘where it all went’. We decided to offer a search engine that simplifies the search process. Read more…

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

July 10th, 2019 Comments off

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 Comments off

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 Comments off

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…