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Fire Sprinklers 301 – Introduction to Storage Occupancy Protection

approx 90 minutes - 3 parts

CEUs = 0.15   /   CPDs = 1.5   (CEUs/CPDs are OPTIONAL)



Among the most confusing fire protection systems faced by a plan review or inspecting authority are those designed to protect facilities that include extensive storage of commodities. Until 1999, NFPA covered protection of specific storage commodities, such as on-floor and rack storage of Class I, II, III, IV and plastic commodities, rubber tires, baled cotton and roll paper within individual standards — 231, 231C, 231D, 231E and 231F. Beginning with the 1999 edition, those standards were included in NFPA 13, and this change caused additional confusion for many in the industry.

CLSE 301 discusses the basics of Storage Protection based on the building codes, as well as the storage chapters of NFPA 13, 2007 edition. It answers the questions: What is storage? When is it storage? What do we mean by storage occupancies? and, How do we protect storage occupancies?


The program describes what the approving authority should know about the occupancy and its use, types of protection schemes and the types sprinkler devices available. It also addresses how the occupancy and the stored commodity, as well as the protection scheme and device selections available impact the decisions made by the fire sprinkler system layout technician.
Subsequent programs in the 300 series will go into greater detail about rack storage and solid-pile storage.

 


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Bob Caputo

Bob Caputo has been a member of the fire protection community for more than 25 years and has experience is all areas of the fire sprinkler industry. A former fire fighter trained in fire suppression at the U.S. Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego, Bob has been an instructor since 1989, teaching seminars for both American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and NFPA. He holds fire sprinkler contracting licenses in multiple states. He represents AFSA on the NFPA 13 Installation Committee and is the author of AFSA's Project Management Tools program. He was named FPC Magazine's “Man of the Year” in 1994 and was named San Diego County Fire Prevention Officer of the Year in 1999.