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Fire Sprinklers 302 – General Requirements, Commodities Classifications, and Protection of Idle Pallets

approx 90 minutes - 4 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 302 builds upon the basics of Storage Protection discussed in CLSE 301 and will introduce participants to sprinkler system design requirements for storage occupancies with a focus on commodity classifications, design methods and sprinkler types used for storage facilities.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to describe and locate NFPA 13 requirements criteria on design issues such as excessive clearance, modifiers to the size of the remote area, K-factor/density relationship; locate and apply commodity classifications, including mixed commodities; understand the impact that plastic pallets have on the commodity classification; and discuss the design criteria protection of idle pallet types used in storage arrangements.

The target audience for all three presentations includes:
• Architects
• Building Officials
• Plan reviewers
• Fire Marshals

Subsequent programs in the 300 series will go into greater detail about miscellaneous storage and solid-pile, palletized, bin-box, and shelf storage.

Important Note to the Student: This program covers many specific references to particular sections, paragraphs or figures in the 2007 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. To effectively follow along with the technical requirements being discussed by the speaker and understand the subtle differences between certain sections, each student should have a copy of that standard readily available before beginning this program.
In addition, some of the discussion in this program will highlight differences between the 2007 and 2010 editions of NFPA 13. Therefore, having a copy of the 2010 edition will be helpful, although not as imperative as the 2007 edition.
If you do not have a copy of the referenced standard(s), a downloadable pdf can be purchased from the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org/catalog/.


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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.