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Fire Alarm Division

Fire Alarm Officer

Sean Lafferty

slafferty@woonsocketri.org

401-765-2500 x6656

 

 

Fire Alarm Requirements

 

 

 

In the City Of Woonsocket, four to seven unit apartment houses shall not have Horn/Strobe units in the hallways, but we do require them in the kitchen of each apartment. The locations of fixed cooking appliances, boilers, and/or heating appliances are to be indicated on the fire alarm plans for review.

 

Listed below are the requirements under the Rhode Island Fire Laws and Rules (2005-2006 Edition) as well as NFPA 72 (2002 Edition) and NFPA 720.

 

 

INTERPRETATION

FILE NO.: 05-01part2

MUNICIPALITY: Statewide

REQUESTED BY: Fire Alarm Subcommittee

SUBJECT: Upgrade fire alarm provisions

APPROVED ON: 2005-01-25


(Add) 13.8.10.4 TYPES OF SYSTEMS
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1 Local Systems
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.1
A local system, for the purpose of this chapter is defined as consisting of a power limited fire alarm control unit listed by the UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES [hereinafter UL] or approved by FM GLOBAL [hereinafter FMG]. A minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of battery standby power is required for a local system. Class "B" wiring using an end of line resistor installed on terminal strips in the fire alarm control unit for both initiating and notification appliance circuits shall be used for all local systems. Class "A" wiring shall be required if the fire alarm control unit is so configured. All detectors, notification appliances and manual fire alarm boxes shall be mounted on approved junction boxes. Installation of this system shall be in compliance with NFPA 72 and §§ 13.8.10.5 (Equipment) and 13.8.10.6 (Installation and Wiring) of this chapter. The activation of any manual fire alarm box or the automatic activation of any detector or suppression system switch shall activate all notification appliances, de-energize all door holders, and initiate HVAC shut-down and elevator recall, if applicable.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.1.1
A weatherproof horn/strobe shall be installed on the exterior of each building at a location approved by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.2
A municipal connection is not required for this type of system, however a municipally connected fire alarm system meeting the requirements of § 13.8.10.4.2 may be installed at the option of the building owner.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.3
Manual fire alarms boxes marked "Local Alarm Not Connected To Fire Dept." shall be distributed throughout the protected building so that they are conspicuous, unobstructed and readily accessible. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located within 5 ft. (1.52 m.) of the exit doorway opening at each exit on each floor. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located within the occupied premises and are not to be located within stair enclosures.
EXCEPTION # 1: In residential occupancies without a common corridor(s) and where multiple dwelling units egress into a common stair enclosure, the manual fire alarm box may be located in the common area within the stair enclosure.
EXCEPTION # 2: In residential occupancies such as dormitories, hotels & motels or apartment buildings no more than two (2) stories in height where each guest room or dwelling unit has its own independent and direct exit to a public way, manual fire alarm boxes may be omitted.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.4
Automatic fixed temperature heat detectors with a rating of one hundred ninety degree (190°) to two hundred degree (200°) F. shall be installed in all kitchens, boiler rooms and accessible attics.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.4.1
EXCEPTION: Kitchens adjacent to any sleeping rooms separated by any wall shall be protected by a combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degrees (135°) to one hundred forty degrees (140°) F. fixed temperature heat detector in lieu of a fixed temperature heat detector.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.5
Combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degree (135°) to one hundred forty degree (140°) F. fixed temperature heat detectors shall be installed in all utility, mechanical, storage, and maintenance rooms, all integral or attached garages and all elevator hoist ways.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.5.1
Combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degree (135°) to one hundred forty degree (140°) F. fixed temperature heat detectors shall be installed in spaces of 24 in. (0.61 m.) or more above suspended ceilings and installed in accordance with NFPA 72 - Initiating Devices, and shall be on a separate zone from the area below the ceiling.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.6
Smoke detectors shall be installed in all common corridors, stairwells at each floor, all elevator machine rooms and all elevator landings.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.7
Additional detectors shall be required in areas proven essential to life safety by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.8
Audible and visible notification appliances shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72 - Notification Appliances for Fire Alarm Systems and §§ 13.8.10.5.3 & 13.8.10.5.3.1.
A local system, for the purpose of this chapter is defined as consisting of a power limited fire alarm control unit listed by the UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES [hereinafter UL] or approved by FM GLOBAL [hereinafter FMG]. A minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of battery standby power is required for a local system. Class "B" wiring using an end of line resistor installed on terminal strips in the fire alarm control unit for both initiating and notification appliance circuits shall be used for all local systems. Class "A" wiring shall be required if the fire alarm control unit is so configured. All detectors, notification appliances and manual fire alarm boxes shall be mounted on approved junction boxes. Installation of this system shall be in compliance with NFPA 72 and §§ 13.8.10.5 (Equipment) and 13.8.10.6 (Installation and Wiring) of this chapter. The activation of any manual fire alarm box or the automatic activation of any detector or suppression system switch shall activate all notification appliances, de-energize all door holders, and initiate HVAC shut-down and elevator recall, if applicable.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.1.1
A weatherproof horn/strobe shall be installed on the exterior of each building at a location approved by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.2
A municipal connection is not required for this type of system, however a municipally connected fire alarm system meeting the requirements of § 13.8.10.4.2 may be installed at the option of the building owner.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.1.3
Manual fire alarms boxes marked "Local Alarm Not Connected To Fire Dept." shall be distributed throughout the protected building so that they are conspicuous, unobstructed and readily accessible. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located within 5 ft. (1.52 m.) of the exit doorway opening at each exit on each floor. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located within the occupied premises and are not to be located within stair enclosures.
EXCEPTION # 1: In residential occupancies without a common corridor(s) and where multiple dwelling units egress into a common stair enclosure, the manual fire alarm box may be located in the common area within the stair enclosure.

(Add) 13.8.10.4.2 Municipally Connected Systems
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.1
Municipally connected systems shall comply with NFPA 72 and §§ 13.8.10.5 (Equipment), 13.8.10.6 (Installation and Wiring) and 13.8.10.7 (Connection to Fire Department) of this chapter. A municipally connected system for the purpose of this chapter is defined as a system consisting of a power limited fire alarm control unit listed by UL or approved by FMG, where the manual activation of any fire alarm box or the automatic activation of any heat detector, smoke detector, sprinkler flow switch, other extinguishing system switch or standpipe flow switch shall activate all notification appliances within the building, de-energize door holders causing all fire/smoke doors that are allowed to be held open in the entire building to close, notify the local fire department, shut down any applicable heating, ventilating and air conditioning [HVAC] systems and initiate elevator recall. Operating power failure, low battery voltage, an open or grounded wire in any of the initiating device circuits [IDC], signaling line circuits [SLC], notification appliance circuits [NAC], the circuit to the municipal master box or transmitter, or the leased line to the remote station shall activate audible and visual trouble signals on the system control unit and annunciator, that cannot be reset until the circuits are restored to normal. All circuits and components of a fire alarm system shall be monitored for integrity as required by NFPA 72 - Fundamentals of Fire Alarm Systems. The audible trouble signal may be silenced with the trouble signal-silencing switch but the lamp shall not be extinguished until the circuits are normal. Restoring the circuits to normal after the silencing switch has been operated shall cause the lamp to extinguish and the audible signal to resound until the silencing switch is restored to normal. In the event of a commercial power outage, the entire system shall immediately transfer to a standby battery source of power and be capable of supplying the entire system for sixty (60) hours. All initiating device circuits [IDC], signaling line circuits [SLC], and notification appliance circuits [NAC] shall be wired in a Class "A" fashion as defined in NFPA 72 - Protected Premises Fire Alarm Systems.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.2
Combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degree (135°) to one hundred forty degree (140°) F. fixed temperature heat detectors shall be located in all general storage rooms, all utility, electrical, and mechanical equipment rooms, all janitor closets, trash collection rooms, maintenance shops, locker rooms, classrooms, projection booths, above stage areas, below any accessible stage areas, all integral or attached garages and all elevator hoist ways.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.2.1

Combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degree (135°) to one hundred forty degree (140°) F. fixed temperature heat detectors shall be installed in spaces of 24 in. (0.61 m.) or more above suspended ceilings and installed in accordance with NFPA 72 - Initiating Devices, and shall be on a separate zone from the area below the ceiling.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.2.2
EXCEPTION: Rate anticipation detectors, line detectors, beam detectors or other type detectors listed for these applications may be installed in situations where physical, environmental or other conditions would render other detectors impractical.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.3
Automatic fixed temperature heat detectors with a rating of one hundred ninety degrees (190°) to two hundred degrees (200°) F. shall be installed in all boiler rooms, accessible attics, and kitchens or where permanent cooking or heating equipment is located.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.3.1
EXCEPTION: Kitchens adjacent to any sleeping rooms separated by any wall shall be protected by a combination rate of rise and one hundred thirty-five degrees (135°) to one hundred forty degrees (140°) F. fixed temperature heat detector in lieu of a fixed temperature heat detector.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.4
Smoke detectors shall be installed in all common corridors, in stairwells at each floor level, in all elevator machine rooms and all elevator landings.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.5
Manual fire alarms boxes shall be distributed throughout the protected building so that they are conspicuous, unobstructed and readily accessible. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located within 5 ft. (1.52 m.) of the exit doorway opening at each exit on each floor. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located within the occupied premises and are not to be located within stair enclosures. These boxes shall not be marked "local".
EXCEPTION # 1: In residential occupancies without a common corridor(s) and where multiple dwelling units egress into a common stair enclosure, the manual fire alarm box may be located in the common area within the stair enclosure.
EXCEPTION # 2: In residential occupancies such as dormitories, hotels & motels or apartment buildings no more than two (2) stories in height where each guest room or dwelling unit has its own independent and direct exit to a public way, manual fire alarm boxes may be omitted.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.5.1
Additional boxes shall be provided on each floor or in each fire area to obtain a maximum horizontal travel distance of 200 ft. (60.96 m.) measured horizontally on the same floor to the nearest box unless otherwise specified in occupancy sections of this code. [72:5.12.8]
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.5.2
Manual fire alarm boxes shall be mounted on both sides of grouped openings over 40 ft. (12.19 m.) in width, and within 5 ft. (1.52 m.) of each side of the opening. [72:5.12.7]
(Add) 13.8.10.4.2.6
Additional detectors shall be required in areas proven essential to life safety by the AHJ, and shall be in compliance with §§ 13.8.10.5 and 13.8.10.6.

(Add) 13.8.10.4.3 High Rise Systems
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.1
A high-rise building is defined as a building greater than 75 ft. (23 m.) in height measured from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access to the floor of the highest occupiable story. An occupiable story is a story occupied by people on a regular basis. Stories used exclusively for mechanical equipment rooms, elevator penthouses and similar spaces are not occupiable stories. [1:3.3.22.4 / 101:3.3]
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.2
A high rise system for the purpose of this chapter is defined as a municipally connected fire alarm system consisting of a power limited fire alarm control unit listed by UL and/or approved by FMG, with voice communication and a two-way fire department communication system. All circuits for a high-rise fire alarm system shall be installed in a Class "A" fashion as described in NFPA 72. Fire Alarm/Voice Communication Systems shall be provided in all high rise buildings regardless of the occupancy and shall operate as follows:
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3
The operation of any manual fire alarm box or the automatic activation of any heat detector, smoke detector, sprinkler flow switch, standpipe flow switch or other extinguishing system switch shall:
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3.1
Automatically sound a distinctive audible signal and activate the visible notification appliances on the floor where the alarm originated, one floor above and one floor below the floor where the alarm originated; See 1:.13.8.8.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3.2
Automatically notify the local fire department;
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3.3
Visually indicate the location of the origin of the alarm at the fire command center within the building;
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3.4
Interlock with the heating, ventilating and air conditioning [HVAC] control systems to provide for automatic fan shutdown as required in § 13.8.10.5.10;
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3.5
Interlock with all stairwell pressurization, smoke exhaust and smoke control systems to control HVAC operations as required in § 13.8.10.5.10. Stairwell pressurization, smoke exhaust and smoke control systems shall not be activated by the activation of manual fire alarm boxes;
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3.6
Interlock with elevators to provide Phase I elevator recall and Phase II firefighters service in accordance with § 13.8.10.5.14 and 72:6.15.3; and,
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.3.7
De-energize door holders causing all fire/smoke doors which are allowed to be held open in the entire building to close.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.4
All high-rise fire alarm and voice communication system equipment shall comply with all applicable UL and FMG Standards. All Fire Alarm/Voice Communication Systems shall also be provided with standby amplifiers equal to the amount of amplification required for the complete system operation. A fire command center shall be provided at the main level of access to the building at a location approved by the AHJ. This fire command center shall include, but is not limited to, fire alarm and fire detection system control unit; voice communication system control units; emergency firefighter's telephone systems; status indicators and controls for air handling systems; status indicators and controls for elevators; and other systems as may be required. Means shall be provided at the fire command center to selectively manually operate the audible notification appliances on any floor. A microphone and suitable switches shall be provided at the fire command center to selectively transmit voice communications to all public areas on every floor or fire area or groups of floors or fire areas. Voice communications shall override the alarm signal. Means shall be provided at the fire command center to operate any exit or stairway door unlocking system. Two-way telephonic communication system shall be provided between the fire command center, every stairway floor landing, and each elevator lobby on every floor. In addition, a two-way fire emergency telephone shall be provided in every elevator car. Firefighters' two-way telephone system shall be individually zoned and supervised by floors and shall be selectable individually by floor or up to five (5) telephones in a group at the command center. This system shall be wired in a separate metallic raceway system from the fire alarm system wiring and shall meet the survivability requirements for fire alarm voice/communication circuits as required by NFPA 72. An individual telephone instrument shall be permanently installed at each telephone location and mounted in a lockable, red enclosure. Individual telephone annunciation shall be by telephone cradle switch. Speaker and telephone circuits shall also be supervised for short circuits. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be located at every stairwell on every floor and as indicated in § 13.8.10.4.2.5. Combination rate of rise and fixed temperature heat detectors rated at one hundred thirty-five degrees (135°) to one hundred forty degrees (140°) F. shall be located in accordance with § 13.8.10.4.2.2. Automatic one hundred ninety degrees (190°) to two hundred degrees (200°) F. fixed temperature heat detectors shall be installed in accordance with § 13.8.10.4.2.3. Smoke detectors shall be installed as required in all common corridors, all elevator machine rooms, all elevator landings, and on the first floor, every third floor thereafter and at the top of every stairwell. Stairwell smoke detector activation shall not cause an evacuation signal to be sounded however automatic notification of the fire department shall occur. Where there is a constantly attended location within the building, an alarm signal shall be transmitted to this location whenever a stairwell smoke detector is activated. Speakers shall be provided so as to be effectively heard above all other sounds by all occupants in every occupied space on each floor or fire area. Audibility levels and voice intelligibility levels shall be as required by NFPA 72. All circuitry to all manual fire alarm boxes, automatic heat detectors, and smoke detectors, sprinkler or standpipe flow switches, all fire communication speakers, and firefighter's and emergency telephones shall be supervised. An open or ground in any of this circuitry or a failure of any essential part of the amplifier shall activate audible and visual trouble signals at the fire command center. Standby power shall be provided as prescribed in § 13.8.10.4.2.1.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.3.5
EXCEPTION: A radio repeater system compatible with the local fire department's equipment may be installed instead of a two-way telephonic communication system with the written approval of the AHJ. Any equipment installed pursuant to this section shall have its operating and/or annunciation controls located at the fire command center. Standby power shall be provided for this system capable of maintaining complete operation for sixty (60) hours.
(Add) 13.8.10.4.4 Multiplex Systems, Addressable, and Addressable-Analog Systems
(Add) 13.8.10.4.4.1
Active polling multiplex systems, addressable and addressable analog systems shall be permitted. Microprocessor, software or wiring failures shall indicate a trouble condition specific to the failure. Multiplexing of analog and digital signals shall be provided between the Central Processing Unit [CPU] and circuit interfaces. Transponders, Data Gathering Panels, Nodes, etc. shall communicate with the Central Processing Unit [CPU] via a Class "A", Style 7 Signaling Line Circuits [SLC] meeting the requirements for survivability as described in NFPA 72. The Signaling Line Circuit for all other devices shall be wired Class "A" [Style 6, NFPA 72]. Signaling Line Circuits shall be protected from wire to wire short circuit faults by the use of fault isolation modules. Fault isolation modules shall be installed on all SLCs to prevent a wire-to-wire short circuit fault from disabling more than twenty-five (> 25) devices on the circuit. In no case shall the length of and area disabled by a wire-to-wire short circuit fault exceed 200 ft. (60.96 m.) in any one direction. When a common SLC serves more than one floor of a building, fault isolation modules shall be installed to prevent a wire-to-wire short circuit fault on one floor from disabling the SLC on any other floor. All wiring shall be as required by the manufacturer following the color code requirements of § 13.8.10.6, and, a minimum of #16 gauge wire. All remote data gathering panels, remote fire alarm control units and devices shall derive their power from the CPU or from self-contained power supplies; the power supply shall be subject to the same primary and secondary power requirements as the main fire alarm control unit. The CPU, remote interface panels, modules, and the system devices shall be UL listed or FMG approved and cross-listed for compatibility as a system by the fire alarm control unit manufacturer. Devices using self-contained addressable modules (i.e. smoke detectors, manual fire alarm boxes, etc.) shall be UL listed or FMG approved for the desired application and shall meet all requirements of this code for such devices. Removal of any such device shall cause a trouble signal specific to the affected device and shall not affect the operation of other devices on the circuit. Devices monitored or controlled by an addressable module separate from the device shall have the location of the addressable module plainly displayed at the CPU. All addressable or addressable-analog fire alarm control units shall be programmed such that when an alarm is silenced or acknowledged, the municipal connection shall be restorable.
Add) 13.8.10.4.4.2
The time delay between the activation of any initiating device and the automatic activation of local safety devices, alarm notification appliances and/or emergency voice communications and annunciation shall not exceed ten (10) seconds. [72:6.8.1.1]

(Add) 13.8.10.5 EQUIPMENT
(Add) 13.8.10.5.1
All components of the fire alarm system including, but not limited to, the control equipment, the battery(s) and charger, the annunciator, the manual fire alarm boxes, the automatic heat detectors, the smoke detectors, the sprinkler flow switches, the extinguishing system switches, the door holders, and the alarm notification appliances shall be listed by UL or approved by FMG.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.2
Manual fire alarm boxes shall be approved for the particular application and shall be used only for alarm signaling or emergency evacuation purposes, shall be double action, color red, key locked and shall be keyed the same as the fire alarm control unit door lock. The height of the manual fire alarm boxes shall be 48 in. (1.22 m.) measured vertically, from the finished floor level to the activating handle or lever of the fire alarm box.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.2.1
EXCEPTION: Key-operated manual fire alarm boxes, lockable enclosures, break-glass enclosures or other tamper-resistant devices may be installed in place of or in addition to standard manual fire alarm boxes in areas deemed prone to false alarms, subject to the written approval of the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.3
Alarm notification appliances shall be horns, strobes or combination horn/strobes. The horn and strobe distribution and installation shall be in accordance with NFPA 72 - Notification Appliances for Fire Alarm Systems. This strobe shall be distinctively marked "FIRE". Notification appliances shall be used for no other purpose and shall be of such character and so located as to be effectively heard above all other sounds by all occupants in every occupied space in the building. Where specified in occupancy sections of this code, bells or chimes may, with the approval of the AHJ, be used in lieu of horns providing that they are distinct from any other signal in the building. Approved speaker systems used for evacuation shall be at the same audio level for both speech information and alarm evacuation. Both speech information and alarm evacuation audible levels must be high enough to be heard above ambient room noises throughout the building. In sleeping rooms alarm sounding levels must be at least fifteen (15) dBA above average ambient room noise levels or seventy-five (75) dBA, whichever is greater, measured at the pillow level. Mini horns (or speakers, if applicable) shall be installed in all sleeping rooms, excluding healthcare occupancies and detention and correction occupancies.
EXCEPTION: Mini horns shall not be required in existing buildings if the sound levels required by 72:7.4.4.1 are met by other system audible notification appliances. Certification of sound levels shall be provided by a licensed professional engineer to the AHJ upon request.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.3.1
All audible notification appliances installed after February 20, 2004 and used for building evacuation shall be of the distinctive three-pulse temporal fire alarm evacuation signal.
EXCEPTION: This evacuation signal shall not be used where, with the approval of the AHJ, the planned action during a fire emergency is not evacuation, but rather is the relocation of occupants or their protection in place as directed by the building fire protection plan or as directed by the fire fighting personnel. [72:4.4.3.6 & 6.8.6.4.1]
(Add) 13.8.10.5.3.2
Wall-mounted visible notification appliances shall be mounted such that the entire strobe lens is not less than 80 in. (2.03 m.) and not greater than 96 in. (2.44 m.) above the finished floor. Ceiling-mounted appliances shall be permitted provided that they are listed for that application.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.3.3
The light source color shall be clear or nominal white and shall not exceed one thousand (1,000) cd (effective intensity).
(Add) 13.8.10.5.4
Heat detector and smoke detector spacing shall not exceed the linear maximum indicated for that particular device by an UL or FMG approved testing laboratory except as allowed by NFPA 72. In locations where heat detectors and/or smoke detectors are required, the type and/or temperature rating of the heat detector or smoke detector may be modified by the AHJ if, in the authority's judgment, the type or temperature setting of the unit is unsuitable due to environmental or structural conditions unique to that location.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.4.1
Where subject to mechanical damage, an initiating device shall be protected. A mechanical guard used to protect a smoke or heat detector shall be listed for use with the detector.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.4.2
Unless tested and listed for recessed mounting, detectors shall not be recessed into the mounting surface.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.4.3
Areas in buildings protected by an approved system of automatic sprinklers (NFPA 13 or 13R systems only), which is interconnected to the fire alarm system, shall be exempt from the requirements for heat detectors. This exemption shall not apply to the requirements for smoke detectors.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.4.3.1
Whenever automatic sprinklers are installed above suspended ceiling assemblies as a replacement for heat detectors required by §§ 13.8.10.4.1.5.1 or 13.8.10.4.2.2.1, the requirement for separate zoning shall not be required.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.4.4
Whenever total (complete) coverage as described in 72:5.5.2.1 is required by this Code or any other code, protection above suspended ceiling assemblies shall be in accordance with §§ 13.8.10.4.1.5.1, 13.8.10.4.2.2.1 or 13.8.10.5.4.3.1.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.5
Water flow switches shall be provided on all sprinkler systems and standpipes installed in all buildings required by this Code to have a fire alarm system. The flow switch shall activate the fire alarm system within ninety (90) seconds if any one sprinkler head activates or any standpipe is opened in accordance with 72:5.10.2. All flow switches shall have a retard feature to prevent false alarms due to a water surge. A flow switch shall be installed in the main riser so that any flow of water in the system will activate this device. This flow switch shall be on a separate zone and will be designated "sprinkler water flow” or "sprinkler/standpipe water flow". Flow alarm switches on sprinkler systems and wet standpipe systems shall be installed so that they cannot be disconnected from the fire alarm system by the operation of a shutoff valve. Sprinklers systems shall be zoned hydraulically as per fire alarm zones with an additional flow switch connected to each fire alarm zone. An inspector's test valve shall be installed at the end of each sprinkler zone, at the furthest point away from the riser. Any alarm originating from a sprinkler head or a Class II or Class III standpipe connection shall provide two (2) separate indications on the system annunciator, one to indicate "sprinkler/standpipe" and one to indicate the activated zone. All Class II or Class III standpipe connections on each floor shall be wired with flow switches. The flow switches shall alarm the zone where the standpipe connection is located.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.5.1
EXCEPTION: Multiplex, addressable and addressable-analog fire alarm systems shall indicate the zone using the square footage of each floor protected by the automatic sprinkler zone as allowed in NFPA 13 - 2002 edition.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.5.2
Whenever any automatic sprinkler water flow alarm is required by this Code or any other code to notify the fire department, the requirements of § 13.8.10.7 shall apply
(Add) 13.8.10.5.6
Valves on connections to water supplies, sectional control and isolation valves, and other valves in supply pipes to sprinklers and other fixed water-based fire suppression systems shall be supervised by tamper switches. The tamper switch shall activate the fire alarm system sprinkler supervisory signal any time the valve is in an "off-normal" condition and the water supply is shut off or interrupted in accordance with NFPA 13 and 72:6.8.5.7. An alarm condition shall not occur unless specifically requested and authorized by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.7
An alarm-initiating switch shall be provided on all required manual or automatic extinguishing systems, in addition to sprinkler systems, in buildings required by this code to have a fire alarm system. This switch shall activate the building's fire alarm system any time the extinguishing system is activated and shall be on a separate zone.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.8
A building having a required fire alarm system, which is more than 20,000 ft2 (1,858.06 m2) in total area or which extends to more than one floor, shall have a fire alarm annunciator to visually indicate the location of an alarm within the building located inside the main entrance of the building or in a location as approved by the AHJ. Each floor shall be separately zoned. If a floor area exceeds 20,000 ft2 (1,858.06 m2), additional zoning shall be provided. In no case shall the length of any zone exceed 200 ft. (60.96 m.) in any direction. Fire alarm annunciator visible indicators cannot be extinguished until the system is reset. Other identifying devices such as a computer printout are acceptable in lieu of an annunciator, subject to approval of the AHJ. A directory or zone map as required by the AHJ shall be provided for every zoned fire alarm system. Fire alarm annunciator location shall meet the requirements of the AHJ. If the fire alarm annunciator is a remote fire alarm control unit, it shall be key-locked and contain all system functions including a trouble light and audible trouble signal with silence switch, system reset, and system silence with resound and cover all required zones. Annunciation of alarm and trouble indications will be accomplished with the use of separate zone wiring and not with the use of multiple contact initiating devices. The fire alarm annunciation shall be by floors or locations and not by a zone number only. In the event that a building has a fire pump(s) or emergency generator(s), provisions shall be made at the fire alarm control unit and/or fire alarm annunciator for visible/audible indication of generator or fire pump operation. Activation of a fire pump or generator shall not cause an alarm condition or notify the fire department. Power-off switches for any required generator or fire pump shall be monitored at the fire alarm control unit, fire alarm annunciator and at a constantly attended location within the building, if so provided.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.8.1
In complexes consisting of multiple building clusters, a common municipal fire department connection may, at the discretion of the AHJ, be used providing a system-powered one million (1,000,000) candle power strobe light shall be installed on each building so as to be visible at the master box or a central location.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.9
All required fire alarm systems shall be connected to an approved power source in the building and in addition shall have automatically charged storage type battery standby power (dry cell shall not be used) of sufficient capacity to operate the entire system as required by § 13.8.10.4 for the type of system after the principal source of power has failed. The fire alarm system must be able to function and sound the notification appliances for at least five (5) minutes following the required standby period.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.9.1
Systems utilizing an emergency generator as a source of standby power shall not be exempt from the above requirements for battery standby power.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.10
In all buildings having a fire alarm system, the fire alarm system shall be interconnected to the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning [HVAC] line voltage controls so that the fan(s) supplying 2,000 ft3/min. [cfm] (56.63 m3/min.) or greater capacity of any ventilating system not used for pressurization of a fire safe area or four or more (4) ceiling mounted industrial air circulation fans installed in one room shall automatically shut down any time, other than drills or when testing, that any initiating device connected to the fire alarm system is activated. If duct-type smoke detectors are installed in HVAC systems, the duct-type smoke detectors shall be connected to the fire alarm control unit to signal an audible and visual supervisory signal at the fire alarm control unit and annunciator. An alarm condition shall not occur unless specifically requested and authorized by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.10.1
EXCEPTION: Where total coverage smoke detection is installed in all areas of the smoke compartment served by the return air system, installation of air duct detectors in the return air system shall not be required, provided their function is accomplished by the design of the area detection system.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.10.2
Where installation of automatic smoke area detection is impractical due to ambient conditions, automatic heat detection shall be permitted. In areas covered by automatic sprinkler systems, automatic heat detection shall not be required.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.10.3
EXCEPTION: See § 13.8.10.4.3.3.5.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.10.4
A manual override for the HVAC, stairwell pressurization, smoke venting and smoke control systems control feature shall be provided in the fire alarm control unit for drills and testing of the fire alarm system.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.11
All required smoke and fire doors in all buildings required by this code to have a fire alarm system may be held open only if equipped with magnetic or electro-mechanical door holders installed so as to automatically close the doors anytime the alarm system within the building is activated. System smoke detectors connected to the alarm system within the building shall be installed proximate to every smoke and fire door that is held open, in accordance with 72:5.14.6.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.12
All buildings that have a fire alarm system required by this Code that require fire drills to be held shall have a key operated drill switch to activate the notification appliances in the building, installed at a remote location outside of the fire alarm control unit, subject to the approval of the AHJ. The drill switch key shall not be the same as the fire alarm control unit key.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.13
All spaces where fire alarm control units or remote fire alarm control unit equipment (such as auxiliary power supplies, remote annunciators or SNAC units) are located shall be protected with a smoke detector(s) spaced in accordance with NFPA 72 - Initiating Devices.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.14
All new elevators and all existing fully automatic elevators shall be equipped with Phase I elevator recall and Phase II firefighter's service in accordance with 72:6.15.3. Elevators shall be recalled to floors or areas as designated by the AHJ on any alarm. In the event that the primary designated level is the zone or area in alarm, the elevators shall return to an approved alternate level where they shall be under the exclusive control of the fire department for the duration of the alarm condition.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.14.1
These requirements shall not apply to elevators located in private one- and two-family dwellings or three-family apartment buildings.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.15
In all building covered by this chapter having an elevator(s), required sprinkler coverage by this or any other code of any elevator machine room and any elevator hoist way shall not be deleted unless approved by the State Fire Marshal. Any deleted sprinklers shall be replaced with combination rate of rise and fixed temperature heat detectors rated at one hundred thirty-five degrees (135°) to one hundred forty degrees (140°) F. in the hoist way and smoke detectors in the machine room, installed at the direction and to the satisfaction of the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.5.16
All fire alarm control units installed pursuant to §§ 13.8.10.4.2, 13.8.10.4.3 or 13.10.4.4 shall be configured or programmed such that when an alarm is silenced or acknowledged, the municipal connection shall be restorable. This feature shall not require any password, code or other programming operations by fire department personnel in charge of the scene to operate, reset or disconnect the fire alarm system.

(Add) 13.8.10.6 INSTALLATION AND WIRING
(Add) 13.8.10.6.1
All fire alarm system wiring within a building and between buildings in multiple building clusters shall be installed in metal raceway with steel couplings and box connectors or type MC cable rated as FPL and 2-hour fire rated for penetrations by UL. Cast "LB" or "T" type connectors shall be permitted. An equipment-bonding conductor shall be provided in all flexible metallic raceways.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.1.1
EXCEPTION: Wiring between buildings may be buried if enclosed in PVC conduit using approved IMSA shielded cables, or installed either using approved direct burial type MC cable, or run aerial with approved IMSA shielded cable(s) subject to approval by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.2
Wiring installation shall meet the following requirements:
(Add) 13.8.10.6.2.1
All conductors shall be minimum #16 gauge solid copper, type thhn, thwn or tfn. All wiring shall be run continuously from device to device. With the approval of the AHJ, junction points may be made due to construction hardships where a continuous run would be impractical or when one of the exceptions to 72:6.4.2.2.2 applies, provided the requirements of § 13.8.10.6.5.1 are met.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.2.2
The minimum separation between the outgoing and return circuits shall be a minimum of 1 ft. (0.30 m.) vertically and 4 ft. (1.22 m.) horizontally in accordance with the provisions of 72:6.4.2.2.2.
Exception: This requirement shall not apply to underground installations or those installations imbedded in slab construction.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.2.3
A cable-cutting tool with controlled depth of cut shall be used in all MC cable installations.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.2.4
UL listed type MC cable connectors with insulated bushings and screw type cable attachments shall be used in all MC cable installations. Connectors shall be made of steel, not the cast type.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.2.5
Conductor size shall be increased as required so as to limit voltage drop to a maximum of three percent (3%).
(Add) 13.8.10.6.2.6
All initiating devices and notification appliances shall be supported independently of their attachment to the circuit conductors.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3
The color code for all fire alarm system conductors shall be as follows:
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.1
INITIATING DEVICE CIRCUIT shall be red and black. Red shall be positive and black shall be negative [IDC/SLC].
Add) 13.8.10.6.3.2
NOTIFICATION APPLIANCE CIRCUIT shall be blue and white. Blue shall be positive and white shall be negative. When bells, chimes or other audible/visual devices are used in lieu of horns, this color code shall be followed [NAC].
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.3
FLASHING STROBE CIRCUIT, if a separate feed is required, shall be blue and white. Blue shall be positive and white shall be negative.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.4
SPRINKLER/STANDPIPE CIRCUITS shall be red and black. Red shall be positive and black shall be negative.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.5
SMOKE DETECTOR CIRCUITS, if a separate power feed is required, shall be brown and violet. Violet shall be positive and brown shall be negative.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.6
AUXILIARY REMOTE POWER SUPPLY CIRCUITS shall be brown and violet. Violet shall be positive and brown shall be negative.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.7
ELECTRO-MAGNETIC DOOR HOLDBACK CIRCUITS shall be gray and gray.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.8
MUNICIPAL MASTER BOX TRIPPING CIRCUITS shall be orange and orange. Conductors for this circuit shall be installed in a separate raceway.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.9
ELEVATOR CAPTURE CIRCUITS shall be brown and yellow.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.10
HVAC SHUTDOWN CIRCUITS and AUDIO/VISUAL SYSTEMS SHUTDOWN CIRCUITS shall be orange and yellow.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.11
REMOTE ANNUNCIATOR CIRCUITS shall be violet and numbered at each end.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.12
BOND WIRES from the control panel to the master box ground rod, and all required bonding conductors shall be green or bare.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.13
MUNICIPAL FIRE ALARM LOOP from the master box to the municipal loop shall be black and white.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.3.14
AC SUPPLY CIRCUIT to the main fire alarm control unit shall be white, black and red. The black shall be one phase, and the red shall be the opposite phase, if required. The white shall be the neutral. If a separate feed is required for the battery charger, it shall be black and white unless the main fire alarm control unit requires only one AC feed. In that case, the conductors to the battery charger shall be red and white.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.4
Primary AC power and/or battery charger circuits shall be on a dedicated branch circuit(s). Circuit breaker locks shall be provided and listed for use with the applicable circuit breaker. The location of the circuit disconnecting means shall be permanently identified at the fire alarm control unit. AC and DC portions of the system shall be installed in separate raceways. [72:4.4.1]
(Add) 13.8.10.6.5
Any fire alarm wiring between the fire alarm control unit and remote terminal cabinets or between remote terminal cabinets may, at the option of the installer, be a multi-conductor cable with each conductor numbered at 2 in. (0.05 m.) intervals. All wiring from a terminal cabinet(s) to an alarm device(s) shall conform to the color code specified before herein.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.5.1
Terminal cabinets with hinged, lockable red covers shall be provided at all junction points. All conductor splices or terminations shall be made on screw-type terminal blocks - wire nuts, butt or crimp type connectors shall not be used. All terminals within a terminal cabinet shall be properly identified.
EXCEPTION: Crimp-type connectors may be used on bonding conductors.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.6
Spacing and location of heat detectors or smoke detectors required by this Code shall be in accordance with NFPA 72.
(Add) 13.8.10.6.7
Smoke detectors shall not be installed until after the construction clean up of all trades is complete and final. Detectors that have been installed prior to final cleanup by all trades shall be cleaned or replaced per NFPA 72 - Inspection, Testing and Maintenance. [72:5.7.1.11]

(Add) 13.8.10.7 CONNECTION TO FIRE DEPARTMENT
(Add) 13.8.10.7.1
Where a municipally connected fire alarm system required by this Code is installed in a building in a city, town, or fire district having a municipal alarm system, the fire alarm system within the building shall be connected into the municipal system via a local energy master box, auxiliary transmitter, radio master box, or other approved method so that any fire alarm within the building will be automatically transmitted to the community's public fire service communications center.
(Add) 13.8.10.7.2
In jurisdictions capable of receiving multiple-zone signaling by way of radio master boxes, digital receivers or other approved methods, signaling shall be provided as required by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.7.2.1
EXCEPTION: Existing compliant fire alarm control units not capable of providing multiple zone signaling shall not be required to meet this requirement.
(Add) 13.8.10.7.2.2
In no case shall more than one (1) master box or transmitter be required unless the total area protected exceeds 100,000 ft2 (9,290.3 m2).
(Add) 13.8.10.7.3
Systems installed in buildings in a city, town, or fire district not having a municipal alarm system shall be connected to the community public fire service communications center via a supervised leased telephone line (or other line) but shall not be connected to any service requiring retransmission to the community public fire service communications center.
(Add) 13.8.10.7.4
In either event, the AHJ shall be consulted as to the type and location of the master box or auxiliary transmitter or the location of the remote station.

(Add) 13.8.10.8 SYSTEM ACCEPTANCE
(Add) 13.8.10.8.1
A pretest will be held with the installer and the manufacturer's technical representative present. In addition to the requirements listed below, the pretest shall demonstrate that each smoke detector is operative and produces the intended response. Each smoke detector shall be tested with smoke generated from a wick/punk source or in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations to initiate an alarm at its installed location. After certification of a complete pretest, the installing contractor shall provide the AHJ with written documentation from the manufacturer's authorized representative of the outcome of the test and provide a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours' notice to the AHJ for the final inspection test. The installing contractor will re-inspect in the presence of the AHJ and the manufacturer's authorized technical representative. A complete test shall be conducted as follows: the installing contractor, in the presence of a representative of the AHJ, shall manually operate every manual fire alarm box, activate every rate of rise type heat detector and rate anticipation heat detector with heat, manually operate or electrically short out every non-restorable fixed temperature heat detector, activate every smoke detector with smoke generated from a wick/punk source or in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations to demonstrate that smoke can enter the chamber and initiate an alarm, activate all automatic extinguishing system switches and activate every water sprinkler/standpipe flow switch by a flow of water through the inspectors' test valves. In addition, all protected sprinkler/standpipe valves shall be mechanically operated to verify the supervisory features of the tamper switches. All notification appliances shall be verified as operation at the time of this test.
(Add) 13.8.10.8.2
After installation and before the system acceptance test is performed, a copy of the testing and maintenance contract required by § 13.8.10.9.2 shall be furnished to the AHJ by the fire alarm system owner or contractor. The contractor shall prepare and submit a single line diagram of each installation, as built, indicating wiring between equipment and locations of control units, manual fire alarm boxes, detectors, and other devices to the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.8.3
Each manual fire alarm box, heat detector, smoke detector, extinguishing system switching circuits, flow switch circuit and each notification appliance circuit shall be opened in at least two locations to test for the correctness of the supervisory circuitry. All communications shall be tested completely. The fire alarm system shall be in accordance with this chapter and in one hundred percent (100%) operation prior to acceptance and/or issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
(Add) 13.8.10.8.4
The fire alarm system may be placed in operation prior to final acceptance if in the opinion of the AHJ; it will enhance public safety or provide property protection during the final phases of construction. In this case all devices will be thoroughly cleaned or replaced prior to the system acceptance test. The system will not be placed in operation without the written permission of the AHJ. Under no circumstances will this be considered a final acceptance test.
(Add) 13.8.10.8.5
Prior to the final operational acceptance test, a Fire Alarm System Record of Completion in accordance with 72:4.5.2.1 shall be prepared and submitted to the fire alarm system owner and the AHJ.

(Add) 13.8.10.9 MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM
(Add) 13.8.10.9.1
Owners of fire alarm systems shall ensure that the systems and all of their components are in one hundred percent (100%) operating condition at all times other than fire drills, testing & maintenance of the system.
EXCEPTION: With the written approval of, and subject to any additional safeguards mandated by the AHJ, fire alarms systems, or portions thereof may be temporarily disabled for events or other occasions where environmental, mechanical or human factors would lead to unnecessary nuisance, accidental or intentional false alarms.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.1.1
The fire alarm system owner shall provide a twenty-four (24) hour emergency telephone number of the owner or owner's representative for the fire department to call in the event of an alarm or trouble condition. This telephone number shall be conspicuously posted at the fire alarm control unit. In lieu of the owner's number, the twenty-four (24) hour emergency telephone number of the maintenance company authorized by the owner to respond to service the system may be provided.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.1.2
Answering machines or voice-mail are not acceptable methods for contacting the owner or authorized testing and maintenance company.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.2
Owners of fire alarm systems shall provide written evidence to the AHJ that there is a testing and maintenance program in force for the fire alarm system providing for periodic testing of the system. A local system as described in § 13.8.10.4.1 with twenty-four or fewer (24) initiating devices shall be tested at least once every six (6) months with fifty percent (50%) of all manual fire alarm boxes, heat detectors, smoke detectors and other devices and components operated with each test. A different fifty percent (50%) of the above-mentioned devices will be operated at each inspection so that the entire system will have been tested at the end of each year. All other systems shall be tested at least once every three (3) months with twenty-five percent (25%) of all manual fire alarm boxes, heat detectors, smoke detectors and other devices and components operated with each test. A different twenty-five percent (25%) of the above-mentioned devices will be operated at each inspection so that the entire system will have been tested at the end of each year. In addition to the initiating devices to be tested above, during each test, the fire alarm control unit, all notification appliance circuits and every zone shall be tested.
Add) 13.8.10.9.2.1
In addition to the testing and maintenance requirements set forth above, an annual certification shall be provided to the AHJ that all system smoke detectors located within the protected premises have been externally cleaned at least once every twelve (12) month period. In residential occupancies having single- or multiple-station local smoke alarms, these devices shall be tested and cleaned at least once per year.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.2.2
EXCEPTION: A local system as described in § 13.8.10.4.1 with twenty-four or fewer (24) initiating devices may be tested quarterly, as described in § 13.8.10.9.2, at the option of the fire alarm system owner.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.3
The person(s) and firm performing any testing and/or maintenance required by this Code shall be licensed as required by R.I.G.L., 1956, as amended, § 5-6-2.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.3.1
This licensing requirement shall not apply to fire department personnel in charge of the scene to operate, reset or disconnect the fire alarm system as authorized by the AHJ.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.3.2
Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to prevent any licensed person or firm from flowing water in a standpipe/automatic sprinkler system at the inspectors' test valve during periodic testing, however an electrical "B" or "BF" license is required for any access to any wiring, device or the fire alarm control unit.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.4
The AHJ shall be notified a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours prior to conducting any tests.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.5
Certification of these tests and results shall be forwarded to the AHJ and the fire alarm system owner from the person(s) or firm performing the test within ten (10) days of the completion of the test. The person(s) or firm performing the testing and maintenance of the fire alarm system shall notify the AHJ within five (5) days, in writing, after any cancellation of a testing/maintenance agreement with the fire alarm system owner.
Add) 13.8.10.9.5.1
Certification of any periodic testing required by the Code shall be on a standardized inspection form approved by the State Fire Marshal and adopted by the Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review. This form shall be utilized by all persons and firms performing fire alarm testing and inspections pursuant to this Code and shall bear the name and license number of the licensed person performing the test.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.5.2
In addition, the person(s) or firm performing the test shall conspicuously indicate that the fire alarm system providing protection at the protected premises was in 100% operating condition upon completion of the most recent test and that the testing complied with all requirements of § 13.8.10.9. A document attesting to this certification shall be located on or within 36 in. (0.91 m.) of the fire alarm control unit [FACU] or remote annunciator if the FACU is not in a public area, following each required test. If the FACU is not in a public area and the remote annunciator is located on the outside of the building, the AHJ shall be consulted as to the location of the posting of the certification.
(Add) 13.8.10.9.5.3
If any impairment(s) is discovered during a routine test or inspection and it cannot be corrected within four (4) hours, the AHJ shall be notified, who may invoke the provisions of § 13.1.9 if he or she deems the impairment(s) to jeopardize the safety of the building occupants.
See also 72:4.6 and 72:10.2.1.2.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
13.8.9.5.4.4

In addition, every apartment building shall be provided with either hardwired or wireless carbon monoxide detectors installed in accordance with NFPA 720.



11.5.3 New Apartment Buildings.

11.5.3.1 Detection. Where required by applicable laws, codes, or standards for the specified occupancy, approved single-and multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed as follows:

(1)In all sleeping rooms

(2)Outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms

(3)On each level of the dwelling unit, including basements



11.5.3.2 Notification

(A) Fire-warning equipment for a dwelling unit shall provide a sound that is audible in all occupiable areas within that dwelling unit.

(B) Where more than one smoke or heat alarm is installed for new construction, they shall be arranged so that the operation of any smoke or heat alarm causes the alarm in all smoke and heat alarms within the dwelling unit to sound.

(C) *The alarm shall sound only within the dwelling unit and shall not actuate the building fire alarm system, unless otherwise permitted by the AHJ. Remote annunciation shall be permitted.



11.5.4 Existing Apartment Buildings

11.5.4.1 Detection. Where required by applicable laws, codes, or standards for the specified occupancy, approved single-and multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed as follows:

(1)Outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms. Exception: If the sleeping area is adjacent to the area where a fixed cooking appliance is installed then the smoke detector is to be installed in the sleeping room or rooms.

(2)On each level of the dwelling unit, including basements



11.5.4.2 Notification. The alarm shall sound only within the dwelling unit and shall not actuate the building fire alarm system, unless otherwise permitted by the AHJ. Remote annunciation shall be permitted.



5.1.1* Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Detectors.

5.1.1.1* A carbon monoxide alarm or detector shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.

5.1.1.2 Each alarm or detector shall be located on the wall, ceiling, or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.

5.1.2 Alarm Notification Appliances.

5.1.2.1 General. Each alarm or detector shall cause the operation of an alarm notification appliance that shall meet the performance requirements of 7.4.2 and 7.4.4 of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code.



Add) 24.2 Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms-New and converted buildings.

(Add) 24.2.1

All buildings hereinafter constructed or converted for residential occupancy, including mobile and modular homes, shall be provided with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, installed in accordance with NFPA 72, and NFPA 720, 2003 edition, at the direction and to the satisfaction of the AHJ.

(Add) 24.2.1.1

The above smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be installed as either separate or combination units approved by the AHJ.

(Add) 24.2.1.2

The above smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be either hardwired or wireless units approved by the AHJ