NFPA Journal - May/June 2013 - (Page 77)

Routine Maintenance Key changes to the 2014 edition of NFPA 25. RElAtEd coNfERENcE sEssIoNs Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion: An Overview Monday, June 10, 8–9 a.m. Applying NFPA 25: Design Evaluation vs. ITM Monday, June 10, 9:30–10:30 a.m. NFPA 25, 2014 Edition: What is New and Different? Tuesday, June 11, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Seminar NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Certificate Saturday and Sunday, June 8–9 Post-Conference Seminar Changes to NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2014 Edition) Friday, June 14, 8 a.m.–noon Illustration: Rafael Ricoy By MATT KLAUS NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, focuses on wear-and-tear issues that can decrease the function of a water-based fire protection system and lead to ineffective system operation. Water-based systems have an excellent record of reliability, and most of the instances where these systems are ineffective or fail to operate involve causes that are easily preventable. According to NFPA data, 63 percent of systems that fail to operate are the result of the water supply being turned off. Lack of routine maintenance is another important factor in unsatisfactory system performance. An inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) program like the one outlined in NFPA 25—including a new valve status test proposed for the 2014 edition—is an easy way to maintain the reliability of these systems. Keeping up with the evolution of NFPA 25 is important, and the 2014 edition features an assortment of major changes. Those include ITM provisions for pump-related inspections; fuel supply testing for dieseldriven fire pumps; the definition of “sprinkler system”; inspecting the insides of sprinkler pipes; an expansion of the standard’s scope to include water-mist systems; new ITM provisions added for NFPA 13D systems in residential board and care occupancies; and the addition of valve-status testing to ensure that water is reaching the sprinkler system. MAY/JUNE 2013 NFPA JOURNAL 77

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - May/June 2013

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Treasurer's Report
Work in Progress
Amping It Up
Drill Team
Working Together
Code Process 2.0
Routine Maintenance
Here, There, Everywhere
Section Spotlight
Expo Preview: Exhibitors' Showcase
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013