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>> PersPectives VIEWPOINTS ON FIRE + LIFE SAFETY STILL SEARCHING Corrosion problems in dry-pipe sprinkler systems have a lot of people scratching their heads, including Colonial Williamsburg’s Danny McDaniel. EDUCATIONAL + INSTITUTIONAL OCCUPANCIES Mysteries in the Pipe Colonial Williamsburg’s Danny McDaniel on how sprinkler system corrosion issues at the historic site led to new provisions in NFPA 909   Colonial Williamsburg, once the epicenter of British political power in North America, is considered the largest living history museum in the world. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, a couple of hours south of Washington, D.C., the site’s 301-acre (122-hectare) historic area includes 88 original structures and nearly 500 reconstructed homes, shops, and public buildings that have the look and feel of their 18th-century predecessors. In addition to its many buildings, Colonial Williamsburg is home to a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including nearly 67,000 American and British antiques and works of art—furniture, paintings, tools, costumes, and more—and 5,000 pieces of folk art. 16 NFPA JOURNAL SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 Protecting such treasures is a priority for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates the site. Over the years, the foundation has installed sprinklers in nearly 50 of the buildings it oversees. (Benjamin Franklin, the forefather of the U.S. fire service, would have approved.) In 2001, when it was discovered that some of its dry-pipe sprinkler systems were corroding, resulting in pinhole leaks, the foundation began researching the issue. Its findings helped uncover a wider problem affecting sprinkler systems in cultural institutions around the world, which led, in turn, to new provisions in the 2010 edition of NFPA 909, Protection of Cultural Resource Properties—Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship, that address the corrosion issue. These provisions Photograph: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - September/October 2013

NFPA Journal - September/October 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Cover Story: Furniture Flamability
Special Report
NFPA Reports
NFPA Reports
Fire Analysis + Research
Section Spotlight
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - September/October 2013