6.2 Standpipes and Fire Hose Connections:
A. Standpipes shall be installed in all buildings where required by NFPA 101, NFPA 45, or NFPA
1, except as modified by the following paragraphs.
B. Install Class 1 hose connections per NFPA 14.
C. Wet standpipes are preferred.
D. Flow and pressure requirements shall comply with NFPA 14 except as modified in Section
5.3, Fire Pumps.
E. For seismic requirements, refer to Section 6.3 I.
Note: If the facility is a high-rise building, defined by NFPA 14 as a building more than
75 feet from the lowest level of fire department access to the floor of the highest
occupied level, an automatic standpipe system is required by NFPA 14. It is the
position of the VA that the pump be sized only for the sprinkler system demand and to
let the fire department handle the manual fire fighting pressure requirements. The fire
pump should be sized to handle the automatic standpipe fire fighting requirements in
NFPA 14 only where the fire department pumper truck can not provide the necessary
pressures, and this is not anticipated at any VA facility.
6.3 Gaseous Systems (Halon, Carbon Dioxide, etc.): Avoid using if possible. In extreme cases where
water is not available, gaseous systems may be permitted to be used.
6.4 Portable Fire Extinguishers:
A. Do not provide fire extinguishers. Locate fire extinguisher cabinets to comply with NFPA 10.
Locate additional fire extinguisher cabinets in the surgical suite and in elevator machine
B. Size fire extinguisher cabinets to accommodate a 9.5 L (2-1/2 gallon) pressurized water
extinguisher. Recessed cabinets are preferred. Specify conspicuous marking of recessed
6.5 Extinguishing Systems for cooking facilities/equipment: Provide wet chemical fire extinguishing
systems in accordance with UL 300 and NFPA 17A. See 3.3.
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