B. Notification of staff for response shall be by digital voice systems unless not warranted by
existing conditions. For new systems, do not use coded or taped voice systems.
C. Coordinate fire alarm zones with smoke compartments and sprinkler zones (See Section
D. Provide initiating devices in accordance with NFPA 101, NFPA 72, and provide additional
manual pull stations adjacent to the nurse's stations in health care occupancies.
E. Provide institutional style (key to operate or locking covers) pull stations in psychiatric areas.
Provide covers on pull stations in child care centers to prevent children from initiating
unwanted alarms. Coordinate with the facility.
F. Notification Appliances: Placement and spacing of notification appliances shall be in
accordance with NFPA 72 and shall be selected based on the purpose of the notification (i.e.,
general evacuation or staff response) as follows: General Evacuation (See output 1 of Table
Note: These requirements are based on the building or area of the building being
evacuated upon alarm. Many areas in a health care setting should be designed as
general evacuation areas since there will be few or no staff to direct traffic. For
example, cafeterias, basements, and administration sections could be considered to be
general evacuation areas.
a. Provide audible notification appliances to be heard in all locations throughout the
protected premises (building).
b. Provide visible notification appliances in all public accessible areas of the building such
as corridors, auditoriums, cafeterias, open assembly rooms >= 750 ft2, canteens, retail
stores, etc. Exception: Visible notification appliances are not required in the following
spaces which are not considered to be public accessible:
1) Individual office spaces unless the space is known to have a hearing impaired
person stationed there.
2) Closets (janitor's/clothes etc.)
3) Utility shafts.
4) Crawl spaces.
5) Normally unoccupied rooms <= 100 ft2.
6) Normally unoccupied storage spaces where no regular activities take place other
than retrieval and placement of storage.
2. Staff response (See output 2 of Table 7.3):
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