International Code Council Adopts Electronic Monitoring of Fire Extinguishers


The International Code Council (ICC) voted unanimously in June to amend its International Fire Code (IFC) in order to permit electronic monitoring of fire extinguishers in lieu of 30-day physical inspections.

According to the ICC, 32 states use the IFC. Utah was the first state in the nation to adopt standards for the electronic monitoring technology. Moreover, state fire marshals in Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire and New Jersey have also given the go-ahead for occupancies to install such equipment while the necessary code changes are in process.

 

The new code language, which is endorsed by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), does not mandate the use of electronically monitored fire extinguishers; instead it allows its use as an alternative to thirty-day physical inspections. IFC Section 906.2 was revised to include a second exception that reads, “The use of a supervised, listed electronic monitoring device shall be permitted in lieu of 30-day interval inspections, when approved.” The IFC change takes effect January 1, 2005.

 

Fire equipment industry studies show that 90% of 30-day physical inspections simply do not happen, according to John McSheffrey, vice president of MIJA, a manufacturer of this technology. “Large office towers can have hundreds if not thousands of extinguishers that must be checked manually each month—costing building operators both valuable time and money,” said McSheffrey. “In the event even one extinguisher is not properly inspected and it is not available in an emergency—the liability costs could be enormous. By implementing 24-7 electronic monitoring, safety is increased and liability is reduced.”

 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code NFPA-10 for commercial facilities requires physical inspections of fire extinguishers every 30 days for presence, position, pressurization and unobstructed access. McSheffrey says that extinguishers equipped with electronic monitoring exceed these requirements by monitoring constantly for presence and position while checking every 15 hours for pressure and obstruction to access. Fire extinguisher monitoring systems are also capable of generating a log of extinguisher readiness and impairment history, which is useful to both building owners and fire inspectors. For more information, go to www.iccsafe.org .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me