As the new year approaches, it’s helpful for building owners, contractors, and facility managers alike to get up to speed on 2022 NFPA manual changes. Here are highlights of what’s coming in 2022 for updates to NFPA manuals.
2022 NFPA Manual Changes for NFPA 72 (Fire Detection, Signaling & Emergency Communications)
Highlights of 2022 updates to NFPA 72 include the following:
Cybersecurity Requirements: NFPA 72 now includes requirements to address cybersecurity and the protection of fire alarm & signaling systems to prevent / block cyber attacks on such systems.
Enhanced Focus on Ability To Transmit System Data: In the past, NFPA 72 defined four levels of pathway survivability for transmitting system information during fires. The 2022 update adds a fifth level that reduces the 2-hour rated application down to 1 hour.
Remote Access: New remote access standards have been added for resetting, silencing, or operating emergency control functions, and to perform remote diagnostics.
Detector Technology Changes: There are a number of changes being put in place with regard to detector technologies & methodologies, as well as a change in languge to mitigate false triggers.
Traffic Light System Color Coding: A green, yellow & red color-coded tagging system has been added / updated for visual, at-a-glance monitoring of fire alarm and signalling systems.
2022 NFPA Changes In Discussion for NFPA 25 (Water-based Fire Protection Systems)
One of the biggest changes that’s been discussed for NFPA 25 relates to the use of antifreeze in wet fire sprinkler systems. Wet fire sprinkler systems were required to have freeze protection if any part of the sprinkler system was located in areas where a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher could not be maintained. However, actual events have shown that antifreeze solution actually can fuel a fire when the sprinkler activates, in scenarios where the active ingredients in antifreeze become too high near fire sprinklers.
Fire protection systems installed prior to 2012 will require changes to stay in compliance with NFPA 25. Highlights of required changes include the need for an additional control or test valve; signage that outlines the location of antifreeze in the physical space; a listing of the antifreeze manufacturer; and the concentration / volume of antifreeze in the wet fire sprinkler system. Basic action items also in discussion include new requirements for flushing the system and replacing the antifreeze.
The deadline for meeting these new requirements is: Sept. 30, 2022.
“The changes being implemented for 2022 NFPA code updates are thoughtful enhancements designed to improve safety and/or the inspection process,” noted Asurio General Manager Jack Coffelt. “Asurio is fortunate in having an on-site, full-time forms team that is responsible for updating our inspection forms to include NFPA code changes as they are implemented.”
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